Multimedia StoryTelling

By the students of MCJ300 at The University of Southern Mississippi

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This story brought a new aspect of multimedia storytelling to my attention. The example did not feature a video but a single photo instead. I asked myself after viewing the photo and reading the article, “Do you understand what’s going on?”,and quite surprisingly, I did. I think most journalist feel that a video is the best way to bring a story to life when, in fact, a simple visual can do what an entire minute of footage can or cannot.

With careful aim and great composition, the photo you choose to bring your story to life can outweigh any multimedia story with a video clip. The photo under this specific example was powerful and explained the central message of the story with ease. While some may feel a video brings an article to life, which is partially true in different cases, it can be a bit overwhelming for those who are not keen on the new generation of journalism.

This example proved that all it takes is a stirring high definition photo to grab the attention of the reader and help him or her understand what they are reading or just read. This is especially effective in print news. Sometimes the reader does not get the full message and they need that one visual to tie everything in.

The impact of a visual aid is crucial when trying to get a point across especially when the reader can seem impatient. Multimedia storytelling strives on getting the point across quickly and effectively. It is a hard challenge to keep the attention of today’s reader with everyone being on-the-go.

This example told the story effectively through print and with the aid of the photo, I was able to grasp a strong image of what was going on in the article. All it takes is that one shot!


Written by williamcrosby301

September 15, 2012 at 10:11 pm

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  1. Great point. I think often journalists default to “just do a video,” but that is the wrong approach. The question is: What is the best platform to tell this story for readers. If the answer is one picture, than that is the way to go.


    September 16, 2012 at 4:23 pm

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