Blue Chalk Gifts Ochre to Northeastern University’s Media Innovation Program

February 7, 2016

We're happy to announce that we're passing on Ochre, our visual storytelling blog, to the new graduate program in digital journalism at Northeastern University in Boston.  

Our mission with Ochre was to create a place to ask questions of the visual storytelling industry and collectively share the search for answers. It seems only natural to house Ochre at a place where inquiry is a daily event.   

Since it began, the blog has featured pieces ranging from how non-profits like Human Rights Watch are using videos to help tell and magnify their stories to examinations of the role virtual reality is playing in journalism. Ochre has also been nominated for a Webby for Websites: Blog - Business and was an Honoree for Websites/ Best Use of Photography.

The students and staff at Northeastern’s Media Innovation program will now be overseeing the production and editing of stories for the site and publishing pieces monthly. Blue Chalk will continue to contribute articles on an occasional basis.   

The Media Innovation program is already home to Storybench, which provides an under-the-hood look at some of the most innovative projects in digital storytelling. Ochre will be its perfect compliment, taking a deeper dive into the issues and aesthetics that are shaping the media world.     

All of us at Blue Chalk send a huge thank you to all of you who helped get Ochre off the ground—the writers, contributors, editors, developers, designers, and especially our readers! We hope you'll join us in celebrating this exciting new collaboration.

The first post written by the program, "The Boat: Navigating new waters of an online graphic novel," is now live on Ochre.

Photo: Drawing from the interactive graphic novel, "The Boat," which is profiled on Ochre.