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It’s All About the Story. Journalism 350. It’s All About the Story. Take charge of the story Give it focused, selfish and obsessed attention You’re the expert – you know the story best Constantly think about it, step back and assess Who should I talk to now? What does it need?

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It’s All About the Story
  • Take charge of the story
  • Give it focused, selfish and obsessed attention
  • You’re the expert – you know the story best
  • Constantly think about it, step back and assess
    • Who should I talk to now?
    • What does it need?
    • What’s missing?
    • How can I take charge?
two biggest issues
Two biggest issues
  • Under-reported stories
  • Unfocused stories
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It’s All About the Story

Selecting the right media

wide range of options
Wide range of options
  • Text
  • Photos
  • Audio
  • Video
  • Graphics
  • Databases
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Text

Provides depth, background

Explains context, analyzes complex

Provides immediacy online

Allows for quick reaction from readers

Uses hyperlinks for more info

examples of using text
Examples of using text

Provide background: FAQs, Bio box

Analysis: What does the news mean?

Pro/con: Allow for debate

Summaries: Explains what a multimedia package is about

Curating with Storify: Big 10

photos
Photos

Capture a moment in time

Show something is happening

Display emotion

Tell truth without a filter

audio
Audio

Captures emotion, inflection

Captures tone

Adds voice

Provides context

Voice of God – NPR

audio slideshows
Audio slideshows

Goes beyond single moment

Tells stories with beginning, middle and end

Layered – combining photo, audio

slideshow examples
Slideshow examples

Dooty Diva

Rotus – by Jeff Zeleny

video
Video

Captures action, motion

Lets subjects tell their own stories

Portrays drama of a story

Explains how things work, how to do something

video examples
Video examples
  • Oscar the featherless bird- South Florida Sun Sentinel
  • Roping the Wind
  • Obama
  • ABC balloonist
  • Pig on a tramp
graphics
Graphics
  • Explain complex information
  • Interpret numbers
  • Help readers visualize information
  • Music formats
    • Unemployment by county
databases
Databases

Personalizes information

Provides interactivity

Keeps readers engaged

Homicide in LA

Parkersburg tornado

think about how to tell stories
Think about how to tell stories

Multimedia storytelling

ask these questions
Ask these questions

Is your story dense with information?

Does it require a lot of background?

Does it have strong visuals?

Does it have strong sound?

Is there action?

Does it have a lot of numbers?

Would an interactive make it personal?

snow fall
Snow fall
  • http://www.nytimes.com/projects/2012/snow-fall/#/?part=tunnel-creek
more examples resources
More examples / resources

Check my Delicious account

Mindy McAdams cheat sheet for multimedia

Knight Digital Center tutorial