The six-part illustrated documentary series is the brainchild of Carrie Ching, a veteran digital storyteller with Berkeley’s Center for Investigative Reporting. As she explains to New York Observer media reporter Kara Bloomgarden-Smoke, the Web series came together quickly after she pitched Vice in May.
Here’s how VICE frames the endeavor, with Episode One featuring journalist and filmmaker Mimi Chakarova narrating her undercover reporting in red light districts in Turkey and Dubai:
Journalists go deep. Sometimes they go so deep into a story they lose track of where the story ends and their private life begins. Correspondent Confidential is a series of illustrated documentary shorts narrated by award-winning journalists. Newspaper reporters, documentary filmmakers, radio producers, and journalists tell personal stories about the harrowing—and hilarious—experiences they’ve had on the job while reporting on some of the world’s most high-profile issues and events.
The illustrations for the first episode by Marina Luz are striking, but tasteful. Different artists will be featured in future monthly episodes.