3 ways to use graphics in your storytelling

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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    Vicki Krueger

    Vicki Krueger has worked with The Poynter Institute for more than 20 years in roles from editor to director of interactive learning and her current position as marketing communications manager.


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