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The rise of the mini-documentary

Michael Blanding writes about an 11-minute Guardian video, "If I Die on Mars," as the exemplar of a new type of content for news sites: "The film is one in an explosion of short nonfiction films that have increasingly populated the channels of mainstream news sites, connecting human beings with true stories from around the world. Call them mini-documentaries." Blanding also discusses some challenges in joining video with print journalism and putting it on small screens.