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Multimedia Storytelling

Posted in Topic of the Week by Maggie on June 30, 2010

According to NewsUniversity’s online course instructor, Jane Stevens, there are “5 Steps to Multimedia Reporting”.

Take a look at the course here:  5 Steps to Multimedia Reporting

The course explains how multimedia stories are built by guiding us through a case study about the dancing rocks of the Racetrack Playa.  The 5 steps include:

  1. Choosing a story
  2. Making a storyboard
  3. Reporting with multimedia
  4. Editing for the web
  5. Producing the story

As a novice writer, I’ve really never written for multimedia- unless Facebook or WordPress count! One important tip I learned from this online course is that when choosing a story, it’s very important to write about something that you are interested in.  If that’s not the case, then the story will be boring to everyone that reads it, just like it is boring for the writer.  Having never put together a storyboard before, I found it to be a very interesting and a little surprising  that the approach to brainstorming ideas for media placement is so broad. As for producing a multimedia story, there are many differences compared to the traditional approach,  one of the most important being that the content needs to be extremely organized and easy to read.

In all, the case study of the dancing rocks was a great example of a creative and fascinating multimedia story. In order to learn more, I feel like the next step for me would be to attempt my own example of a multimedia story.  One concern for me would be not being internet savvy enough to produce an extensive and impressive story with all the glamour and glitter of the example. But, the best way to learn is try, right? This NewsUniversity course has been one of the more helpful and interesting that we’ve taken this semester. I have really enjoyed it! To take a look at the case study of the moving rocks of the Racetrack Playa, click here: The Dancing Rocks of Death Valley.


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