Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Media Convergence and Multimedia Journalism

Multimedia Journalism

Today I woke up to some terrible news about a girl from my hometown of Huntington Beach. The Orange County Register featured a story about a local 22-year-old girl, Holly Barish, who died last night after getting hit by a car on Pacific Coast Highway near Seal Beach. The tragic story was featured as one of the top stories in the news section of the online publication. Such a heartbreaking story can often be difficult to depict in a brief news story. For this reason, The Orange County Register’s use of multimedia journalism allowed for a very thorough coverage of the story.

The page features an interview with an officer of the Seal Beach Police Department explaining briefly what happened, what actions were taken at the scene, and who witnesses could contact with further information. There is also a picture of two officers inspecting the accident and a detailed account about the report in print. This technique of utilizing different types of media has evolved with the advancement of technology and allows readers to be fully engaged and stimulating when exposed to news stories.

Media Convergence

One of my most visited news stations is E! I am currently studying fashion merchandising as my minor and take great interest in the celebrity and fashion world. In hopes of one day being a fashion writer, I try to stay informed about what is going on within this industry. E! News is an ideal station for this but when I do not have time to sit and watch television, I am able to stay up-to-date with their website, E! Online.

E! Online features print stories about the topics discussed on their daily show, E! News. The website also includes Facebook and Twitter links that allow for an even broader spectrum of media coverage for E! Entertainment. The Facebook allows followers to get instant updates on their portable devices or computers as well as view the most recent tweets by the company. The Twitter, Facebook, and overall website also allow for feedback and interaction with their followers. This convergence of vast types of media depicts where the term “media” is headed today. With the junction of all of these forms of technology and tools to distribute the news, people are able to consume media just about anywhere.

1 comment:

  1. Your OC Register example is good because it highlights the ability for a newspaper to humanize a story through multimedia elements. And E! Online definitely reflects the ability of readers to obtain news anytime, anyplace.