Overcoming obstacles to eradicate global poverty

Overcoming obstacles to eradicate global poverty

Monash University’s journalism and multimedia design students have joined forces to produce an innovative digital interactive on global poverty.

The storytelling feature offers a 360° interactive experience, including a rotating globe , pop-up poverty information bites on various countries, visually enriched stories and a 3D virtual experience for mobile devices, including smart phones.

The project, Global Poverty, has been published for Monash news via Adobe programs and its stories on media platform, Shorthand, which is commonly used in leading publishing companies, including the BBC, The Guardian, Reuters and Time Inc.

Project topics included climate change, gender, foreign aid and Indigenous community issues.

Click on the globe for a interactive story experience, including 360° virtual experience and map.

Journalism lecturer Julie Tullberg and teacher Warren Clark supervised the story content, while Master of Multimedia lecturers Jeff Janet and Ben Roberts, both from Monash's Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture, guided the postgraduate students during the 12-week project.

“Storytelling techniques continue to evolve and the students are excited to explore innovative ways to produce great journalism and multimedia design,” Ms Tullberg said.

“We are grateful for the support of Jeff Janet and Ben Roberts, as they lead their students to explore new methods to produce exciting stories.

“In newsrooms, many people with different talents come together to produce something special. We are trying to replicate the newsroom experience through interdisciplinary collaborations within the university.”

More than 20 students were involved in the project, as they contributed visual ideas to storytelling project.

The university also acknowledges the support of the Oxfam Monash Partnership, in partnership with the Monash Sustainability Institute, which played a critical part in the project.

The African military oversees a poverty-stricken township. Picture: Supplied