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tools, apps and tips for multimedia story production, distribution and presentation

Multimedia reporters can now create a Flash project without knowledge of animation and web design

Two website creation tools provide a solution to create flash-like, interactive webpages to present multimedia journalism stories. I compared these tools for their pros and cons in presenting a multimedia story which includes typical contents such as text, video, audio, … Continue reading

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Should multimedia journalism students be required to learn Flash animation?

Associated Press has an interactive piece today on the 2012 presidential race. This makes me wonder: shall we require J-students to take courses in Flash animation? This AP piece is more of an editing work than a reporting work. The … Continue reading

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Sample multimedia journalism work: A good audio slideshow project

Climate Wisconsin is an educational multimedia project featuring stories of climate change. This project features a series of audio slideshows – each focuses on a specific impact of the climate change: ice fishing, farming, extreme heat, etc. This is not … Continue reading

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What does it take to produce a good multimedia story package?

Washington Post has a multimedia story about how some U.S. soldiers deal with traumatic brain injury from their deployments in Afghanistan and Iraq. This story provides for a good illustration for what a multimedia story entails and, from a journalism … Continue reading

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A social media journalism story – Tent City in Lakewood New Jersey

Storify is a recent tool (released April 2011) utilizing resources from various social media and web contents to tell a story. It has seen quick and wide adoptions by reporters as well as educators. Some people even use Storify to … Continue reading

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Washington Post’s story about DC public school

The Post had a multimedia story about the problems D.C. public school once faced due to budget cut. I once showed this article as an example of multiplatform journalism to my students. This project has several elements typical of a … Continue reading

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A documentary video I produced in 2007

I produced a documentary video for the Jacksonville Chinese Association in celebration of that non-profit organization’s 10th anniversary in 2007. This 13-minute video has been well-received at various occasions such as fund-raising and community outreach; I even received an “Outstanding … Continue reading

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A cameraperson needs to be active and creative

I always tell students in video production class to pay attention to details while they shoot, especially when the video is meant for web delivery, because the smaller-size video windows on a web page call for fewer wide shots and … Continue reading

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