NewsTrack #7: CNN Health

For today’s blog post I want to focus on the CNN’s health section. This section of the site has a lot of very interesting stories that I like to share on my Twitter. The content is applicable to many people’s lives and is often essential to know if one wants to live a healthy lifestyle.

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There are many multimedia pieces at work in this section of the site. Every story is accompanied by at least one picture. Additionally some articles have videos that give a brief overview of the whole story. However, even though most stories come with video and picture supplements. The images used in both the photos and the videos are often not of the best quality and are often stock photos, photographs taken for no specific purpose. I imagine the reason for this is because many of the stories written for this section cover very sensitive topics that are not conducive to capturing visually (images of an illness, person with symptoms, etc).

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One thing that I really like about the health section of CNN’s website is their video series called “Health Minute”. In each Health Minute video, a health related topic is explained and discussed within a one-minute span. Topics range from childhood concussions to lowering one’s risk for diabetes. These videos provide are short, concise and effective way of getting important information to the public.

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