One in 8 Million

After searching the Internet, I have no doubt in my mind that this interactive multimedia story created by the New York Times was the best I came across. The interactive multimedia story is called “One in 8 Million.”

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The multimedia package is small Soundslides of different people with interesting stories that live in New York. They are all unique from a lady who is a blind wine taster to a singing waitress. The cool part is that it is interactive; you can scroll through these group of stories and just pick one to watch.

It does a successful job in the fact that each story has a unique and intriguing main character, it has a conflict and it also has its own unique resolution. This multimedia project also caught my eye because I plan to move to New York when I graduate–mainly because I want to live in New York and do journalism in a city with millions of people that each have a story to tell.

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Keep on Losing, America

The video “Keep on Losing, America” is an example of a successful video multimedia story. It contains all the components needed.

The story is about Khadija Garrett, who is a lost and found attendant at Grand Central Terminal, and how she goes through the process of her job everyday. It was a really captivating because I would have never thought about this as someone’s job, and she makes it seem really interesting by how she tells her side of the story.

I like how they opened up the video with the sequence of the sped up time in the Grand Central Terminal. That with the use of the natural sound really added that effect of you wondering what this story was going to be about, especially with the title. The subway system? The Grand Central Terminal? Nope!

Then we meet Khadija, and she is a vivacious and strong character herself, so she moves the story forward well.

The 5-shot method for shooting was executed well, and there was a lot of natural sound used also. The most important part of the video was how Khadija told the story. She gave her job an appearance of more than a daunting task, but she made it seem like a whole entire game. She made each item seem like it truly connected with its lost owner; it was like the item had a story, which she helped tell through her job [and narration].

This was a really great video shot by Nick Pandolfo and Juan E. Gastelum, which is apart of the “Unsung New Yorkers” collection done by the Columbia Journalism School.

An Anti-Illegal Immigration Crusade

This audio slideshow is done by the Miami Herald, and it talks about a man and how he fights to stop illegal immigrants from coming to the US. The audio slideshow is called “An Anti-Illegal Immigration Crusade.” Enos Schera talks about his attempts, since the late first wave of Hispanic immigrants in the 1960s-1980s, at stopping the government for allowing these people into the country. It also lets Cheryl Little discuss opposite side of this debate and how they do not harm our economy or state of living.

I enjoyed this audio slideshow; it really hits a relevant topic, especially since I’m from Miami. I think, though, that it lacks some elements that could make it even better. Many of the pictures are just different angle shots of people holding signs; I would like to see and hear from more people involved in the movement besides Schera. I also do not like how Little was on the phone in her audio. It wa s abit distracting and hard to hear. I feel like there was not really much talking about the issue and how it directly impacted the communities in South Florida; it just gave the two sides of the debate–there wasn’t the human or emotional aspect too tied into it.

If more variety of pictures were added, a live interview with little, more sources and a bit more natural sound–maybe even an illegal immigrant interview–, this story would be a lot better.

The Grand Father

This is a audio slideshow that the Miami Herald did is called “The Grand Father.” It is about a grandfather, who suddenly had to step up as a role model for his family. The slideshow tells how his daughter’s husband died, which suddenly made his four granddaughters without a father figure in their life. This slideshow tells the story of how the grandfather stepped up and became the person who would help his daughter love and care for her children–making sure they had a father figure in their life.

I think this audio slideshow did an excellent job in telling the story. I has a narrative arc, which takes you through the from the beginning. They present you with the conflict/problem, they show how it affected the girls, it shows the highpoint (the grandfather going above and beyond to help his daughter) and comes to the end where its the resolution. The bets part is it is not a resolution in the fact the problem was solved but it allows for us to know that, through the grandfather, the children have found a way to deal with their conflict without it bothering them.

The images were varied and great, the audio had great natural sound of the daughters and grandfather, a variety of sources, the pacing was also well done and the story had a universal theme of the connection and bond and love of family.

“The Boy in the Moon”

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I loved this three-part multimedia package. It is the relationship between writer Ian Brown and his son Walker, who has a complex genetic disorder (CFC). It shows the everyday struggle to not just care but understand his son–emphasizing the importance of and value of life.

I really liked this multimedia package because not only is it similar to how our final project should look like, but it reminded me of the Parker-Willi Syndrome story we saw in class. It is timeless and strikes the core of human emotion(s).

“Young Hot is Hot. And Young.”

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I picked this as one of the Soundslides visual stories that I liked because it is similar to the one Dave and I will be attempting to put together. It takes Omar’s story with hip-hop and adds his personal struggle and the development of himself as a rapper and individual.

The video was published in the Philadelphia Weekly and produced by Mariel Waloff.