Anteaters Who Will Change The World is a digital multimedia project that highlights the best and brightest minds of the UC Irvine undergraduate population. The project offers a glimpse into the lives of students, who impact those around them. Each subject’s voice narrates a collection of still images, creating an in-depth storytelling experience.
Potential students were nominated by professors, friends, and professional staff of UC Irvine. The final group was chosen through a rigorous selection process comprised of applications and face to face interviews. The selection process was followed by weeks of intense observation, photography, and audio recording. The work has been published in the form of an intuitive website optimized for use on both mobile and desktop devices to accommodate the 21st century audience. The final product is a strikingly visual, compelling, and immersive piece of journalism that elevates the standard of digital storytelling at UC Irvine.
Max and Michaela are both Literary Journalism majors at UC Irvine and are passionate about digital media and new forms of storytelling. Their project Anteaters Who Will Change the World was a twenty week long venture of interviews, photography, and long nights.
Although the journey was a difficult one, they enjoyed working together to bring this project to life. Max is scheduled to graduate in Spring 2015, while Michaela will complete her final year of the Literary Journalism program in the 2015-2016 school year.
For as long as I can remember, I've wanted to pursue a career in media.
Throughout grade school, I always wrote for my school newspaper. During high school, I worked my way to becoming the editor in chief, and when I left for college, to attend the University of Oregon I declared a major in journalism.
During my studies, I decided to take a year off of school, I worked as a publicist at a fine arts public relations firm, and when I decided to return to school at UC Irvine, I declared a major in literary journalism.
I believe that Anteaters Who Will Change the World is an impressive final product that serves as a fantastic example of what can be done through digital multimedia I wholeheartedly believe that this project can inspire other journalism students to take the initiative to produce quality digital media projects like this one, changing the landscape of student media at UC Irvine.
Over the past two decades, the field of journalism has gone through significant changes. Print journalism is dying, and a new era of digital journalism is rising from its ashes. While this is no secret and has been happening gradually for years, major media organizations are still struggling to find a digital media system that works. College graduates with journalism degrees are entering the work force only to find that much of what they learned in college is irrelevant.
Currently, I am a co-president of the on campus organization Anteater Television and a freelance reporter for the Orange County Register. Working in media is all I have ever known and all I ever want to do. My passion for journalism runs deep, as does my passion for innovation in the field of journalism.
I am not a color palette. I do not separate my interests into little compartments. I am a seamless blend of pigments and hues.
My mission is to touch an indefinite number of people's lives. I am a student and a professional, a writer and a speaker, a performer and a book worm. The product of my spectrum of talents is always the same, an expression of hard work and passion.
My inspiration for Anteaters Who Will Change the World stems from a personal dance adventure. From January 2014-September 2014, I was not a student, but a working professional, performing on Disney Cruise Lines for over 8,000 people a week. During this time I continued to share the events happening to me through monthly newsletters, self-edited videos, and personal journals. I met people from all over the world with stories that would astound even the most seasoned traveler. Coming back to UC Irvine to complete my degree, I was motivated to find stories of UC Irvine students that can rival those on my Disney Cruise ship.
I believe that Anteaters Who Will Change the World is not only a positive way to introduce UC Irvine to a new storytelling form, but also to a new avenue to obtain and share information and news happening around the campus. This is the first step in creating my future vision of a student run, tech savvy, sophisticated hub of creative storytelling and news coverage, ranging from sports, art performances, student life, and cultural activities.
Here on the UC Irvine campus, I strive to involve myself in all mediums of journalism. I am a Staff Writer for the New University, the campus newspaper, the News Director for 88.9fm KUCI, the campus radio station, and the Vice President of AnteaterTV, the broadcast journalism organization. All of which complement my Literary Journalism degree with practical, hands on experiences.
Anteater Television is a multimedia journalism organization on the campus of University of California Irvine. To see more of Max and Michaela's work, please visit AnteaterTV's website.
Max and Michaela would like to thank their world-changing Anteaters, the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program, and their mentor, Professor Barry Siegel, the Director of the UC Irvine Literary Journalism, for his guidance and encouragement.