This week I took the NewsU: Five Steps to Multimedia Storytelling course. I found this course to be extremely helpful and user friendly. The lesson provided a look into the making of a Dancing Rock’s multimedia webpage. Here are the five steps that I learned about:
- Step 1: Choosing a Story- Stories should be multidimensional and nonlinear. The course explained that while you are picking your story avoid thinking in chronological order i.e. first part, second part, end. After deciding on a story it is important to do background research the course explained that this means “conducting preliminary interviews with sources, getting a basic idea of what to expect in the field, and looking up anything the sources have published in print or on the Web. Collect visuals — photos, videos, maps and graphics — from your sources or from the Web to get an idea of potential story components. Track down any previous stories on the topic — print, video, radio or Web.”
- Step 2: Making a Story Board- There are three parts of creating a story board. These include defining the elements, identifying the media, story boarding the concept. First divide the story into its nonlinear parts, then decide which parts of the story work best with each media, and finally on a sheet of paper draw your final story including the different medium used.
- Step 3: Reporting with Multimedia- This section explained everything that you need to bring with you into the field to conduct your research. Things included obvious things like camera, recording device, and laptop as well as unusual items like rubber bands, plastic bags, and a pocket knife. This section had a game where you were able to “pack your bag”. You matched different necessary items with descriptions of different things you could use them for.
- Step 4: Editing for the Web- ” Once you’ve finished your fieldwork, refine your storyboard. Evaluate your information, figure out what has changed from your original version of the story, and map out which media you have and what should appear on each page.” The course then included guidelines for several types of media.
- Step 5: Producing the Story- During the final stage, your relationship with a web designer is crucial. The course said think of them as your editor. The course also recommended using templates, which allows users to use pre-made set ups so that you don’t have to start from scratch.
The course also gave several great examples of other multimedia examples: