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The article Olympic Bodies, Can You Guess Their Sport, is unique and fun. It was produced by Taige Jensen, Matt Ruby, Bedel Saget, Rumsey Taylor, Lucas Waldron and Joe Ward, with video by Alan Del Rio Ortiz and Leslie Davis, and lighting by Philip Montgomery.

The article is structured as a game. The viewer is shown an Olympic athlete in their skivvies as well as information on that athlete’s weight, height and age. Based on the information given, the viewer is challenged to guess the Olympic athlete’s sport.

I like that this article is super interactive. When the viewer clicks on a sport, the article shows the viewer the correct answer and information about the body types associated with that sport. Also, once the answer is revealed, the athlete moves from his fixed position and acts out their sport, which I thought was a nice touch.

This article has a lot of great multimedia elements, which allows it to function well as a game. For example it has a button to start the game over, and also a replay button for each video of the athlete performing their sport. I think that this article could’ve benefited from having a little globe for each athlete, pinpointing what country each athlete represents.

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I thought the article, Illuminating North Korea, with photographs and video by David Guttenfelder had good imagery and text. The photography was really the main piece of informative multimedia. Many of the photographs that Guttenfelder took were set up and approved by the government because of North Korea’s strict policies.

The text didn’t really give much information detail about North Korea, it only provided context for the photo displayed. The text also was encouraging to the viewer to look into the underlying meaning of the photo, which I thought was helpful.

I think that this article definitely could’ve benefitted from a map or a brief history on North Korea. I also would have appreciated interviews from locals, however I know that the reporters were likely limited in whom they were allowed to speak to.

Quotes: Final Multimedia Project

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For my final multimedia project, I will be profiling two Boston University students. Below are quotations from my interviews with James Hollis & Xue Zhang.

“My brother was at a party at Harvard, but he had some problems getting in even though he was invited. This made us think, what if there was a way to secure your attendance to a party? That’s where the idea for the Movez app came from.“ – James

“We started market research, we looked at different platforms like Eventbright. Party apps like these attempt to do the same thing’s as the Movez app, but fail to socially engineer the experience. This is what millenials are trying accomplish in party apps now.” – James

“On my first project for National Geographic, I had to get a waiver of approval from the government to go diving in a lake in the southern part of china and take photographs underwater.” – Xue

“There are so many limits behind the camera. When you are taking a photo you are forced to think about what you really want to convey in the 135mm frame. You have to kick out all unnecessary information and focus on what is crucial for the viewer to see.” – Xue

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This NYTimes article, Desperate Crossing, written by Scott Anderson and photographed by Paulo Pellegrin, uses an abundance of multimedia elements to capture the severity of migrant’s journey down the Libya-Italy sea crossing. I like that this article has a clear beginning and end, & contains photography which illustrates the duration of the journey.

In an effort to escape poverty, migrants from the sub-Saharan Africa, Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan pay an average of $1,500 to squeeze onto the crowded boats of smugglers on a journey to Italy or Greece for employment and safety.

So far this year, a quarter of a million migrants have made this dangerous journey in the Mediterranean area. The conditions of this journey are not ideal to say the least. Passengers have minimal space and resources are scarce. I like that this article uses a map to demonstrate the shocking amount of casualties that have resulted from this voyage.

This article shows intense photography of the harsh conditions passengers endure on the journey to employment and safety. Pellegrin captured key moments such as when all the passengers on the boat realized they were lost and when the boat was eventually rescued. I like that this article is easy to maneuver. As the viewer scrolls through the article, the story slides from photograph then to descriptive text and video footage which works compatibly to bring the article to life.

 

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52 Places to Go in 2017

This article has some really amazing multimedia elements. Firstly, it includes profound and beautiful photography from around the world. Also, this article includes videos, which are interactive, allowing the viewer to navigate & explore the land, getting the sensation that they are really there.

I like that this article includes a little map for each location. I am not the best at geography so this feature helps to put the photo into perspective for me. The article also includes links to other articles talking about the cities most prominent attractions.

This article is suited well for sharing on social media. It gives the viewer the option, at both the top and bottom of the page, to share the article as a whole on a range of social media platforms including, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and email.

What’s more, this article also gives the viewer the option to share the individual photos with their provided information through means of a variety of social media platforms.

Another multimedia feature that I appreciate in this article is the hyperlinks within the location’s description. The hyperlinks allow the viewer to learn further on a particular event or tradition at the location. I think this feature is important because it encourages the viewer to continue their research on this location.

I would definitely recommend this article to anyone interested in travel and culture. It is a very interactive and informative article that I think was very well done. The photography featured in this article is particularly impressive. Some of my favorite photographs featured in this article are number 22, Great Barrier Reef, Australia and number 27, Gabon.