Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Media Convergence and Multimedia Journalism


A federal appeals court has just ruled that Proposition 8 violates the U.S. Constitution, now making it a case for the U.S. Supreme Court. In covering this story, the Los Angeles Times website offers links that give more in depth coverage of this issue. One of these links shows an interactive map of gay rights in the U.S. This is a great example of media convergence, in that it offers interaction for readers, and a better understanding of different aspects of this story. There is also a timeline on the right-hand side of the page which outlines the political history of proposition 8 since it was first passed in 2008. The page is simply inundated with various links to other articles related to Proposition 8, offering a great deal of access for readers to look further into this issue.


A segment on Good Morning America this morning covered the final voicemail that was found by Josh Powell, who murdered his two sons. This segment included audio description of the story, incorporated with images, along with an interview with the children's grandparents. CNN.com then followed up with a more in-depth article on the story, including several short videos of live coverage on the story. Other news organizations, such as CNN have elaborated and branched off from the original information found and revealed from ABC News. While the segment on Good Morning America offered audiences a visually engaging depiction, the articles offered on the internet allow for a more in-depth understanding. This lets readers absorb the story at their leisure, and allows for audiences to gather information they may have missed on the television segment.

By Brittany Hays

1 comment:

  1. The Prop 8 coverage example does a good job of showing how multimedia tools can be used to add historical and political context to a breaking news story. And the description of how two media outlets partnered to expand their coverage of the Powell murders is also a good choice for demonstrating industry convergence.