A Look at The New York Time’s: “Snow Fall”

9 Apr

SnowAt first glance the online article “Snow Fall” by John Branch seems like just an ordinary online feature story. However, as you begin to look at it, as you begin to scroll down the page you can immediately tell there is something different about this website.

After taking the time to read the story and appreciate the media blender that I was just thrown into; the thing that I appreciated the most was the interactivity of the website. It was as if the story was reading itself to me. It was as if the webpage knew when I needed to see a video, or a picture, or even a diagram for explanation. It seemed almost like magic that every time I wished I had a video to explain something, abracadabra…there it was.

The first thing that makes this “act of journalism” so revolutionary is that I have never seen anything like it before. What made this website so intriguing was that I didn’t know what to expect next. The fact that technology is so advanced, websites so creative, and online stories now so interactive; yet for this to be something new that I had never seen before and that surprised me at every turn made it that much cooler.

The second reason the way this story was presented is so revolutionary is how the journalist made the sources of media (video, pictures, diagrams, ect.) so involved and interconnected to the actual reading of the story. The ability to make the diagrams and maps come to life and interact with the reader as they go through the story is what makes it so revolutionary.

This class has presented the idea that telling a story as an online journalist is no longer just writing text, it is now the incorporation of videos, pictures, slideshows, sound-bites, diagrams and maps. The ability to use these sources of media throughout a story makes it not only easier to read but also more interesting and compelling for the reader. John Branch combines nearly every different type of media into his article, and allows not only his words to tell a story but also the pictures, videos, and diagrams to paint a picture for the reader and engross them in what actually happen that day.

While reading this story, this online article, I felt myself become involved in the story. I felt myself begin to create feelings, worries and hopes for the people that were involved. What is inspiring as a student journalist is the idea that with a compilation of my words and other sources of media I can present a story that readers and all people could connect with. The author’s ability to engross my mind and thoughts into this story and into the happenings of that day was remarkable.

As a consumer of news, in most cases, I will not take the time to read a single story for 30-45 minutes. I want my news quick and easy. The thing I liked most about this article was the way in which the author presented the story made me not even realize how much I was reading or how long I had been doing it. With the interactivity and the involvement, I felt the story created a sense of fun and a sense of excitement that made me forget that I was even consuming news.

Follow this like for further detail on how “Snow Fall” will affect the future of online journalism

This was by far the coolest and most intriguing story I have ever read. I don’t think it was necessarily the actual story that made it so cool and so amazing, but the presentation of the information. Don’t get me wrong, the actual happenings and circumstances of that day where very intriguing and amazing, but there are a lot of amazing and intriguing things that happen every day.

What made this story so great was the author’s presentation of the information, which ultimately is what set this story apart from anything else I have ever read. Crazy!

Click this link to see the ins and outs of the whole “Snow Fall” project and how it was made and put together. 

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