UNC journalism students launch snazzy film about water

Aug 01 2012

In “100 gallons,” a new online film from the UNC School of Journalism and Mass Communication, viewers learn some intriguing facts about water.

A turd is 75 percent water, for instance.

The best-tasting water has a flavor resembling spit, for another.

And the average American consumes 100 gallons of water a day, the fact that gave the film its name.

Nine students at the journalism school spent 10 weeks producing the stories for the project, which launched Wednesday. The film examines the role that water plays in Americans’ lives.

Viewers explore the stories with a highly unusual navigation tool: a 2.5-minute video that, when paused, reveals stories related to the image on the screen at that moment.

Highlights of the film include the story of a New York City man who explores and photographs the city’s sewers, the tale of an Ohio woman who decides to sell her home when her neighbors sign up for gas drilling, and a look at the quest to find water in space.

Watch the film.


4 comments on “UNC journalism students launch snazzy film about water

  1. Robert says:

    I had to share this…when you said the average American 'consumes' 100 gallons of water a day, I had to stop and think…do we really 'drink' that much? It quickly dawned on me that the word 'consumes' in your report doesn't necessarily imply drinking, at least entirely! Thanks for waking me up a bit today…glad to learn I'm not average since I'm conservative with water (have been all of my life) and doubt I use more than 10 to 15 gallons per day.

    • Stephanie says:

      Glad to hear you were impacted by this small fact, Robert! And that you're quite conservative with your water use. In the newsroom, as we completed this project, we continually learned facts about water that amazed us. I hope you find more throughout our project!

  2. Daniela says:

    Great video! What class was this for?

    • Stephanie says:

      It was for the summer fellowship program for Powering a Nation. There will be a Powering a Nation class in the fall, independent of the summer project, and then applications for the summer program should be available by late fall. You can get in touch with Laura Ruel or Chad Stevens in the VisCom department for more information.

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