MediaBistro posted a tweet several hours ago that made me appreciate the fact that we as students are encouraged to explore multimedia in our studies. The tweet read: “A good template for the future journalist and content producer: 3 Multimedia Journalists to Watch” followed by a link to 10000Words.net. The article profiles three journalists’ use of multimedia and how they enhance the impact of their stories. All of these journalists are younger (probably under 40) and more tech-savvy than their more-experienced.
One reporter, McKenna Ewan, created a Web site called “Times of Recession” that focused on the recession’s affect on our society. This site incorporated his article, photos and video to create a visual and effective story about the hardships created by the economy.
Mathilde Piarde uses Twitter to exemplify “that young journalists are not the carefree, free-spirited wanderers that veteran journalists often think they are.” Her most notable multimedia projects include a site about women who choose in-home birth instead of going to a hospital and a multimedia profile about Palm Beach, Florida’s top 10 Hot Jobs.
Photojournalist Chris Tompkins is recognized for his exceptional photographic use in multimedia. One in particular was a video essay about Yosemite National Park.
This recognition of these multimedia journalists makes me grateful for our use of multimedia encouraged by our professors. I admit that, at first, I was resistant to starting a Twitter and a blog. I didn’t see the point, it seemed more of a distraction like Facebook. However, after sticking with it and using it to my educational advancement, following tweets of people/companies I find interesting, and immersing myself in my weekly blog, I see the importance of social media. I am also expected to add photos and video to articles I write for J91 (Magazine Writing), which I now realize enhances my understanding of the topic, making me a better journalist.
It is refreshing to see young reporters applauded for their use of multimedia. It gives me as a student a glimpse at what it takes to succeed among more experienced journalists.