Analyzing Multimedia

Choose any story from this list of 2013 NPPA Multimedia Winners or take a look at the monthly winners so far and choose from there. Monthly MM Clips. Please choose a different story from the other students who posted before you did.

Read both Kern, Chapter 6, and Kobre, Chapter 12 before  you view the multimedia.

NOTE: be sure to select a STORY with AUDIO.

In a post on your blog, do all of the following:

  1. Provide the title of the story, and make the title a direct link to the main story page.
  2. Summarize the story (do not copy/paste anything; use your own words).
  3. Tell how the story made you feel as you watched and listened to it.
  4. Discuss the images (specify they are video or stills or both). You may compare them to images from some other visual media; for example, are they cinematic? Are they like print news images? Are they like TV news images?
  5. Discuss the audio – both its content and the way it contributes to the story.
  6. Separately, discuss the use of natural sound in the story.

Requirements for this analysis

  1. The length must be 300 to 500 words.
  2. Write intelligently so that a prospective employer, reading your post, will think you are smart and interesting.
  3. Write an appropriate and interesting headline for this post
  4. After you publish your post on your won blog, copy the URL of the post age and paste it in the comments section of this assignment.

Blog Post #1

In this blog post, publish your notes from Deuze’s What is Multimedia Journalism and the introduction to Achterman’s Multimedia in the Mainstream (Intro & Definitions). You may also refer to the Wikipedia entry for Multimedia. Your notes must appear in the form of two (2) numbered lists, one for each reading. Write a brief statement above each list to explain or summarize that list.

This is a standard blog post – just like you might see in a review of a book or product. The idea is to highlight or capture the ideas or information that resonated most strongly with you, in a format that other people might find interesting to read. If you want to seek out and add links that prove a point in the readings – that is a nice addition – but not required

The list is not meant to represent everything in the readings. It should represent what was most meaningful to YOU. Thus each student’s list will likely be different. Here is an example from a different course (that also uses one of our texts).

Requirements for your list items

  1. Write each note as a complete and grammatically correct sentence (or sentences).
  2. Include the relevant page number(s) from the reading with each individual item.
  3. Do not quote from or paraphrase  (you may quote a phrase of a few words, but do not reproduce whole sentences). Think for yourself. Process the idea and say it in your own words. Be brief. Be clear. Write well.
  4. Don’t list anything you consider totally obvious — but you may list things that we cover in class.

Requirements for your blog post

  1. The length must be (minimum) 200 to (maximum) 500 words.
  2. Write intelligently so that a prospective employer, reading your post, will think you are smart and attentive.
  3. Write an appropriate and interesting headline for your blog post.
  4. After you publish your blog post ON YOUR OWN SITE, copy the URL of your post page and paste it in a COMMENT to this post, here, on this blog. If you paste a complete URL on a line by itself, it will automatically become a working link. That is what I want.

Please refer to the criteria and grading on Blog Posts on the Assignment page as well.

Deadline: January 12@midnight (late night on Monday)