Multimedia StoryTelling

By the students of MCJ300 at The University of Southern Mississippi

Archive for November 2012

Powerball Jackpot winners are Hardworking Americans

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Powerball Jackpot winners are Hardworking Americans

Today, the owners of one of the two winning tickets sold in the power ball jackpot lottery came forward. The jackpot totaled $5.87 million. The winners can choose to take their part of the winnings in a lump sum or monthly payments over 30 years. 

The winning family is the Hill family of Dearborn, Missouri. People often hope that lottery winners are hardworking people that deserve it. The Hill family fits that description.

According to this article, Mark Hill is a mechanic at meat processing plant. His wife Cindy was an office manager before she was laid off. The family has three adult sons and a six year old daughter who was adopted from China. 

The Hills are a solid working class family that wants to use their winnings to do good. They plan on  adopting another child and helping their relative’s children pay for college.

This photo slideshow shows the family with their oversized check, as well as the excitement prior to the drawing. 

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Written by apriljana

November 30, 2012 at 6:51 pm

Whoa! Man with the world’s largest arms!

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I had to click on this article  just based off the title alone! A man by the name of Moustafa Ismail currently holds the record for the largest arms by 31 inches (practically the size of my waist). Many would assume he uses steroids of some sort, but Ismail denies all claims and has even had investigations take place on his widely-famous biceps.

This article really told the story well and I felt the use of print, pictures and video all helped the viewer really understand the ultimate message of the story which is basically about a man with gigantic muscles. The print aspect of the piece served as an element of detail. I was able to read about Ismail’s diet routine and how often he works out which are questions many readers/viewers would like to know.

The pictures, although most would say they didn’t need to be apart of the story with the video already provided, I felt the way the photos were placed throughout the story was smart. The video was really effective especially having all that b-roll of the subject working out. The viewer wants to SEE those things. I also liked the aspect of the video where Ismail was taking off his shirt because oddly enough I was wondering in my head “How does he get such tight shirts on and off?”, and they showed him taking it off which was a huge plus for me because it showed that the videographer was keeping the audience in mind when filming, and that’s something journalists should always keep in mind when covering stories.

Always ask yourself “What would my viewers want to see? Is this good enough? What haven’t I covered?” Questions like that will help make the story more effective and help build a bigger impact on the viewer.

Written by williamcrosby301

November 29, 2012 at 7:23 pm

Miranda Cosgrove Goes to College…bye bye iCarly?

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While I may not be familiar with Nickelodeon’s ‘iCarly’, I am familiar with Miranda Cosgrove and the huge impact she’s made on television the past few years. In this article by Donna Freydkin of USA TODAY, reader pretty much gets a background on Cosgrove’s life at the beginning and then the writer starts discussing Cosgrove’s transition from her hit television show to college life.

A video was provided to give the reader with a more intimate view of Cosgrove as she discussed her decision to end the show and focus on her studies, and while I understand that the mood was meant to be casual, I would have to say that this was not a great example of using video to make an impact to the viewer. The story honestly could’ve been fine without the video being featured in it. For long periods of time I found myself being bored staring at a girl getting her nails done and awkwardly sitting on a couch. The video was just too long in my opinion.

I feel that the video would’ve been better if they would’ve done it in a different setting because no matter how fascinating you want to think getting your nails done may seem….it’s not (sorry ladies). I would have liked to have seen Miranda on campus perhaps or just her interacting with students or anything college related with her involved would have helped me understand the story more. It just felt like I was watching her go on and on about her career and her experience thus far on campus. The video wasn’t really bad, but I just didn’t feel it impacted the story fully. USA TODAY should try thinking more creatively when it comes to their videos especially since they’re an established news source.

Maybe it was me, but I preferred the print aspect of this multimedia example.

