HuffPost puts out videos daily on their main website, but their YouTube channel is where they excel. It is difficult to sift through all the content on mobile and desktop to locate visual stories, since written articles vastly outnumber them. The YouTube platform, however, makes it easy for users on mobile and desktop browsers alike to scroll through all recent uploads or pick a playlist of videos within a certain genre to explore. They’ve amassed over 400,000 subscribers.
I came across this video on the video section of their main website. The topic is compelling, as are the interviews, but the visuals lack the same intensity.
Most of the shots are simply different views of the Brigham Young University campus or photos of the interview subjects that are unrelated to feminism, the topic at hand.
Furthermore, the interview subjects mention that the Mormon religion is rather hostile to feminism, but there are no photos or video clips inserted that prove this argument. Of course the subjects are credible, but visuals should back up their words anyway as quotes or data would back up their words in a written article.
Sadly, I found myself listening to the video and looking away from the screen because while the subjects’ words were compelling, the visuals added little to no value to the overall narrative.
Alternatively, this editorial video on Black Panther provides a relevant visual for each claim the commentator makes and integrates different visuals for added interest.
There are video clips of fans celebrating the film. Scenes from the movie itself remind fans why they enjoyed it and intrigue those who haven’t seen it yet.
These visuals are accompanied by the voiceover of HuffPost Black Voices Editor Taryn Finley, with video of Finley speaking staggered evenly throughout to keep it interesting. It is important to see her facial expressions every once in a while because she’s speaking about a topic she is passionate about (black representation in film); watching her speak is compelling.
Additionally, the video includes data visualization of how underrepresented black people are in the film industry to emphasize her argument that Black Panther is a cultural milestone.