Flash Journalism: How to Create Multimedia News Packages by Mindy McAdams

By Mindy McAdams

This booklet will help reporters and Flash builders who're operating jointly to convey video, audio, nonetheless pictures, and lively pictures jointly into one entire Web-based package deal. This publication isn't just one other Flash booklet since it specializes in the necessity of newshounds to inform a correct tale and supply exact pics. This publication will illustrate the best way to animate pictures comparable to maps, illustrations, and diagrams utilizing Flash. it is going to exhibit reporters the best way to combine top quality photographs and audio interviews right into a whole information package deal for the net. every one lesson within the ebook is through a studying precis in order that reporters can assessment the abilities they've got bought alongside the way in which. moreover, the book's six case experiences will enable readers to check the features of stories applications created with Flash by means of newshounds and internet builders on the Washington put up, MSNBC.com, and Canadian and eu information firms. * excellent for photojournalists who are looking to create or produce on-line slide exhibits with audio. * an inventory of keyboard shortcuts for Flash may be integrated as an appendix. * classes, now not reference. This available method for studying Flash MX 2004 illustrates its thoughts with concrete examples that make feel. * complete colour!

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Vector graphics can be moved, scaled, and skewed without any notable increase in file size (vector graphics can be created in Flash itself or in other applications such as Illustrator, FreeHand, and Fireworks, and imported by Flash). By 1999, a number of designers had figured out how to use Flash to pan across a still photo, or focus on a detail and then zoom out, to add drama and engage the users’ attention in a feature story. This type of motion— which sometimes is mistaken for video—can be used to produce smaller files with larger, sharper images than are possible using video.

Org/pov/ borders/). Design by Futurefarmers. 14 Flash Journalism So, keeping in mind that more is not always better, and that to be most effective, different kinds of stories require different treatments, here are some questions about interactivity that a journalist or producer might ask in the planning stages of an online story project. Feedback from the Audience • Can users comment on the story? • Can they see/hear/read the reactions of other users? • Can they respond to other users? • Can the subjects of the story add their point of view?

News organizations typically create an online package page for major ongoing stories such as the war in Iraq or a national election. The headlines of the latest text stories usually are linked automatically, thanks to a script in the Web page code that searches for a keyword. This kind of page is constructed dynamically, using information pulled from a database. A one-shot package can be a static page, without using any database technology. “Enrique’s Journey,” a six-chapter story from the Los Angeles Times, follows the quest of a boy from Honduras to find his mother, who left him at age 5 to find work in the United States.

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