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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.

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Black Lives Matter Black Friday

#BlackTwitter After #Ferguson

I really enjoyed this video made by Brent McDonald and John Woo. This video is successful in putting the viewer in the place of an African American during the Black Lives Matter Movement. The video accomplishes this through a number of multimedia effects.

Firstly, by displaying the tweets on top of the tweeters, meanwhile they read them aloud; the viewer feels their passion for the subject. When some of the tweeters are reading their tweets, they explain how they felt at the time of the crisis. They explain what this tweet accomplished for them, and how they felt they were contributing to something bigger than themselves.

This video was really impactful because it went through each situation where a black life was taken. It showed the actual video of the tragedy, and overlaying the video, was an audio of an African American Tweeter who had heard about the death and their perspective. One woman says “It was just another black boy dead, no one is going to care.”

I like how this video shows how powerful Twitter is as a social network. It emphasizes that Twitter was the saving grace to people participating in the Black Lives Matter Movement.

One of my favorite parts about this video, was that when each tragic video was played, not only was a voice over of someone’s reaction played over the video, but also the hashtags that were used at the time to spread the message popped up on the screen. This told the viewer that people vocalizing their concerns via Twitter made this movement possible.

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Police On Video: When the Camera Turns

This video by NY Times did not use a plethora of a multimedia effects, however it was extremely effective in getting its message across. Personally, I had chills the whole time watching the video. The video contains multiple clips of white officers treating black citizens really unjustly. It is effective in building anticipation in the viewer because before each clip is played, there is darkness with a date and location, and no sound. Next the image of the clip emerges from the darkness and the viewer is instantly thrown into a really dramatic situation.

Throughout this video, there is not dramatic sound track, just the audio of the video. The audio, within the clips, is usually of people panicking, yelling and trying to get away. I think this video is successful because of its simplicity. The contents of the video clips speak for themselves and there is no need for lengthy descriptions.

Many of the clips within this video aren’t the best quality. The camera is shaky, maybe not too clear; you can hear people frantically moving. In another video, this type of messy quality would not be ideal at all. However, for this video, the frazzled filming style actually works. Spectators who happened to see the situation and take their camera out in time to get a video filmed these clips. The franticness and panic of the person filming actually contributes to the video, because it speaks to the severity of the situation.

I think that it would have been nice if this video ended with a statistic or a chart. Because this video covers a number of African American people killed by police, it would’ve been helpful to have a statistic at the end showing how many African American people are killed by police on average and maybe link to a website that specializes in the topic.

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What A Child Actually Sees on Vacation

Although this video seems simple, it still is successful in making an impact on the viewer. This video does not rely on cramming itself with a ton of different multimedia elements, but rather it sticks to a basic 360 video in different locations around the world.

I think that the simplicity of this video is successful because it shows the similarity of all these very different locations. In this video, there is family visiting China, a family skiing in the mountains of Canada, & a family in a San Francisco art museum. In all of these locations there are different activities, customs and traditions, yet the viewer only grasps one thing, the child’s point of view on vacation.

In each clip, the viewer sees a child interacting with their family on vacation. The child is usually learning something new, not something miraculous but a lesson that probably everyone has learned. For example not to lick a cold pole because your tongue will get stuck to it, & that by looking in a broken mirror you can see multiple reflections.

Because of this video’s simplicity, it is able to accomplish something NY Times aims for, the feeling of togetherness. By showing a child’s perspective in all different locations, it makes the viewer think that it doesn’t matter where you are, we are all learning the same lessons & exploring life the same.

This video doesn’t have incredible multimedia effects, simply 360 video, and text with a location and name, & the same audio covering the entire track. I think that if the video had charts, and photographs and interviews, it would take away from the simplicity of the piece, and likely distract from its message.

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Pictures From Women’s Marches on Every Continent

I think that this article was really effective in communicating its message. There isn’t any text to this article, other than the label on each picture telling the city, and the words written on protesters signs.

