Multimedia Storytelling

Content here combines different elements of media to construct stories that bring content to life. These works were created for the Multimedia Journalism course at Ithaca College. All stories were published in the online magazine "Ithaca Week," with some reprinted in the local news website, "Ithaca Voice."

January 2, 2017

By Kelli Kyle and John Stanley

Since about 7:30 a.m., 12-year-old Samuel Smith has been stationed in the meeting-room turned-theater space on the third floor of the Community School of Music and Arts (CSMA) on State Street in downtown Ithaca. It’s a Saturday, and instead sleeping in, Smith is heading a community arts project, stacking dominoes for a cause. Throughout the day, community members wander in and out of the space, cr...

January 2, 2017

By Faith Maciolek and Kelli Kyle

Sitting in the Ithaca City Cemetery is a monument, featuring two columns deliberately broken at the top- a Victorian symbol of a life cut short. The grave belongs to the Heggie sisters, Charlotte and Mary, poisoned with arsenic by their mentally unstable mother Elizabeth in the 19th Century. The monument stands today as a memorial to the girls and their tragic story.

This is one of the tales feat...

January 2, 2017

By Kelli Kyle and Ciara Lucas

The Moosewood Cafe in Ithaca recently removed the question about job candidates’ prior convictions from its employment application. This action is part of a larger movement known as “Ban the Box,” which advocates for fair hiring practices of formerly incarcerated people.

More than 100 cities and counties in the United States have joined the movement in some form, including the cities of Syracus...

January 2, 2017

By Kelli Kyle and Olivia Cross

The 2015-2016 school year has officially kicked off the Ithaca City School District’s 1:1 initiative that provides fourth through 12th grade students with Chromebooks and kindergarten through third grade students with iPads.

The official announcement came in December 2014. The district said this move is a redistribution of technology. It leaves higher grade levels with Chromebooks and younger grade...

December 30, 2016

By Kelli Kyle

On a Sunday afternoon, Finnegan O’Brien fires up the grill at Grubbi Groks BBQ, a barbecue restaurant in Dryden. At just nine years old, he is just over a foot taller than the appliance he is using.

“It’s really fun,” Finnegan said. “They let us do stuff we don’t get to do at home – like using the grill, using the fryer.”

At the other counter, his seven-year-old sister, Hazel, cleans leaves of oregano. Their father,...

December 30, 2016

By Kelli Kyle

At the Ithaca Ballet studio on a Saturday afternoon, around a dozen girls catch their breath, preparing to assemble in formation. After a quick minute rest and a sip of water, they scurry to their places for the beginning of the number.

Company artistic director Cindy Reid hits play on the stereo, filling the open space with an all-too-familiar flute melody that the dancers have been listening to continually for th...

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