Multimedia StoryTelling

By the students of MCJ300 at The University of Southern Mississippi

Archive for October 2012

The Never-Ending Conversation

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This video gives its viewers a look at two very different men in the city of Elyria, Ohio. Through the use of a voiceover, we learn that Ike Maxwell is the town’s source of pride. During his high school years he led his football team to many victories, especially during the 1971 season. Maxwell’s peak was in high school. He embodied the town of Elyria in spirit and identity. It is interesting to note that this how this video tells two different stories of race. As the video tells Leo Bullocks was instrumental in the one event that led to Maxwell’s downfall. Bullocks came from meager beginnings in Tennessee. He moved to Elyria because of a job and worked himself up to being a prominent council member. These men’s stories are at total opposite ends of the spectrum. Maxwell began with prominence and has fallen down on his luck. Bullocks came from nearly nothing in Tennessee and died a respected and powerful man.


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October 22, 2012 at 3:46 am

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Kim Kardashian: “Ok, ok, I am putting myself on the worst dress list for this outfit!”

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And she has every right to! After strutting her stuff in a too-big neon jacket paired with a tight, leathered mini skirt, while filming in Florida for “Kourtney and Kim Take Miami,” the reality star admitted “The mirror was lying to me this day!” This example magnifies how a single photo can spawn several stories.

The article, featured on Yahoo Tv!, features a huge photo of Kim in her horrible ensemble. I find this example intriguing because the composition of the photo is what really draws in the audience – that and the fact that no one has ever seen Kim Kardashian exhibit bad fashion taste. The photo’s quality is impeccable and the viewer can really get a good look of what Kim was wearing. From her head to her toes, the visual is stunning – minus the outfit. It’s almost as if the viewer’s job is to judge the photo for themselves and after looking at it, and reading the article, come up with your own opinion of whether you thought it was stylish or pure trash, and that’s pretty much the intent with any multimedia news story, the writer must provide you with several elements in the story so you can ultimately decide what you think. The writer is only there to mediate.

I also noticed that there was a video provided underneath the article, and it was basically about the Kardashian sisters’ clothing line. This article took a somewhat negative issue (Kim’s outfit) and spun it into something else by promoting the Kardashian brand by providing the video at the end. It was a clever way to turn the story around and end with a lighter note instead focusing so much attention on Kim’s bad outfit which wasn’t that bad.

Ultimately, this example shows us that with one horrible outfit and a Kardashian, you’ve pretty much got your headline.

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October 20, 2012 at 4:54 pm

Nike drops Armstrong from Brand

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If many of you have not heard the recent news, Lance Armstrong, known as one of the world’s most famous cyclist, has been dropped from several endorsements after tons of evidence of him “doping” himself to enhance his biking performance has surfaced. I really loved the organization of how the story was told in this particular example. Most times, we are provided with an article to help us comprehend what the video may not have succeeded in, but with this example, I felt the story was clear and precise.

Earlier this week, we viewed our fellow classmates’ election slideshows, and one thing I really thought was clever – that I noticed in one slideshow was the use of text as the speaker is talking. It really helps the viewer grasp what is going on. I call it that “OH!” moment where your brain locks it in after seeing and hearing it on screen.  This tip is seen in so many multimedia examples. I mentioned in one of our class meetings that you may often see this tip when police release the audio of a phone call with a victim to the public. If they play it on the television, they provide a transcript for the viewer to follow along. It really makes an impact in the story. The same tip is used when providing quotes from public figures on television.

I also liked how the video would pause and there’d be this stunning visual of Armstrong on the bike with text coming from behind him. Also, I noticed there was non-stop footage of Armstrong during the video, and whenever the speaker would mention certain aspects of his career or ties with Nike, there would be a visual to showcase what she was talking about. That really helped the story make an even bigger impact. They even provided screenshots of statements from companies who endorsed Armstrong.

Overall, this was a really great example of text-use in video along with having a substantial amount of footage to support the story’s concept.

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October 20, 2012 at 4:19 pm

Obama and Romney ‘sing’ together on dubbed video

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We have been talking about ethics — and how the Internet gives us lots of ways to manipulate things, which is a big no-no for journalists. Here is an example, but a kind of funny one. It’s a video of Barack Obama and Mitt Romney at the debate, but the words have been dubbed, so they are “singing” Katy Perry’s “Hot and Cold.” It shows with a bit of ingenuity — and some skill — people can do just about anything with what’s on the web. A good warning for journalists to be on their guard. Enjoy

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October 20, 2012 at 1:03 am

Exploring the ethics of publishing a photograph depicting black face

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In the other class I teach, Investigative Strategies, we were discussing whether it would be ethical to have published photographs of the Southern Miss students who had donned black face last year as part of a costume depicting the Cosby family. We discussed how a local TV station did not publish a picture, even when the story went national, because the university had not released the students’ names. So showing their pictures would identify them.

I think this is relevant to our class because we, too, were talking about ethics, particularly in multimedia. Then today, I saw a report about a high school in New York, where some student donned black face to do a skit depicting domestic violence. Here’s are the details about the incident from a post I wrote for my other class.

I’d like you to think about this from an ethics standpoint, setting aside, of course the troubling nature of this latest incident. Was it ethical for CNN to publish a picture of the students in blackface that another student had taken? Why or why not?

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October 16, 2012 at 6:37 pm

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A view on politics from a non diverse crowd.

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When I was in Vegas for fall break I attended a political rally for President Obama, because I thought it would be an interesting opportunity and because it would be good for this project. I really wanted views from both political parties, but I suppose this will suffice.

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October 15, 2012 at 10:41 pm

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Winner, winner… Chicken dinner?

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With the election just around the corner I wanted to learn how Southern Miss-ians felt about the candidates. In this slide show I recorded the results of a poll I took around campus asking mostly students, which of the candidates they would share a meal with. I got some interesting results.

-Jamie Waldrop

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October 15, 2012 at 9:06 pm