The Art of Storytelling

Meghan Louttit and Kainaz Amaria answering questions at the 2013 Schuneman Symposium.

By: Allison Sharpe as642711@ohio.edu

Kainaz Amaria speaks to a standing-room only crowd at Baker Center Theater.

Kainaz Amaria speaks to a standing-room only crowd at Baker Center Theater.

Adventure, exploration, discovery; these are all characteristics of the proud storyteller Kainaz Amaria, who spoke at the Schuneman Symposium on Tuesday, February 26.

While studying international relations and political science at Boston College, Amaria discovered photojournalism.

“Why are you doing this to us?” was her dad’s response to her new found passion.

While traveling from city to city, Amaria realized she knew very little about her own story. That’s when she decided to learn more about her culture. A Fulbright scholarship allowed Amaria to embark on an exploration of  the Parsi faith in India.

Just like every other project she had worked on before, Amaria found herself working towards gaining the trust of community members.

The Parsi population has been in a steady decline over the years. Amaria explained that because woman are striving for independence and careers, there is less of a focus on family life, therefore less focus on having kids to keep the population steady.

Being a single, career-oriented women had never been a bad thing, until Amaria realized that was the very thing destroying her people.

“I’m the living embodiment of the death of my community”, said Amaria.

“India tested my sense of purpose, my value, and my core”, reflected Amaria. “We owe it to ourselves to understand who we are”.

Amaria is now working for National Public Radio, also known as NPR. [CS1] The goal at NPR is to increase the collective voice. She went on to explain how projects at NPR are a group effort. For a single project, producers may choose to combine selected pictures with another person’s radio recordings and/or video.

“This is a type of collaboration” Amaria stated.

Amaria will soon be an alumnus of the Ohio University Masters program, and will continue to work with NPR on bigger and better projects.

Meghan Louttit speaks to a standing-room only crowd in Baker Center Theater.

Meghan Louttit speaks to a standing-room only crowd in Baker Center Theater.

Meghan Louttit is a multimedia editor for the New York Times. She is an Alumni of Ohio University, and still remembers her time as a student in the Scripps School of Journalism,

She works at the investigative desk at the New York Times designing custom templates for combining multimedia and news stories.

Louttit said, “I’ve been working on custom templates for a year now and each time it is different.”

Louttit knew from the time she was a little girl that she wanted to tell stories; to be the observer and explain what she saw.

“No matter how long I and other colleauges have worked at the Times, we are still humbled to work there”, said Louttit. “This is what happens when collaboration is used”.

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