1. This is actually from Tuesday, and I took a listen because of my odd interest in Canadian politics. The story is an excellent profile on Liberal Party leader Michael Ignatieff, who is currently trailing Conservative Party leader Stephen Harper in the election polls. Excellent ambient sound. Of course, it’s from NPR’s “All Things Considered.”
2. Here’s a piece from a favorite professor (Florangela Davila) of mine: a story for KPLU on the Pongo Teen Writing Workshop. It’s pretty long, but still works.
3. Lastly, here’s a story on the Portal and Portal 2 video games that was featured on NPR’s “Morning Edition.” It started as a project at Digipen here in Washington state, and the original went on to sell four million copies. Another terrific example of NPR’s great work.
Three Favorites News Site Multimedia Stories
Last year, I came across what is probably my favorite multimedia news story. Produced by The Denver Post in 2009, it’s a feature on American soldier Ian Fisher, telling the story of his journey from a high school in Coloradoto his tour of duty in Iraq. Some of the multimedia is a bit ahead of its time, like its scrollable text pages for the actual story section (you flip through the pages like a book or magazine, which in 2009 was sort of awesome before the iPad). The photo and video sections are outstanding, too. Each has multiple chapters that tell Fisher’s story visually. And it goes even further with some extras, such as video outtakes and postcards from Iraq.
The L.A. Times’ feature on President Obama’s first 100 days in office stands out as a piece that’s also very visually striking. Here’s the overview: “A week before the 2008 election, we asked commuters what they expected from the new president. Here are their initial thoughts and their current views. Times editorial page editor Jim Newton puts the first 100 days in perspective.” When you scroll over each person, the video begins, giving the whole project a really cool effect. Above the videos are numbers from 1 to 100, with each telling what President Obama did each day in office. It all seems kind of simple, but it really gives a voice to the newspapers’ audience.
Lastly, the Las Vegas Sun has this multimedia feature from 2008 that tells/shows the history of Las Vegas. It’s a bit dated now (just three years later), but some of the standouts include: a virtual, panoramic tour of Vegas’ classic neon signs (“Neon Boneyard” shown to the right), an 11-part history, entertainer profiles, a casino map (as you choose different decades, buildings will pop-up or disappear or be replaced), and video of building implosions. It’s incredibly extensive.
Two”Bad” (They Could Use Some Improvin’) News Site Multimedia Stories
- L.A. Times’ feature on the “Hollywood Star Walk.” It’s nicely done, but they really wasted their resources on this?
- And here’s the Boston Globe’s special report on bullying. I’m guessing the content is excellent, but the main page of the special report is hideous. Plan, boring, uneven, uninviting, and topped off by an awkward video still. Yuck.
- Module 1 — Which of the six case studies resonated the most with you and why? Which has the most relevance to this course and why? Actually, two of the six case studies resonated very much with me. The first was the “Streets of Despair” case study. While obviously not nearly as daunting a task for the journalists involved, it reminded me of some of the decisions that were made involving a featured article during my time as Lifestyles Editor at The Daily. Titled “In Limbo,” two of my best reporters went out and told the story of two dancers at the recently-shut down gentlemen’s club, Jiggles. A lot of decisions had to be made, and after some meetings, we decided to use just the first names of the two dancers. Other decisions involved some of the content of the article as well. Moreover, the “Abortion Trucks” case study resonated with me as well, mostly because I can’t stand those people that come to Red Square every year with their aborted fetus’ photos. But I’d say that the first two case studies have the most relevance to this course because they deal the most with accuracy and fairness.
- Module 2 — What can you do to incorporate the 10 questions into your work this quarter? Where might your “gut” steer your wrong? To incorporate these 10 questions into our work this quarter, I think all of us can turn to these during our projects. And to include others in the decision-making process, we can always turn to each other. I know my gut can steer me wrong when it comes to my emotions. Whenever I’ve written a news story or something that needs to be as fair as possible, I try to sleep on it to see if I can tell if my feelings have impacted the story in any way.
- Module 3 — How might digital transparency impact these principals? What are some examples (other than these three) of online ethical issues? Digital transparency can impact these principals because much of the time, the journalist or reader is behind a computer screen. If the person is blogging or not working for a refutable organization, they may not be held as accountable as they might be otherwise. Some other online ethical issues I can think of include email sources (when it’s appropriate to use email for quotes, for example) and possibly something like posting edited audio of an interview.
1. @drewvigal (national) Andrew DeVigal – The multimedia editor at The New York Times.
2. @emilybell (national) Emily Bell – A former news and media director of digital content and the current director of Tow Centre for Digital Journalism at Columbia University’s J School.
3. @KevGlobal (international) Kevin Anderson – Digital strategist who has worked at The Guardian and the BBC.
4. @abrahamhyatt (local) Abraham Hyatt – founder of Digital Journalism Portland and production editor at readwriteweb.com.
5. @gawlowski (local) Danny Gawlowski – Video editor at The Seattle Times with a lot of digital journalism-related experience.
6. @ckrewson (national) Chris Krewson – Editor at Vareity.com. Also has a lot of digital journalism tweets.