The first example of a good story is intruiging to me because of the photography used to tell the story. Coming from Cheyenne, I’ve never seen such flooding or hail of this nature, but to see it happen there through these photos is very accurate. The photo’s also seem to set the tone of the story, creating a dramatic like mood. James Brosher, from the Wyoming Tribune Eagle, did a fantastic job. Link
My second example is very different from any other form of multimedia news I’ve seen. It chronicles the First Battalion, 87th Infantry of the 10th Mountain Division over their deployment into Afghanistan from March 2010-March 2011. The NY Times did a great job in incorporating meaningful photos in with video that could easily portray the mood of the soldiers. Having the contrast of photography and video, kept me interested and stimulated visually. Link
My choice for a bad example was one that immediately caught my eye. It was on the front page of the Las Vegas Sun multimedia page and was MISSPELLED! It read “Students moving into UNVL dorms” — Whoops! It should be “UNLV”. So, I began to watch the video and was turned off right away. The tone of the people talking was monotone and very serious, the reporter was boring. I just felt like ti was on Dateline NBC covering a murder, instead of kids moving into the dorms. Not the right attitude. Link
The most engaging features of a successful multimedia story in my opinion is a good set of photos and a video that runs in tune with the given set of photos. A slight description of what the photos are can help too, while the media needs to be consistent with what story the writer is trying to portray. Here is an example of a good photo from the hail story from the Wyoming Tribune Eagle.
Some distracting aspects of a multimedia story are irrelevant photos. It’s frustrating to me when I watch a video and the reporter interviews somebody who is totally unprepared and doesn’t answer any questions that help me in understanding the point of the story. Off topic interviews and such are highly problematic for me.