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Jeff Branscome writes about Spotsylvania County.

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Multimedia Journalism

Did you all catch the short multimedia production on Grand Brooks Road today? If you haven’t noticed, I’ve been trying to do these projects more and more to provide an additional way for readers, and now viewers, to better understand a story or a problem.

I also filmed Phil Stack about his flagpole and the HOAs rules. folks often edit the pieces after I return from the field, and they turn it into the production you see on the Web. I thought today’s piece came out great.

This is the direction a lot of large newspapers are heading toward. Multimedia journalists are becoming valuable in the industry, and the Web folks have been ahead of the curve. They have recorded hundreds of videos. But only recently have journalists here been picking up the camera. I’m a big proponent of this. Are you?

I think it adds to your experience. It adds to mine, too. I find it fun to record a story on paper and on digital cameras.

I hope you enjoy today’s piece and the many more I plan to do in the future. I’d like to know what you think about this multimedia stuff.




  • cod

    Not that I’m complaining, but a link to the multimedia piece from the blog post would be helpful! And I agree that this is the future, and not just in professional journalism. Instead of sending grandma pictures of the kids, I find myself creating multimedia pieces incorporating pictures and video to send instead.

  • johnfgustafson

    Good job, Dan, with your multi-media approach. You not only reveal the main points, but you also encourage greater understanding. My local newpaper just keeps getting better and better.