Final Reflection

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The media’s role in today’s world is changing. I am not simply watching this fact develop–I am a part of it. As a student of journalism; as a consumer of culture; as a member of my technological generation. The media has become such an entity that it occasionally reports on itself, simply because it has become a factor of the story.

Writing for Multimedia did not simply teach me to write in a multimedia setting. It taught me that journalism is not simply telling a story. It’s how you tell it.

We monitored the media coverage of the Boston Marathon bombing, analyzing which news sources were updating what information, etc. In cases such as this, the media often profiles the suspects, dramatizing their stories and, essentially, giving them the attention they desire. The media now plays a larger role than ever before, and has been criticized for how this role is being handled. We, as journalists, are a part of the story itself. How we tell the story is a story.

Take the New York Times article “Snow Fall.” A great article, a great story. However, what makes “Snow Fall” so interesting is the manner in which it was told. The Times turned the story into a huge multimedia piece, allowing the audience to interact with the characters, the scenery, and the story in general. This piece inspired my work on my final story, and will continue to inspire me as I continue in the SOJC.

For my final project, I attempted to create a scrolling multimedia piece using the fledgling program “Scroll Kit.” I wanted a way to compile all of my work this term into one story, but to also deliver it in a compelling way, like “Snow Fall.”

In my previous post, I described my difficulties in creating a scrolling article. My main problem, besides missing backgrounds, badly coded text, etc, was that it didn’t scroll! After discussing with the creators via email, I have finally created a Scroll Kit multimedia piece that, at the very least, has no glitches. I couldn’t tell you how I got most parts of it to work…it is mostly a result of lots of guess-and-checks.

Check out my finished article here. I recommend using Google Chrome; the scroll effect seems to work more smoothly in Chrome than in Firefox. I look forward to using this program in the future, once it has been debugged a bit more. It has great potential for the future of journalism, granting everyone the opportunity to create a visually compelling piece like the Times’ “Snow Fall.”

Cheers, Writing for Multimedia, and thanks for a great term!

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