American Documentary Brings Innovation to Digital Storytelling with PBS's POV
American Documentary, Inc. (AmDoc) today announced a plan to further expand its nonfiction series, POV, beyond television into the digital space with new innovations in storytelling. With $250,000 from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, POV will increase its digital co-productions, hire a technology fellow and continue its successful nonfiction media lab, POV Hackathon.
Since the 1990s, PBS's award-winning nonfiction broadcast series POV (a cinema term for "point of view") has built a reputation for digital innovation. POV built PBS's first program website and created PBS's first interactive storytelling project, the Webby Award-winning "POV's Borders"; POV has also continually created companion film websites and apps. Recently, POV and The New York Times announced a collaboration to premiere new documentaries on the organizations' websites. The first film, "The Men of Atalissa," produced by The New York Times, can be seen on pbs.org/pov and www.nytimes.com.
Building on POV's digital track record, $75,000 of the Knight Foundation funding will go to two promising media projects that push the boundaries of nonfiction media in the digital age. The projects will receive technical and creative support to take them from idea to prototype to a finished product.
With the balance of the support, POV will offer a yearlong fellowship to a technologist and continue its nonfiction media hackathon labs. The chosen fellow will develop digital and mobile tools for nonfiction media makers. Since 2012, the POV Hackathon labs have gathered media Makers and technologists to collaborate and develop new innovations in documentary for the Web. In 2014, POV will organize two labs in New York and for the first time hold a lab in Los Angeles.