A multimedia exhibition has opened in London offering insights into the stories of news reporting during the major events that took place in 2011, including revolutions in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and Syria and the London riots.
“Frontline: A Year of Journalism & Conflict” features photos, still Sky News footage and background interviews with reporters and editors who worked to cover breaking stories.
The exhibition, held in Somerset House in the UK capital, employs new technology using iPads to give visitors an insight into the featured subjects.
“Visitors with a smart phone can download an application called Aurasma, which can bring some of the exhibits to life. Still images have been taken from Sky’s video footage and displayed on the wall of the gallery,” the Sky News website reported.
“But by pointing a smart phone at the picture, the video from which it was taken automatically begins to play,” the website added.
Michael Sullivan, a former BBC Correspondent, told the news site that in today’s multimedia environment people expect to have instantaneous images of a story, but he noted that powerful images should not obscure the less dramatic side of the events.
“In Tahrir Square in Egypt we saw the spontaneous uprising of youth, but what about the people who are voting, over 60 percent we understand, for quite hard-line Islamic candidates and parties.”