In class last Wednesday, we learned about multimedia stories. A multimedia story is a combination of text, pictures, video clips, audio, graphics and interactivity presented on a website. I think this is a great way to combine all of the technology that is available to us, into one source. Multimedia stories have many advantages. For example, they have the ability to provide background infomation, databases, information boxes and graphics to relate to a story. Also, feedback can be provided. An important aspect about multimedia journalism is that it takes a lot of preparation. Information needs to be gathered, photos and videos collected, etc. It is also important to note that when created this type of story, the reporter is in charge of putting the story together. Then, the editor and producer determine which stories should be analyzed in a multimedia format. After searching online, I find an interesting article on multimedia convergence. It explains how it is the polar opposite of how media used to work, where different companies own different pieces of the media. Due to media convergence, everything has combined into one, among newspapers, TV, radio, and anything else you could imagine. Years back, cell phones were only used to make calls, but now they can be used to go on the internet and read the news. Overall, the world wide web has made media convergence so easy and possible.
Multimedia Stories February 23, 2009