How to be a multimedia journalist

My latest column on PBS Mediashift looks at how to teach multimedia journalism in the classroom.

This means that journalists need to think on different levels as they conceive of a story and its treatment. It involves taking a multifaceted approach to a story and working out how best to tell it with the media available. The attraction for journalists is the ability to tell a story in multiple ways, making information accessible in ways that go beyond the standard news article in print.

Among the online resources I recommend is the tutorial by Jane Stevens on multimedia story-telling.

Another invaluable resource is a post by Mindy McAdams on making multimedia story decisions. To help the students, I created a PDF version of Mindy’s cheat-sheet (PDF).