On Multimedia

February 12, 2013  •  2 Comments

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, 

Grant B.


Comments

2.Mark Vanderhoek(non-registered)
Good job on all three. I liked the second two. I was hoping to have actually seen video in the first one. I know what you were going for, but I just would have loved to see what was actually happening given that the sport is so new and I didn't have enough context without video.
1.juli ward(non-registered)
I am not sure in what context you are asking this question? I do think that we have now become a "why?" society instead of a "sit back and watch" society. Although I have never watched any of the CSI shows, it has definitely impacted my line of work. The why. People want to know and also now that we seem to be an individualistic society, the why is "how does this relate to me?'.

Another odd pop culture point is that even big movie stars now want to star in cable or tv shows because they are more character based. Somehow we have gotten away from plot based. Not saying that is good or bad, but pop culture now seems to stream towards characters instead of actual story lines.

With that in mind, I would say the following:

(1) In the first video/story focus more on the girls and the derby names they have chosen. Those names say a lot about them. It also wouldn't hurt to show one of them being the name she chose.

(2) The second video was brilliant in that someone actually said that words were not necessary in expressing ourselves. But I didn't get a real understanding of why this was he chosen course of some people that can obviously hear and speak. I know, you said you can't do a documentary for everything, but perhaps you could consider one for this.

(3) If your description had not told me what I was seeing, I would have had no idea. I am unclear if there was an article with this. I liked it, but would like to know more. The chanting was of course good, but again maybe a "day in the life" mini documentary would have been good.
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