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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.

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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Democratizing the Sky: Drones in Visual Journalism

This article was highly visual and uses a couple multimedia effects that really add to the story. The article mainly consists of a slide show of photos taken from a drone. The photos are very high up, so they are effective in displaying landscapes that are going through drastic change and turmoil.

I like that each one of these photos has a lot of depth, rather than close up shots of people’s expression. I think that because all of these photos are taken from so high up, it shows where drones are allowed to be & it is comforting to know that they cannot go down to ground level.

I like that this article was more of a broad subject. It is a gallery with photos from all around the world. Each photo comes with a link to the article being read, however I do not think this is necessary at all. I think that it would have been much more logical for the writer to link to another article that relates to the photo.

Additionally, I like this article because it gives many ways to share via social media. Next to each photo in the article is an icon that allows the viewer to share it via facebook, twitter, pinterest, email & more.

Lastly, I think this photo slideshow could have really benefitted from some video. Many of these photos feature people working and doing things; it would have been a nice perspective to see a video of the people in action instead, in order to grasp the pace of the location.

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Happy New Year 2016.

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The Year 2016 In Pictures

I thought this article was impressive and inspiring. This article did not contain any charts or video, but it was still successful in showing human interaction and emotion throughout 2016.

This article was mainly text, and photographs but the way they were displayed made the article more dramatic. Instead of placing photographs with descriptive texts underneath, the article is set up so as the viewer scrolls down, they are in darkness until the next picture comes to light. This effect makes the photograph more impactful and builds anticipation in the viewer.

Additionally, there isn’t a ton a descriptive text in this article & I think it really works for the piece. In this article, the photograph is allowed to speak for itself, while the text is there solely to provide necessary information like the time, place and situation at hand.

I like how NY Times made it possible to share this article as a whole, or each picture individually. The writers accomplished this by putting a facebook & twitter icon below each photo, as well as at the end of the article.

Lastly, I like this article a lot because all of the photographs show people’s faces. There is so much to gather from looking at a person’s expression in a photo. I think that the photographers must have really hustled to get some of these shots, & they really pay off in this article.

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Photo credit to Tinker Ready

I just read this article on nytimes.com. It is a devastating report on the chaos that is currently going on in the Philippines due to President Rodrigo Duterte’s aggressive antidrug campaign. Photographer & writer Daniel Berehulak cover this tragic story beautifully.

The multimedia used in the report of this story is commendable because it really speaks to the brutality of this situation. The way the report is presented adds to the dramatic effect of the story. For instance, the dark overlay on the photos, which gets progressively darker as it reaches the text. This effect illustrates the darkness and feelings of hopelessness that arise in the antidrug campaign in the Philippines.

This light to dark effect is also effective in representing the unpredictability of the Philippines. During this anti drug campaign, residents never know what they will see when they turn the street corner, or if they will even live to see tomorrow. By using this visual effect of darkening the screen and then slowly bringing it to light to reveal the next photograph builds the anticipation in the viewer, & makes them wonder what striking image they will see next.

What’s more, the photographs alone, shot by Daniel Berehulak, are extremely descriptive & impactful. His photographs of sobbing families at their father’s funeral, residents of the Philippines, lay dead in the street, from being shot by the police while riding their motorcycle’s. Images that show devastation and brutality are effective in provoking emotion in readers. Additionally, these images illustrate the casualness of murder in the Philippines and how it is affecting its people.

Another very influential piece of multimedia that helps to bring this article to life is the map shown, which lays out all of the locations, where bodies have been found in the Philippines. This map demonstrates how this antidrug crusade has spread all over the Philippines, and also where the most violent areas are.

I also appreciate the fact that this article shows images of the communities of these areas in the Philippines, all of which had big gravesites, for the countless family members that were lost in the turmoil due to Duterte’s antidrug campaign. These images let the reader know that death is an everyday thing for the residents of the Philippines.

Overall, I found this article to be very impressive and inspiring. I look forward to using some of these multimedia effects, in my own work.