Creative Inspirations: Richard Koci Hernandez, Multimedia Journalist

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Creative Inspirations: Richard Koci Hernandez, Multimedia Journalist
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This installment in the Creative Inspirations documentary series features Richard "Koci" Hernandez, a national Emmy® award-winning video and multimedia producer who is at the forefront of the next generation of journalism. Retracing his steps, Koci shares how he began his obsession with photography and his love of visual storytelling with a trip to the Ansel Adams Gallery in Yosemite. Thirty years and three newspapers later, he finds himself teaching multimedia storytelling at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. Koci is known for inventing techniques on the fly, often teaching himself new software just moments before completing a project and incorporating fresh ideas with stunning results. Koci readily learns as much from his students and blog readers as he teaches them, and openly shares with us his constant journey of discovery.

In Bonus Features, Koci is interviewed by Graduate School of Journalism colleague Jeremy Rue at the Pacific Film Archive Theatre, University of California, Berkeley.



(airy alternative music) - [Voiceover] Telling the story, for me, is breathing. It doesn't matter how I do it, if it's in motion graphics, if it's a picture, if it's a piece of video, whatever it is.

Foundation is story and storytelling. That's never gonna change. Since the day we've been (deep breath) putting pictures on cave walls, is story. That's what's most important. There is a need in me to take pictures.

When I have a camera in my hands, my head, and I hope my heart, are connecting in a way that says press that button, press that button. And I do. And it feels amazing. It's the art, for me, of discovery. I love to discover new things, new places, new people.

It's just that, it's like. (heavy breathing) What could it be? What could it be? What's around that corner? Oh my gosh, look at that. Oh, look at that. Look at, click, boom, move on. And just keep over, and over, and over, and over again.

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