Out of the gate here, let me challenge anyone and everyone to come up with a better term for the combination of sound and images than multimedia. So dry and lifeless. The word makes me think...Powerpoint. Let's get a better word ASAP.
I'm really curious about what types of multimedia work people will make time for when they encounter them next to a story on a newspaper site. A cursory look at the analytics on our site show that, no surprise, people will watch a big fire or anything associated with a spot news event. Great. Got it. But what about the more subtle things, the little story telling windows into your community?
Here's a couple of examples of some recent work of mine that attempt to a. open up a piece of the community a little more than the stills alone could and b. hopefully don't strain the attention spans of readers. The assumption here is that 2 minutes is too long. This stuff is just a piece of the digital errata strafing the minds of readers and as much as I'd like to make mini-documentaries, I realize I have to make my point quickly. As James said, gotta hit it and quit.
Most recent piece. This ran with story about our local roller derby league. I realize now I should have more skate specific sound and more interview. Have a look anyway and tell me what you think.
This next one ran with a story about a high school American Sign Language class in Peach County, GA. Straight video because I thought the movement worked better with the speech.
This last one was dead simple. If you're writing about a week long Gregorian Chant seminar, odds are people will want to hear something. A minute of chant underneath the photos.
So tell me what you think. Too long? Too short? Too shallow? More interview needed? How would any of these things worked better for you?
Thanks for looking,