Under Our Skin is an interactive video project that grew out of conversations about how we at The Seattle Times cover race at a time when national and local events — the furor over police shootings, the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement, protests on college campuses and charged campaign rhetoric — dominate headlines.
Coming together from all corners of the newsroom, a group of videographers, developers, editors, reporters, photographers and designers decided to examine 12 words and phrases that we noticed people using and interpreting very differently — terms like “microaggression,” “safe space” and “white privilege.” We invited 18 people who represent a mix of ages, backgrounds and perspectives to talk about what those expressions mean to them. Those conversations, which often lasted several hours, were insightful, thought-provoking, honest, at times funny — and sometimes uncomfortable.
Thirty-one hours of video footage were woven into 12 closed-captioned videos focusing on each of the words, plus a background video on each of the 18 participants. Viewers can watch the videos in whatever order they wish. When they’re through, they are invited to share their responses.
- My role:
- Pre-production & concept development