ABC News Is a Video Hot Spot

October 22, 2010 § Leave a comment is making great use of the internet and its ability to produce multimedia journalism.  The site has taken full advantage of video as a way to tell a story.

First of all, the site’s homepage features a watch video section that scrolls along the top of the page.  It displays the most recent and most talked about video clips.

After you click on a video from the zipper-like line, you are directed to the site’s video page.  Here its easy to find a variety of videos on topics that vary from health to world news.

One of the most useful features in the video section is the “Most Popular” tab. This provides the user with about 15 of the most viewed and most notable recent stories.  One story I found to be particularly compelling due to its visual nature was on the “Person of the Week”

Check it out






Huffington Post Uses Social Networking with Video Journalism

October 19, 2010 § Leave a comment

As much as I have my own personal opinions about The Huffington Post and their eyesore of a website, the story “Rethink Afghanistan”, which reports about the Afghan voting ballots being altered is an excellent example of video journalism,especially with the video being accessible to not  only Facebook, but YouTube as well which definitely helps with generating views to the video:

Although the video is a VO of the reporter, it has video and stills photos of the voting ballots demonstrating video journalism.

-Stephanie Jeanty

New York Times + video = a great relationship

October 18, 2010 § Leave a comment

When you think of The New York Times, you don’t immediately think of video journalism. But to keep up and not get trounced by the competition, print newspapers must use their website to do what everyone else is doing and sometimes more.

The video above illustrates perfect use of multimedia to tell a story. It uses all the correct shots and interviews and the video looks great, which is something that Briggs says doesn’t always matter. But in my mind 80 percent of how your audience sees you comes from your presentation.

Now for the bad: The video is a tad to long for something on the web. I could see this going on 60 Minutes or another long form TV show, but as much as I enjoyed the video it reached a point where it was to long and my interest started wavering.

I also felt that the two instances where there was a voice over from the reporter were unnecessary. If the reporter was going to do a voice over they should actually have done a full one and not just used it to conveniently tie the story together.

And now for the good: The video was classy, well produced and overall interesting to watch. The people the reporter interviewed told the story well and it was edited together well enough to minimize the use of voice over.

The video is presented well on the site. Video overall is a bit hard to find, but the video section is easy to navigate and designed well. ANd for some reason the video is not embedding directly from the site and I have to embed it from YouTube. The New York Times gets some points taken away for that.

However, The New York Times is a print organization that has it right. Good quality video, well reported stories and it still has the basics that make the New York Times a place that people will still go to get their news.

-Frank Posillico

CNN Photojournalist Rides Along with Breast Cancer Survivors

October 18, 2010 § Leave a comment

This video on is an interesting example of video reporting. Although the video does not have a reporter per-say, the video is shot effectively by a photojournalist.

The video embodies key sequences that help develop and cover a story to its fullest, when it comes to video footage techniques. These techniques include close-up on the hands, close-up on the face, wide shots, an over-the-shoulder shots, and a creative shot.

These shots include close-ups of the woman who is telling the story of the event, close-ups of the motorcycles being worked on, wide-shots of the groups of people of survivors on the scene of the event and riding on the backs of motorcycles, an over-the-shoulder of a survivor on a motorcycle waving to the camera, and creative shots varying from the cleaning of the motorcycles to a low shot of the front tire of a motorcycle riding down the road.

Although the five-shot sequence was handled extremely well, there is no clear reporter. There is no stand-up reporter on the scene, giving an overview. However, you could consider Breast Cancer Survivor Brenda Paulshock to be the reporter, although it is not clear if she is or is not.

There is an interview done with one motorcyclist who will be taking survivors on the backs on his bike, this is a good interview although there could have been another interview to break up the sequences.

What I do feel was an effective replacement to another interview however, were the shots of the women on the motorcycles and at the event hugging one another, taking group photos, wearing cancer survivor and supporter gear, and showing the donations as women purchase necklaces and pins to support the cause.

What was also very effective was the use of the woman’s report on the event, and how she told a story that went along well with the video footage that was taken.

Overall the video footage , interviews, and voice-overs went well, and helped depict the power of this moving event. Women riding motorcycles to feel free, support a cause and spread hope.


CNN Video Report

October 17, 2010 § Leave a comment

This 1:23 video is an example of good video reporting. It tells a story–starts with the beginning of this high school student’s day (5:22am) and uses a bunch of sequence shots that go with the reporter’s script.

The reporter makes the story more intimate by focusing on the student, Renee, using his own testimony and b-roll to generate likeness.

Then as the reporter generalizes to statistics, the video shows the feet of a bunch of students at the school, creating an establishing shot.

This story also employs the use of still photos, when the reporter talks about the study done by the university in Rhode Island. Two experts are interviewed as well.

The end of the story shows Renee getting into bed and turning off the tv, which is an appropriate closing shot.

The only thing I didn’t like about this story was the excessive use of dissolves to go from one shot to the other.

LA Times In Focus

October 6, 2010 § Leave a comment

The beauty of online and multimedia journalism is that it provides a new platform for photojournalism.  The LA Times does a really good job of making the pictures that accompany their stories a focal point.  Some news outlets’ websites, such as the New York Times for example, use more text than they do pictures on their homepage. Personally, I find the use of pictures, especially on a website, much more captivating than text.

What I enjoyed the most was a great section called Framework. It is a  blog dedicated solely to pictures and videos in the news.  The blog reflects a quote by Matt Thompson featured in Mark Briggs’ book.

“Are we using 1,000 words where a picture should be?”


Washington Post becomes multimedia journalism

October 5, 2010 § Leave a comment

Washington Post is a news organization that not only provides compelling photos and videos, but the site’s slide shows are user-friendly and so short that they’re able to keep visitor’s attention on each story. Similar to the story below, which reported about returning war soldiers and their injuries. I was so caught up in the story and the photos of the effects from war that I wanted more of the story so I began researching the story further.

Washington Post's Returning Soldiers Story

 The site has a multimedia navigation on the top of the site as well as has access in the middle of the front page which displays the photo galleries from stories. Washington Post has excellent audio and video podcasts which range in topics from sports and politics to nightlife events in Washinton demonstrating the site’s ability to keep up-to-date with the everchanging structure of Journalism.

Washington Post Multimedia Site

-Stephanie Jeanty

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