NewsTrack #8: Obamacare Coverage

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One topic that has been covered frequently on CNN and many other news sites is the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare. Today, CNN has posted yet another story about the healthcare reform act. According to the democrats quoted in the article, the Obama Administration has until this Friday to fix the problems regarding the healthcare act.

Screen shot 2013-11-13 at 4.57.38 AMIn regards to the multimedia used to tell this story, CNN did a great job putting together a summary video at the very top of the page. The 2-minute long video gives the audience a clear and concise summary of the problem and the key players that are involved. In addition to the main summary video, there are a couple of other videos that give fuller details about the story. These videos, located on the left side bar of the main story, give readers the opportunity to explore more video stories and interviews about Obamacare.

Another multimedia tool that CNN used to convey the Obamacare story was an infographic. I don’t see a lot of infographics on the CNN website, so I was happily surprised to find one. Infographics are great visual tools that allow readers to get a better understanding of topic. This infographic of the United States shows which states have extended Medicaid options. This visual creates a connection between the content and the reader. The maps allows readers to be more aware of their healthcare options within their respective states.


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