Multimedia StoryTelling

By the students of MCJ300 at The University of Southern Mississippi

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

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