Written by williamcrosby301

November 29, 2012 at 6:37 pm

Tyra Banks Channels Inner “Catwoman” for Photoshoot

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In this article courtesy of Yahoo!, Tyra Banks proves to us she still has it even after retiring from modeling. The 38-year old entrepreneur, most known for being the host of America’s Next Top Model, recently took part in a photo-shoot for WestEast magazine in which she gets in touch with her inner feline in what appears to be one of her most risqué photo-shoots to date.

Banks, who’s known for her signature catwalk and being the creator of “smizing”, took to twitter and posted each picture from the shoot with different captions explaining each photo in her own words and also comparing her looks to the likes of pop stars such as Lady Gaga and Rihanna, but what I realized I liked about this article was that it really took the use of print and pictures and combined them effectively so the reader had no choice but to read the print.

This example reminded me of the method we first learned in kindergarten when we’d read those simple books with the giant pictures. Having that picture on that page as a kid made everything in print make sense. This article was like a picture-story. As the article progressed it would go from each photo from the shoot and describe it along with additional information related to the picture. The article would not have worked without the pictures because the photos were the focal point of the entire article.

I kind of liked how the writer would use what Banks tweeted about the photos in the article. It was a smart way to include social media in this multimedia example. The article was told really well, and I feel the creator, Suzy Bryne, accomplished her goal of getting the read to ultimately follow the story opposed to just reading it. I feel that this method of multimedia really elevates print news without overshadowing it.

Written by williamcrosby301

November 29, 2012 at 5:02 pm

Tiny house trend hits DC

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A story and accompanying photo gallery from the Washington Post  covers the construction of tiny houses in the nation’s capital.

The “tiny house” trend has been taking over the west coast for a few years. The movement to tiny living spaces aims to reduce American conspicuous consumption. The tiny houses range from 150 to 200 square feet of living space and cost around $20,000-$50,000.

Every nook and cranny of the tiny abodes  has a purpose and storage capacity. Beds are often lofted above the livings spaces.

The trend has now traversed the country and is taking root in DC. In a city with very high housing prices, maybe this will be successful. Would you live in a tiny space like this?

Written by apriljana

November 28, 2012 at 7:46 pm

Injured Soldier Finding New Normal

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Injured Soldier Finding New Normal

The Hard Road Back: A Future Reset, a video from the New York Times, is a compelling look at the life of a young injured soldier adjusting to life at home. He lost his arm when he was hit by a IUD. 

It’s an honest look at the hard road back to normal life. He overcomes severe nerve pain in addition to emotional pain: grieving his fellow soldiers who died. He also is unable to do the physical things he once could. He gives an example of assembling furniture. He watched his wife put the furniture together instead of doing it for her. That was a big adjustment for hime to make.

He seems to be a sad man, but he also is strong and on the path to “a new normal”.

His story is so much like those of other amputee veterans. Covering this as a video story makes it so much more personal and relatable.

The End of the Facebook Like Bubble

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In today’s world, social media outlets, such as Facebook and Twitter, are critical for news organizations and brands. A recent article on digiday.com lays out the new reality for brands that hope to increase sales and recognition by creating Facebook pages where one simply has to click “like.” The “like” button on Facebook is no longer free advertisement for brands now that the social media site has changed it’s newsfeed settings. The new settings cut the number of messages the fans see, which has resulted in a 38 percent decline on the brand’s outreach. Basically, if the brand doesn’t pay up, it receives less recognition. This can be an even bigger problem for smaller brands because it’s harder to reach more people in the Facebook world. The newspaper and broadcast industries thrive on advertisement, but companies aren’t used to paying for social media outlets.

This is bad for brands, but for a Facebook user like myself, this can be a good thing. I may like a business or brand on Facebook, just as I may like a movie or an artist, but that doesn’t mean I want them cluttering my newsfeed every day with advertisements and promotions. As a matter of fact, I often “unlike” them when it becomes too much. 

I found this article to be interesting and relevant to social media. I didn’t even realize this happened on Facebook until I read this story. Thank you, digiday.com.

Written by jenniferhlowe

November 27, 2012 at 11:31 pm