Multimedia Reporting Fall 2016

JRN 3510 Course Introduction

Hello, JRN 3510 students! This class blog is where you’ll pitch stories, submit drafts, publish your edited stories, and workshop each other’s projects and ideas. I will also post my lectures here so that you can refer back to them.

Professor Emily Johnson


Office Hours: Wednesdays 2:30 p.m.-4 p.m.

Today’s class 8/29:

Welcome and introductions.

Review the syllabus:


What does “multimedia” journalism mean and how is it changing?

Traditional forms like writing, radio and broadcast have moved online and can complement each other when it comes to telling a complete, dyanamic story.

Snow Fall: revolutionary in 2012, now this type of interactive multimedia-heavy layout is fairly common.

The old forms of traditional media still exist, but they have adapted to new methods of delivery and consumption.

Radio stories on the air –> downloadable/streamable podcasts

TV news –> online video (compositional framing changes, video length changes, formatting optimized for mobile)

Newspaper-style photography and landscape orientation –> Instagram and Snapchat (portrait orientation contains more information)

The availability of online multimedia content has also made aggregation easy (tweet roundups, etc.) and helped to create a click-driven economy. Twitter and other social platforms have changed the way news breaks.

Latest trends:

-Snapchat and Instagram stories

-Facebook Live

360 video and VR

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