Dan Archer

Dan Archer

2014-2015 Reynolds Fellow

  Residential fellow
  Reynolds Journalism Institute


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Website: http://www.empatheticmedia.com/
Telephone: 650-714-6664

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About Dan Archer

Dan Archer is a graphic journalist who uses comics and immersive storytelling to report on human rights issues in situations where video or photographic equipment is inappropriate or, at worst, traumatic for those involved.

Archer was a 2014-2015 RJI Fellow and a 2011 Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford University, where he also taught nonfiction graphic novel writing from 2008 to 2014. His current work explores the crossover of interactive comics with transmedia storytelling and virtual reality. One example was the virtual reality reconstruction of the Michael Brown shooting that occurred in Ferguson, Missouri in August 2014.  His work has been published by the BBC, CBC, Vice magazine, Fusion, San Francisco Public Press, American Public Media, Truthout and PBS.

In addition to news outlets, his nonfiction comics have been translated into multiple languages and distributed by International Nongovernmental Organizations such as Save the Children, World Education and the International Organization for Migration, as well as featured in the State Department’s 2013 Trafficking in Persons report. His comics on human trafficking also form the core content of a pioneering study to measure the impact of visual media in low literacy areas of Nepal, co-sponsored by the State Department, Humanity United and Stanford and Vanderbilt universities.

Dan Archer is a graphic journalist who uses comics and immersive storytelling to report on human rights issues. He was a 2014-2015 RJI Fellow.

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Dan Archer's fellowship project

Dan Archer of Aptos, California explored transmedia storytelling (publishing different parts of news stories across multiple digital platforms) through the creation of a visual news consultancy, Empathetic Media, that will provide production services to newsrooms without the in-house expertise or budget to do so for themselves. Platforms included the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset and Unity game engine (for VR and web apps), as well as interactive webdocs, multimedia graphic journalism pieces and data visualizations produced in HTML5.

During his fellowship, Archer created a virtual, interactive re-creation of the scene where Michael Brown was fatally shot in Ferguson, Missouri in August 2014. The piece, which is hosted on Fusion’s website, is made up of a series of web comics and 3-D simulations.

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