I prefer to read the news online. I do pick up a copy of the Casper Star Tribune every day which is free on campus. Being that I am a full-time college student, (with a passion for Facebook Scrabble), I am on my laptop 24/7. I love that the journalism field is moving in new directions. I chose to study this because I love to write! I’m happy in this program. Journalism is about so much more than writing. I am thrilled to learn the new “technical” stuff required. I never imagined that I would become computer savvy, or a decent photographer or even a blogger! I intend to master these technical skills, graduate from the University of Wyoming, and actually get a job in my field!
The days of simple news stories, the one photo and breif text are on their way out. Today, multimedia stories include elements such as audio, graphics, Flash interactive, feedback, links, polls, videos and other rich content, in addition to the text and photos. News will never be the same!
After “surfing” the web for some spectacular multimedia stories to share, this is what I found:
I think this story, Chile Mine Rescue, is well-done. I spent over an hour reading and exploring. This site has many links. The first one, Profiles:Trapped Miners, has portraits of the 33 miners who are trapped. You can click on each one of their photos for a brief summary about them. This feature allows the reader to connect to these people on a personal levcl. Another link titled Trapped Underground allows the reader to view actual pictures of the site and sketches of the rescue plan and refuge area where the miners wait for help.
Upon reading the New York Times, I stumbled upon a brilliant multimedia story titled, Six days, Six States, Six Peaks. I felt the writing here to be detailed yet short and simple. Each Peak includes a picture and detailed hiking instructions, directions and local’s favorite hot spot information. In addition to the creative writing, each mountain peak includes a feature that directs you to an interactive map of New England. The peaks on the map then link you to a small box of geographical feature data and additional photos. Also, under each mountain name you can link to the state for more travel information. I loved this multimedia article and I learned quite a bit without intending to. I’m not a hiker but I do feel like I could tackle a mountain right about now.
I turned to Fox News because I am biased and easily frustrated with their preposterous news coverage. I was hoping to find an example of a bad multimedia article. However, it was more difficult than I thought. I really couldn’t pinpoint a multimedia article that demonstrated poor multimedia skills, just ones that lacked those elements all together.
I read Two Asteroids to Buzz Earth Wednesday. The information in the article appeared to be from NASA, but failed to attribute any one in particular. The article also included one image and a few links. This story, in my opinion, really would benefit greatly by adding a few multimedia elements. NASA’s website contains many of these elements. I think it is very creative, advanced and an intuitive learning tool which is why this article seems so incredibly lame. It is in desperate need of a quote, perhaps a short audio clip and a few satellite images.