Paste your links to great multimedia journalism in the comments of this post. And explain why you chose them.
I chose this great video because it displays an array of mixed media. It tells the story of Kingsley through audio, photographs, video, and music. Also mediastorm has so many great multi-media videos.
MultimediaShooter is a site that I have come across that I think captures the concept of multimedia journalism exceptionally well. The site discusses how journalists can incorporate video, photography, and podcasts into their stories. It also features video clips and photography from journalists throughout world telling stories about people of all walks of life – everyone from Obama to the owner of the world’s largest record collection. What I really like about this site is that it shows the ways that multimedia can tell a story that words alone can not. Viewers can become emotionally invested in a two minute short because they can hear the source telling their story in their own words and see images of them going about their daily life. It’s a great example of how powerful a tool multimedia can be.
Another one is “intended Consequences” http://www.mediastorm.org/0024.htm
This is also another wonderful multimedia piece about rwandan women being raped and killed by the Hutu militia. Another one is Kelly Creedon’s “Tomekka’s Story” http://kcreedon.webng.com/tomekkas.story/
I chose this one because it’s the aesthetics and storytelling through photographs that makes this a great simple piece.
“Voices from the polls” by The New York Times
An excellent way to showcase what voters were really thinking on Super Tuesday across the country. The reporting is solid (different demographics, political stances represented), and there are some great options for the map (show contests won by different candidates, sort responses by location, etc.)
“A people torn: Liberians in Minnesota” by the Star Tribune in Minneapolis
A fantastic representation of an issue that affects the Star Tribune’s coverage area that also expands beyond that to really dig deep into this issue. The narration is spot-on, the photos are striking, and everything is combined to create a stellar package that I couldn’t stop watching. I also really loved the timelines included and the “recent news” section that continually updates the package on recent news pertaining to the issue.
“The Debt Trap” by The New York Times
This one may be my favorite, as it’s really examining a current topical issue. There are so many great elements to this piece: video, photos, graphs, interactive media, links to NY Times articles, and excellent in-depth coverage. I haven’t seen anything quite like this, a piece about the debt crisis that truly shows us how everyday people are affected and BREAKS DOWN how this happened to them. I love that a NY Times reporter explained everything bit by bit. It gave me a deepened understanding of something that I really never understood fully, and it was intriguing and entertaining at the same time.
MediaStorm.org (as Cris cited above) has some incredibly moving multimedia pieces. There are just too many to link on here, but this is definitely one of my favorites thus far:
The photography is nothing less of incredible (won several awards), and this story is just so incredibly poignant.
And finally, I’m a huge sucker for narratives. This site is chock full of multimedia narrative pieces to interest anyone, including a mind-blowing interactive graphic tour of a new museum, a video/photo history of Las Vegas, and some really cool photo slideshows narrated by the photographers who created them and comment on their motivations behind their ideas (like this one from the campaign trail: http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2008/10/26/weekinreview/20081026_WINTER_MULTIMEDIA/index.html).
I really don’t think any of these pieces would have been as impacting, poignant, or effective had they just been written as articles. The photos/videos/graphics/audio really made all of it come together and create an experience for viewers.
So, this might not be “journalism” but it uses journalism and media to its ends to create hysterical parodies of the news as we know it. Especially during election time, I love to see what those crazy people have come up with.
NPR was certainly nothing I was interested in before stumbling upon this StoryCorps show where citizens interview citizens to get to know the “real people” in America. No Britney here, folks. I love the fact that regular, untrained people are telling their stories in this classic medium of public outreach.
Although this is a site for a marketing company I stumbled across, I think it’s a really good looking site. It has a lot of cool features like the screen moves with the mouse (not sure if that makes sense). It also has a lot of videos and it even has music in the background.
I’m guilty. I visit this site a lot more than I have to on a day to day basis. I like the way it is set up and easy to navigate around and I consider them as the experts when it comes to news. They also have videos, podcasts and blogs but I’m sure we all been there.
Another site that I like is newassignment.net. Even though it doesn’t directly utilize multimedia, it commentates on the ways in which it is changing how journalists tell stories and interact with their readers. For example, one post discussed how twitter can allow news organizations to send news updates and also engage directly with their readers. Interestingly, the post pointed out that Chicago’s newspapers are the only ones that are utilizing Twitter in this way (they also gave a shout out to Coloneltribune).
