Capturing Nature's Essence: Multimedia Storytelling for a Better Chesapeake Bay | Sea Change

October 14, 2022

Photography and more! Capturing Nature's story with media!

Stories have the power to change us. They can shape or challenge our opinions and values, and give us an opportunity to understand how someone else experiences the world. During this episode, Jenna connects with a longtime friend and seasoned multimedia story sharer, Will Parson, to explore his approach to sharing stories about the environment and outdoors from coast to coast. Over the course of his career, Will has reported on issues like sustainable fishing in Nova Scotia, sugaring season in Vermont, acid mine drainage in Southeast Ohio, and polluted surf spots near San Diego’s international border with Tijuana. In 2014, Will joined the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay as their Multimedia Manager where he produces photo and video stories for the Chesapeake Bay Program. His work throughout the Bay watershed appears on the Chesapeake Bay Program website.

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Jenna Valente

A passion for conservation and appreciation for the natural world was engrained in Jenna at a young age. Her father was in the Coast Guard. This meant she always had the fortune of living near the ocean, including Hawaii, Washington State, and Maine. Both of her parents encouraged her to spend the majority of her time outside. As a result, she finds that she is most comfortable barefoot and exploring the coast, countryside, or mountains. Her favorite thing about the ocean is the sheer power of it all. Jenna joined the American Littoral Society as the Healthy Oceans Coalition Coordinator from the Chesapeake Research Consortium where she was a member of the communications staff and focused on building the brand of the program and ensure the health of the Chesapeake Bay. Jenna completed her Executive Master of Natural Resources from Virginia Tech in 2015 and also has her Bachelors in Communication and Journalism from the University of Maine.