NewsTrack #12: CNN uses graphics to tell a story

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This is article is not much of a story in the sense that the article does not take a certain angle into perspective. The article is essentially an objective piece explaining what BitCoins are. BitCoins are a form of currency that allows the buyer to purchase items anonymously. In my previous CNN NewsTrack analysis, I usually criticize CNN for not using infographics or just graphics in general to tell a story. In terms of multimedia, the site highly relies on their video (and sometimes photos) to tell a story.

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However, in this one article posted by CNN, the graphics help tell the story behind “BitCoins”. There are a number of stories regarding BitCoins on the CNN site, however I wanted to highlight this story in particular because of the interesting and visually appealing graphics they use in the story. In my opinion, the graphics themselves are easy to read and understand, however I think their simplicity really adds to the story. I think that using more of these graphic stories in the future will allow CNN to strengthen their content and provide better stories to their readers.

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Newstrack #11: Winter storm aims at East Coast

This entry will be an analysis of a developing news story about the major winter storm heading towards the east cost. This story had great copy with numerous facts and statics regarding the winter storm affecting most of the Southwest. The reader could easily skim through the story and find important details surrounding the storm. Additionally, the video that accompanied the story provided additional details that worked to enhance the content of the story. The video was not a rehash of the story or a condensed version of the written copy. It focused more on the dangers of the storm for drivers and homeowners.

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Although the story and video content was done very well, there are a couple things that CNN could have done to make this story even better. Inserting a graphic would be one improvement I would make to this story. A great visual graphic for this story would be something such as an interactive weather chart depicting where the storm is currently and where it would be heading in the next couple of days. Another good graphic for this story would be a statistics maps showing what areas in the Southwest have been affected the most by the storm. These two elements would allow the reader to get a better sense of what areas the storm is affecting the most and also give the readers a better perspective of how they should go about preparing for the storm if it was headed in their direction.

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An example of graphic that could have accompanied this weather story.

NewsTrack Entry #10: Story Analysis

 Study: There’s no such thing as healthy obesity.

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This was an interesting article that I found had a good video and written story package. The topic was about a new review of several studies that suggested that being healthy and obese was a myth. The story package contained basic background and how the scientists conducted the experiment. The story gave the reader the overview of the study.

This story also had a video that supplemented the information mentioned in the article. On the CNN broadcast, the reporters interviewed a clinical assistant professor at New York University regarding the new study. This was effective multimedia because CNN was getting an expert’s opinion on the issue.

Over all this was a good story package in my opinion, however there was one thing I wish they had included: Graphics. There are no photographs in this story since obesity and weight loss is a somewhat touchy subject. If the story included graphics reflecting the results of the study or something along those lines the story would be a lot stronger and more visually appealing.

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