Multimedia

This semester, I took on a challenge that I had been avoiding for years: I enrolled in a class where learning more about computers and software was not only expected, it was required. I don’t think I’ll ever be the world’s foremost expert on producing interactive graphics. But, as a journalist in the digital age, I think it’s important to understand what goes into making those pieces — the time, the planning process, the components — so I can have informed conversations with those people who are tasked with making them.

Below is my multimedia work from this semester, categorized by the program in which each piece was made. To access the graphics, click on the pictures I’ve included on this page. Where applicable, I’ve also included links to the webpage where the piece was originally published, as I often made content to complement an article written by a print reporter in my beat group.

Fireworks

My first graphic was a simple piece that I made to tell my classmates a little bit more about myself. It incorporates links that change color after being clicked upon.

For my second piece, I analyzed data about formal sorority recruitment at the University of Kansas. I thought that the numbers made for an interesting look at a process and an organization that are largely ignored by campus media, despite the strong greek presence at the University. For this graphic, I incorporated some rollover components.

I made this simple map with rollover components to accompany an article that a print reporter wrote about domestic violence awareness week on campus. One event centered on a speech about domestic violence against indigenous women in the United States. I read through the report on which the speech was based and pulled out some interesting data on the parts of the country that it focused on. To read the article, click here.

Flash Catalyst

The print reporter in my beat group wrote a really interesting story about the produce that’s available to be picked on our campus. This story was a natural fit for another map, but I wanted to explore a program other than Fireworks, since the graphics it produces aren’t terribly compatible with my newspaper’s website. I used rollovers again in this piece, incorporating information and photos that the reporter took while she was on a tour with a campus facilities and maintenance worker. To read the article, click here.

Hype

I’ve heard quite a bit about HTML5 and the important role it’s going to play in the future of creating online content, so I explored a new, HTML5-based program called Hype near the end of the semester. I found Hype relatively simple to use, and I’m looking forward to seeing what else I can do with it. For my first Hype-based project, I kept it simple and made a click-through timeline about the history of H&M, a Swedish-based fashion chain that recently opened  a store in Kansas City, Mo. (To read the article, click here.) I like the compactness of this type of timeline and find it more user-friendly — especially on mobile devices — than traditional timelines.

GarageBand

I really like the idea of audio slideshows as an alternative to video, and I wanted to try my hand at one during the semester. I went to a soccer watch party hosted by the Hispanic-American Leadership Organization as a part of Hispanic Heritage Month. I interviewed the attendees about what soccer means to them culturally and then cut and spliced the interviews together in GarageBand. Later, I uploaded some pictures a staff photographer took to my newspaper’s website and then married the pictures and the audio in a flash slideshow. The slideshow was paired with an article that a print reporter wrote about another soccer-related event during Hispanic Heritage Month.

iMovie

The Memorial Campanile at the University of Kansas houses a carillon — an instrument consisting of 53 large, cast bronze bells that are played much like a piano. Although the carillon mainly serves to mark the hours, professors and students also play weekly concerts on the bells. I got to go behind the scenes with Professor Elizabeth Berghout to learn more about her history with carillon playing and about the instrument itself.

Final Cut Pro

This video was my contribution to a class-wide project all of the advanced media students participated in: documenting a day in the life of the University of Kansas and the city of Lawrence, Kan. You can see the rest of the project here. 

I was in a group that focused on documenting campus life. I decided to capture students during what, for many of them, marks the beginning of their campus life: high school senior visits.

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