Unnayan TV is a Bangladesh India news website, actually the first multimedia website in Southeast Asia created by Japanese web designers, Machizo. This website does not have a lot and mostly includes stories on human rights issues in Bangladesh, and documentaries of environmental issues, the HIV epidemic and more. It’s not a traditional news media outlet, but because it’s unique and gives us a new perspective on cultures I think it’s definitely worth looking at.
Another news website is the Christian Science Monitor, who not only reports stories from all over the world but has won awards for its multimedia reports. It also announced today that after 100 years, it will no long print a newspaper and will be strictly online, (first of many perhaps). This website includes documentaries, blogs, award winning photography, videos, audio, and daily podcasts from reporters all over the world. It’s a great website for international news.
Here is a great multimedia piece entitled, “Five Years in Iraq.” It includes audio with slides and commentary from military experts, veterans and soldiers, mostly answering the same question, “When and how will the Iraq War end?”
And one more interesting article I found on the Innovation section of the Christian Science Monitor was an article on how cell phones could be used to combat the AIDS epidemic in Africa- sounds strange, but check it out!
Unnayan TV: http://www.unnayantv.com/
Christian Science Monitor: http://www.csmonitor.com/
“Five Years In Iraq”: http://www.csmonitor.com/specials/iraqfive/
Cell Phone/AIDS article: http://features.csmonitor.com/innovation/2008/10/24/project-m-aims-to-combat-aids-using-cellphones/
http://www.motherjones.com has a great website that offers photo essays – which is my favorite part of the website. They’re interesting stories with captivating visuals.
Also, it was already mentioned, but I really love http://www.mediastorm.org. I could watch it for hours – and you learn so much.
This is an interesting multimedia feature that the St. Louis Post-Dispatch made as a follow-up to the vice presidential debate at Washing University. At the debate, Palin said that voters could take the political pulse of America by attending Saturday soccer games, and the Post-Dispatch decided to put her theory to the test by touring soccer fields around Jefferson County. The result is a photo slideshow of the kids and their parents, with an audio track of their interviews played over it. I think the photo and audio combination made the story much more compelling than it would have been as a written piece.
The New York Times included this multimedia map in their coverage of the New York City Marathon. You can click on little buttons at different spots in the marathon route to see photos and hear audio clips of interviews with the athletes. There’s also a second map that marks good places to eat along the route. It’s pretty similar to our debate coverage but a bit more fancy.
This is my home page and I look at all different parts of the site. I like reading the front page stories and finding random news videos. When the Georgia/Russia crisis was on the front page, BBC linked country profiles and a short history to the front page stories, which help me understand the situation wayy more and appreciate BBC that much more for ensuring I could understand if I wanted to. I like ‘Today in Pictures’ from around the world. I think this site is user-friendly and you can easily absorb news from an article, a photo or a video. It’s not interactive, unless you consider submitting a comment interactive, but I don’t really need it to be.
This website is incredibly interactive, although not so pretty. It’s a website where people can document their personal experiences (written and pictoral) of getting pierced and tattooed. I’ve been fascinated with this site for years and used it for pertinent information when considering getting my own piercings and tattoos. It also shows the most recent comments , what’s new on the site and gives a link for where to shop.
Oh several people have already said it, but http://www.mediastorm.org is amazing. It’s what turned me on to multimedia journalism and showed me how effective and powerful it can be. And it doesn’t have to be video (a medium I’m hesitant to work with). So much of it is just strong photos perfectly matched with the right tracks.
This site “Visual Truth” is actually a Columbia student’s (Jody Warner) and I think it’s really well put together. He’s a photog, but definitely knows how to mix his multimedia.
Also, Naka Nathaniel’s stuff on NY Times is pretty up there.
SceneDaily.com has turned into a great multimedia journalism Web site as of late. It underwent a significant facelift a few months ago and now features a great selection of videos, podcasts and more.
I really like the layout to the site – simple, clean, and gets the point across. The content is top notch as well, making it a win-win..
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