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Pig-N-Ford Champion Ben Salo Embraces His Unusual Family Tradition

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The project’s intent is to break the mold of traditional storytelling — both in narrative form and aesthetic value. Mychal Sargent, a UO graduate, hosts the series and brings his unconventional perspective to the project.

A fundamental objective of NW Stories is to engage audiences in new ways through emphasizing transparency. The team will use social media to share behind-the-scenes vignettes about how the stories come together, allowing audiences to follow, engage and influence the production process. Individual stories will be viewable here in the coming months. Watch it unfold on this webpage.

NW Stories Behind-the-Scenes#1 from SOJC on Vimeo.

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About NW Stories

NW Stories is an experimental video documentary series about intriguing people who share a connection to this region produced in partnership between students at the School of Journalism and Communication at the University of Oregon and OPB.