Multimedia Case Study

 

One of the coolest things about completing a multimedia class is understanding. Obviously, there are so many elements to the field and I know very little about it, but I’m starting to recognize skills and technology used. My lessons are becoming applicable.

This week, we were asked to use our end of the semester knowledge to review a multimedia feature story from the Seattle Times called “Sea Change: The Pacific’s Perilous Turn.”

The piece was extremely accessible to lots of different consumers of media due to its multimedia status. Readers who loved traditional print formats would appreciate the accompanying text piece but the video had the ability to integrate seamlessly on various social media platforms and potentially have viral reach.

“Sea Change” also had wonderfully illustrated maps and photographs, which helped to enhance the story and further the reader’s understanding.

As a journalist, I appreciated the flow of the script and revealing interview subjects after they started speaking. The technical elements of a beautiful story were all there. It allowed me to become absorbed in the story itself and not the fact that there was a story going on.

Behind the Profession of Storytelling 

  

   
During the last event on Thursday’s Words Matter conference, educators and field experts presented on something increasingly in demand: Multimedia Multitasking. 

 

Shane Epping, a photographer and professor at Mizzou, spoke about his story on losing his daughter, Faye. 

“A day before the birthday of our daughter, the doctor told us that he couldn’t hear a heart beat,” said Epping. 

When he knew his daughter would die, he began filming, photographing, and recording everything about their journey.

“As a professional photographer, this has led me to volunteer work. I have photographed 60 families in Boone County with similar problems,” said Epping. 

All of his work has culminated in an audio slideshow and a chapter in the words matter book, which was released on the fourth anniversary of Faye’s birthday. 

  
Students and faculty members were tearful and inspired by Epping’s vulnerable presentation. 

“I feel like this is what sets Mizzou apart from the other j-schools across the country,” said Lexie Churchill. “There’s so much to learn in a classroom but when the professors take time to teach outside it can really add a lot.”