The article flows easily from one photo to the next, each displaying a crowd or an individual protesting for women’s rights. This article doesn’t have any dramatic transitions, much like other photomontages have. I think that by having no transitions, it actually emphasizes the article’s message more. From my point of view, the article is trying to get out the message that people around the world care deeply about women’s rights, alike.

Each picture possesses similar crowds of diverse people. The only things that change are the buildings and landscapes because of the different location.

One multimedia element that I thought was cute and a nice addition is the little globe that follows the viewer from photo to photo. As the viewer looks through the slide show, the globe turns and pin points the location of the photo.

This article does have the ability to share via social media. There are icons at the top allowing the viewer to share the article via facebook, twitter, email and more. However, each individual photo cannot be shared and I think that could have been a nice option for viewers.

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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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Climate Change, Claims A Lake & An Identity

One thing I really admire & strive to be able to do myself is when an article takes a very simple topic and covers it in so many different ways, that it becomes a really interesting and multifaceted subject. John Haner & Nicholas Casey definitely accomplished that idea in this article.

This article is not just photographs and texts; it contains video, photographs, text, interactive maps and many embedded links. This article is all about one lake, lake Poopo that was dried out from climate change. This article clearly demonstrates how the loss of this lake has negatively affected its residents.

Firstly, the video used as the background for the title is really informative. It shows a lone fisherman with his boat on a dried up lake and the video zooms out to show more and more desolate land. This filming technique allows the viewer to feel the hopelessness of the fisherman who used to rely on this lake for business and food.

Because this article involves a lot of extra information on climate change that people may not be aware of. Instead of cluttering the article with lengthy descriptions, there are many embedded links for viewers to get clarity on the subject.

Another critical multimedia element in this piece is the interactive map of Lake Poopo. As the viewer tries to scroll down from the map, the map zooms in on the lake closer and closer. As the viewer sees a closer view of the lake, facts and information about the lake pop up. This is a fun and unique way to display otherwise not very exciting information. What’s awesome about this map is that as the viewer gets closer to the lake, the lake starts to smaller, eventually disintegrating into just land.

After the informational intro, this article gets more personal. It features photographs of residents that relied on the lake & puts impactful quotes from them in font much larger than the rest of the article.

I think that the article had a lot of good information & used multimedia well to compliment the piece, however, I think that a chart would have gone well with this article. A chart could have been useful in showing how many people relied on this lake, and how many people are left without homes and jobs because of its disintegration.

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Inside Venezuela’s Crumbling Mental Hospital

This article by Meredith Kohut & Nicholas Casey was not cluttered with many different multimedia elements, but still successful in communicating its message by way of photographs and text. In my opinion, the photographs are the most critical element of this article. If the article was just text, it would be like reading a horror story for viewers. A horror story is always interesting, but the photographs are the proof that makes it all real.

The photographs are shot from angles that amplify the message. For example, there is a photograph of three nurses in a small & dirty office. The photograph is positioned to see all of their faces, looking stressed and using any resources they can find. In the text below, it is explained that the hospital is lacking what is needed most, medicine for its patients. As a result, the nurses have to decide everyday which patients need medicine the most and ration out what they have.

I think that despite the terrible conditions, the photographers were successful in making the nurses appear as hero’s instead of villains. For example, there is one photo of a nurse tying a patient to his bed. Sounds pretty horrible right? But the photograph was shot just right, the light from the window shined in on the nurse’s face, the patient seemed relaxed and you could see the gentleness of the nurse. If the photographer had chosen to shoot this photo from behind the nurse, only getting the nurses silhouette, tying the skinny patient to the bed, not being able to see the patient’s expression, then the entire message of the photo may have been misconstrued. The viewer instead would get the impression that this hospital is inhumane and the nurses treat their patients terribly, which is not right at all.

Also, this article has a clear beginning and end, which is important in any story. The beginning photo shows a frail man getting out of bed, while the end photo shows a woman curled up in a desolate room. I thought these photos were in a good order because it demonstrates how a typical day resolves for the patients, and how at the end of the day, they go back to the same hopeless state.

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Happy New Year 2016.

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.