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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NewsTrack #6: Video coverage on CNN

This week’s Newstrack theme is video. CNN’s website has a lot of video content and a majority of the videos on the website are well produced. There are many different types of videos on the website.

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One notable piece regarding CNN video usage is the Live TV section located on the right side of the main homepage. Having this section available on the page allows website visitors  are able to click and watch a live stream of CNN as if they were watching it on television. However, one must be signed up with a local TV provider such as Verizon Fios to enable this video capability.

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There are a variety of videos available on the website that provide a good visual supplement to the stories they tell. One video piece that I thought was an interesting approach was the CNN story of a human trafficking in America. Video content surrounding the topic of this issue would be difficult to shoot and gather because of the danger and controversy surrounding this issue. However, this video is particular told the story of a woman who was formerly a “sex slave” and the video content provided was through the clips from a movie titled “Eden”. The movie “Eden” was released in 2012 and starred Jamie Chung. The movie was based on a true story about a girl who was kidnapped and forced to work in a human and drug traffic ring. Scenes from this movie were played during the interview of a woman (whose name was not provided).

NewTrack Entry 5 : Story of the 9-year-old Stowaway

This morning CNN posted a story about a 9-year-old child who was able to sneak past security and board a flight to Las Vegas. According to an email obtained by the Minneapolis Star Tribune,  the child has had a history of behavioral problems and previous offenses include sneaking into a water park and being arrested for stealing a car.

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This story is an interesting topic because it opens up a lot of questions regarding the child’s behavioral issues, parenting strategies, and most importantly, the lack of airport security.


No pictures of the child or the family were included in the story, thus the story was covered from the angle of flawed airport security. Two videos were provided by CNN. The first video gave the details of the story and showed clips of the airport and shots of the security officers and flight attendants on duty. This video gave a good visual aspect to the story because it depicted the stages that the boy was able to pass through without previous questioning.


The second video consisted of a group of individuals talking about this story. Frances Townsend, a CNN National Security Analyst, was one of the individuals who took part in the conversation. The group’s conversation brought up good key points and issues surrounding the story.

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NewTrack Entry 4 : The Government Shutdown Explained in 20 Questions

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In the latest news, a government shutdown has ensued Washington D.C. and CNN has provided a quick and easy guide to understanding the details of shutdown. There were many stories published throughout the day yesterday chronicling the events of the government shutdown, but this story in particular really got down to the nitty-gritty as to just what was going down at the capital.

CNN news editor Holly Yan demystifies the government shutdown in the form of twenty questions. These questions and the responses that follow bring readers up to speed as to events that have unfolded in Washington D.C. over the past couple weeks. The story is also accompanied by a photo slideshow that show the key players involved in the shutdown and their impact on the situation. This slideshow provides a great visual source for readers and gives more specific details about the shutdown. 

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On the left sidebar of the story’s site page, four video clips are featured which provide even more visual details of the government shutdown and important topics of the debate including Obamacare and the political effect of the shutdown on the government.

The right side is stacked with stories of the complete covereage of “Countdown to Shutdown”. These are just several other stories that have been written about the topic. There are many stories in this sidebar, so if a reader was really interested in reading or watching more about the shutdown, there are a plethora of multimedia options available on this page.

NewTrack Entry 3 : iReport

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After another week of exploration, I have found another feature of the site that I think is rather interesting and unique to the CNN site. It is called “iReport”.
iReport is a platform on CNN’s site that allows members of the worldwide community to contribute what they believe to be newsworthy to CNN. According to CNN, this platform allows the news site to gain a deeper understanding of the world and also see perspectives from different angles.

After signing up, an individual can join similar interest groups, post articles and browse assignments, read posts from other fellow readers and also customize your iReport newsfeed to your own liking.

There are many categories and various subjects on the iReport platform ranging from politics and the military to food and entertainment. Within each category many individualshave posted their stories in forms of pictures, written text and video.

This iReport platform allows readers and followers of CNN to contribute to the news site in many forms of multimedia packages. By having these diverse opinions and mediums, a more accurate picture can be shown and a better understanding of the topic can be made.

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