Multimedia storytelling: Making people feel

“I believe a newspaper is an experience, and we should think of it that way. What kind of experience are we providing people? And that experience should touch people. It should make people feel. And good storytelling does that.”

— John Temple, former editor of the Rocky Mountain News

I would argue that multimedia storytelling is the most powerful way to touch readers in the 21st century. Instead of just telling readers what the story is in a 15-inch story or 30-second TV report, today’s journalists have the tools to take readers to the story and allow them to experience the moment themselves, to feel something. Here are two examples that do just that:

  • Final Edition” — the Rocky Mountain News closes after almost 150 years in business
  • A People in Despair” — audio slideshow with narration from Pulitzer-winning Miami Herald photographer Patrick Harrell
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