I love being a multimedia journalist. I love creating multimedia. And I love finding and sharing good multimedia. Ever since I took an introduction to multimedia class my sophomore year, I’ve been more attuned to finding good multimedia — ranging from the New York Times to student publications. And ok, I’ll admit. I am a major NYT fangirl. You know how 14 year-olds obsessed over One Direction when they first competed on the X-Factor? Yeah, that’s how I am with the Times. The New York Times is one of the best in the business when it comes to multimedia. They have a relatively large staff and the time, money and resources to sink into new projects. The NYT does video content better than some video stations.
Everyone’s heard of “Snowfall,” and rightly so. It’s an amazing piece of journalism. But the Times does a lot more amazing pieces, and sometimes, the lesser-known pieces are the best.
One of my favorites is “The Russia Left Behind.” I think the reason I like this piece so much is the gorgeous integration of text, photos, video and graphics. Graphics can be tough to integrate into a multimedia piece if you don’t know what you’re doing. Luckily, the NYT has an amazing graphics staff. The parallax scrolling style works really well for this piece. Additionally, one of my favorite parts of the story is the road map on the side of the story. As the viewer scrolls through the story, the map is responsive and allows the reader to jump between cities and view parts of the story at will.
Another component of this story I really like is that it focuses on a different person or family in each city. The various subjects show the various problems and issues facing the Russian people. While this might be confusing in another story, it works well for this piece. Even though there are a lot of components, it ties together well.
I’ve always been interested in foreign relations and politics, so the subject matter is really interesting to me. But even if this wasn’t one of my favorite topics, I’d still be interested because of the presentation. The New York Times has a way of taking even the most niche subjects and making it accessible and interesting to a larger population. It’s definitely worth a read.