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News 21’s media scroller: a new way of presenting multimedia?

Posted in Journalism by Adam Westbrook on October 5, 2009

I’ve spent some time playing with Arizona University’s Carnegie-Knight funded multimedia project News 21.

It’s headline is one I fully subscribe to: “A New Generation Produces a New Form of Journalism“.

Amen to that. It’s good to see a project dedicated to finding new ways of doing old things, and they’re coming up with some good stuff. For example: how about this- a multimedia scroller to view photos and video associated with a text story.

News 21: Carnegie-Knight

News 21: Carnegie-Knight

You read through the text as you would any other online piece. But rather than having photographs & videos embedded within the text, it appears above the words as and when.

As you scroll down to a new paragraph, a photo illustrating the point appears. Scroll down a bit further, and it is replaced with some video which you can play instantly.

News 21’s current version isn’t much to look at, but it is certainly easy to use and gives a much more integrated way of experiencing multimedia. More please!