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Information about Multimedia Reporting

Published on November 7, 2007

Author: Brett509

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This lecture focuses on multimedia reporting.

Multimedia Journalism Chapter 17 JOURN 305

Online Journalism One of the biggest growth opportunities is online journalism Web Editors often make more money than their print editor counterparts

One of the biggest growth opportunities is online journalism

Web Editors often make more money than their print editor counterparts

Web Journalism What works online? Breaking news Links to credible sources Instant archives Interactivity Multimedia

What works online?

Breaking news

Links to credible sources

Instant archives

Interactivity

Multimedia

Differences Stories may be read and/or presented in a non-linear fashion Online readers may have some control of the content Unlimited space to tell the story Multimedia components to supplement the story text Can be updated instantly with latest developing details

Stories may be read and/or presented in a non-linear fashion

Online readers may have some control of the content

Unlimited space to tell the story

Multimedia components to supplement the story text

Can be updated instantly with latest developing details

Reading Habits Reading online is typically 25% slower than print Some “tricks” to keep a reader interested: Layout with bullet points and bold subheads Break longer stories into “chunks” Include multimedia elements Polls Slideshows Audio/Video

Reading online is typically 25% slower than print

Some “tricks” to keep a reader interested:

Layout with bullet points and bold subheads

Break longer stories into “chunks”

Include multimedia elements

Polls

Slideshows

Audio/Video

Journalists Moving Online Some established journalists are moving online to have more control over their reporting Example: CNN’s Daryn Kagan Walter Cronkite blog

Some established journalists are moving online to have more control over their reporting

Example:

CNN’s Daryn Kagan

Walter Cronkite blog

Story Shells In online reporting, you can use a story shell structure that contains all the various related elements of the reporting Links to related sites/resources Interactive timelines Text of your reporting Slideshow of images

In online reporting, you can use a story shell structure that contains all the various related elements of the reporting

Links to related sites/resources

Interactive timelines

Text of your reporting

Slideshow of images

Example “Toxic Treats” in the Orange County Register

“Toxic Treats” in the Orange County Register

Example “Jim West: A Spokesman-Review Investigative Report” in the Spokesman-Review

“Jim West: A Spokesman-Review Investigative Report” in the Spokesman-Review

Beat Shells Many online news sites have special sections that specialize in a particular type of reporting These beat shells are destination sites for updated developments on a topic

Many online news sites have special sections that specialize in a particular type of reporting

These beat shells are destination sites for updated developments on a topic

Examples Traffic section of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer Iraq War coverage in the Washington Post Also known as an “Issue Shell”

Traffic section of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Iraq War coverage in the Washington Post

Also known as an “Issue Shell”

Breaking News Once a story is “published” online, it is not necessarily done It isn’t unusual to add “updates” and information as more info comes in You should disclose the change Example: “Story updated at 12:14 p.m. EST”

Once a story is “published” online, it is not necessarily done

It isn’t unusual to add “updates” and information as more info comes in

You should disclose the change

Example:

“Story updated at 12:14 p.m. EST”

Involving Readers Include information and databases that readers can use to explore beyond your published story Examples: Find a local doctor Compare different schools Look up crime statistics

Include information and databases that readers can use to explore beyond your published story

Examples:

Find a local doctor

Compare different schools

Look up crime statistics

User Comments Many sites are now including opportunities for the public to comment on a story These comments are often on the same page as the original story Examples: Wired.com The Record

Many sites are now including opportunities for the public to comment on a story

These comments are often on the same page as the original story

Examples:

Wired.com

The Record

Story Structure Inverted Pyramid Still appropriate for online hard news stories Screen-size “chunks” Break up a longer story into “chunk” sections so that it is easier to read This can be read in a non-linear fashion

Inverted Pyramid

Still appropriate for online hard news stories

Screen-size “chunks”

Break up a longer story into “chunk” sections so that it is easier to read

This can be read in a non-linear fashion

Example of “Chunk” Storytelling “Remembering Pearl Harbor” in National Geographic

“Remembering Pearl Harbor” in National Geographic

Linking There are differing philosophies on whether to include links in your story It helps readers navigate to more resources related to your reporting It also draws people away from your site (and your ad revenue)

There are differing philosophies on whether to include links in your story

It helps readers navigate to more resources related to your reporting

It also draws people away from your site (and your ad revenue)

Linking Use only quality links Don’t overdo it Be aware of the integrity of the site that you are linking to Does it contain spyware or NSFW content? Does it contain illegal content?

Use only quality links

Don’t overdo it

Be aware of the integrity of the site that you are linking to

Does it contain spyware or NSFW content?

Does it contain illegal content?

Teasing Your Story Usually the front page of the site will only contain a brief “tease” to the full story This “tease” is usually the first few lines or paragraph of the actual story Another option is to compose a new summary of the story that is different than the lead

Usually the front page of the site will only contain a brief “tease” to the full story

This “tease” is usually the first few lines or paragraph of the actual story

Another option is to compose a new summary of the story that is different than the lead

Slide Shows A different way to tell the story Two examples from The Record Johnny Cash memorial Gastric bypass surgery

A different way to tell the story

Two examples from The Record

Johnny Cash memorial

Gastric bypass surgery

Cutline Captions Cutlines are the captions under a photo Used to let readers know what the story is about and why the photo is significant Should include: Who is in the photo What the people are doing When, where and why the photo was taken How the photo was taken (optional) Gene Beley, left, strides behind Johnny Cash as they cross the yard at Folsom Prison.

Cutlines are the captions under a photo

Used to let readers know what the story is about and why the photo is significant

Should include:

Who is in the photo

What the people are doing

When, where and why the photo was taken

How the photo was taken (optional)

Interactive Graphics Many sites are using interactive graphics to tell a key part of the story See several award-winning examples at the Society for News Design Web site

Many sites are using interactive graphics to tell a key part of the story

See several award-winning examples at the Society for News Design Web site

Interactive Graphics Text is minimal Animation and graphics tell the story Example: “ Hip Hop Voices” in the Sun-Sentinel Be careful in how you integrate navigation instructions Example: “Remembering D-Day” in the Sun-Sentinel

Text is minimal

Animation and graphics tell the story

Example: “ Hip Hop Voices” in the Sun-Sentinel

Be careful in how you integrate navigation instructions

Example: “Remembering D-Day” in the Sun-Sentinel

Storytelling on the Web Find a fresh idea Focus your topic Plan and research Sketch a storyboard Report, edit and revise Test and troubleshoot

Find a fresh idea

Focus your topic

Plan and research

Sketch a storyboard

Report, edit and revise

Test and troubleshoot

Examples “Touching Hearts” in the Herald Sun Interactivenarratives.org

“Touching Hearts” in the Herald Sun

Interactivenarratives.org

Backpack Journalism Online journalists need to know how to write, shoot and record They also have technology skills for posting/uploading stories online “Backpack Journalism” = All the tools for reporting fit in your backpack Self-contained reporter from story creation to distribution

Online journalists need to know how to write, shoot and record

They also have technology skills for posting/uploading stories online

“Backpack Journalism” = All the tools for reporting fit in your backpack

Self-contained reporter from story creation to distribution

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