Monday, April 24, 2006

Kevin Sites Goes Online to Tell Smaller But More Important Stories

From -- Kevin Sites has been doing something similar to Positive Pelham, but on a much larger and more dangerous scale. He has been traveling around the world and visiting worn-torn countries and reporting on the real-life stories that are happening within these countries. Here is an excerpt from the article:

"Halfway through a year-long gig to visit nearly two dozen conflict-ridden countries for Yahoo Inc.'s news Web site, Sites said he gladly trades the mass audience for the freedom to tell smaller stories about human lives.

"I can be putting `American Idol' on the site and have 20 to 30 million people, but what kind of impact am I having?" Sites said during a brief return to the United States.

From northern Iraq, Sites wrote about the tranquility and economic development surrounding a park that was once an Iraqi Army headquarters. From Baghdad, he reported on the complexities of the U.S. Army's humanitarian mission. Later in Afghanistan, he compiled a photo essay on the good luck charms worn by service personnel.

Other news organizations carry human-interest items, too, but Sites says he enjoys devoting his full attention to it _ and doing it through text, video and photos, in a mix that makes the most sense for each story.

"I don't have to cover the news of the day," Sites said. "I don't have to do a body count every day."

In an interview at the global headquarters of The Associated Press, Sites also said he could visit locales he considers undercovered on the evening news: Somalia, Uganda, Colombia and the Democratic Republic of Congo, among others.

His site, at , has the feel of a fancy Web journal, with the latest dispatches on top and the ability for readers to post comments. But Sites, 43, sees his effort as more narrative storytelling than blog."

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