As you plan your multimedia story, you have to decide which tools (video, audio, photos, graphics, etc.) would best tell each part of the story.

Graphics go where cameras can't--into human cells or millions of miles into space. Sometimes graphics can be a story's primary medium, supported by other media.

Here are some general guidelines for graphics:

  • You can make graphics interactive by using several online data visualization tools. This lets readers select a geographic area (such as their neighborhood) and get information about the region.
  • Data visualization tools help you animate the graphic.
  • Graphics can be the centerpiece of a story. For example, crime reporting and international reporting can be presented as graphics supplemented by text blocks.

Taken from Five Steps to Multimedia Storytelling, a self-directed course by Jane Stevens at Poynter NewsU.

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