The New York Times and POV today announced a new joint initiative aimed at exploring and expanding the future of documentary filmmaking. Called the Embedded Mediamaker project, the venture will have a “documentary filmmaker, creator or creative technologist rooted in documentary storytelling” work alongside POV and journalists at the Times for 20 weeks with the goal of producing an interactive, hybrid-format project about race.
“We are thrilled to collaborate with POV on what will certainly be a transformative moment for digital journalism,” said Nancy Gauss, the Times‘ Executive Director of Video. “The filmmaker will work alongside The Times‘ most creative journalists to experiment with innovative storytelling tools to explore and report on race, one of the biggest issues in the country right now.”
POV, the PBS documentary series, is produced by American Documentary, Inc.; this new venture is funded by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. POV and the Times will seek pitches from potential mediamakers, with applications due by Monday, July 25. Applicants can apply here.