Extra Credit Quiz #2

Here are the answers I was looking for:

For each of the following, describe 1.) the unique qualities of the medium and 2.) in what circumstances it is the best way to convey information or tell a story. (Worth 2 points each).

1.Text
-Quickly convey basics (5 Ws), key facts, overview, context, quotes.
-Best for standard print stories – ie hard news, features, profiles, etc. The most versatile format. When dealing with multimedia, the text often serves as “gateway” to the other forms of media through headlines, captions, social media or a teaser.

2. Audio
-Audience can hear atmosphere, emotions, accents.
-Best for capturing memories, anecdotes, people telling own stories in their own words. Interviews.

3. Video
-Combines visuals, audio, and captures action.
-Best for action and opinion. When audience wants to see and hear something happening.

4. Live blogging
-Real-time updates posted during and in response to a particular event.
-Live blogging is used to cover almost any event that reporters used to have at least a few hours to report, but now they have to do it on the fly as the event happens. Reporters often have to live blog an event and then write a follow-up story after. In this case, live blogging is like a public form of note taking. Great for sports events, press conferences, tech announcements, etc.

5. Data visualization or infographic
Data-heavy information can bog down a narrative or slow the pacing of a story. That data might be edited out to streamline a story or put into a table for readers to browse. A better solution is to use simple graphics that can be created in minutes and delivered for free using web tools.  These information graphics will compliment and add context to your stories. Graphics can help you highlight important information from a database in a way much easier to understand than a text-only presentation.

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