by Sarah Hunt

Hidden Documentary tells compelling stories for curious people. Often, many of our readers want to know about the story behind storytelling. How is a good story selected? How is a good story told?

To answer these questions, I sought out Zach Wise,  senior multimedia producer for the New York Times. Zach and I met in Adelaide where he told me about the new storytelling initatives at the Times.

Recent innovations by Zach’s team include; A year at war, an indepth look at how American troops in Afghanistan are responding to their experiences; Haiti, an innovate photo composite from the middle of a Port-au-Prince street after the 2010 earthquake; and Flipped, a ‘choose you own adventure’ story about the influence of private equity firms in the US.

In part one, Zach tells us about the growth areas of the New York Times and the move to non-linear story formats. Next week in part two, Zach will explain the inner workings of the New York Times and gives his predictions on the future of digital media.

New York Times’ Senior Multimedia Producer Zach Wise speaks on the future of storytelling – part one from hiddendoco on Vimeo.