Two Multimedia Stories

  1. The Refuge, A family’s vision to provide a place for rest and shelter
    1. Read and watch the full feature here:
    2. I found this multimedia piece through Ohio University’s student website, the Soul of Athens.
    3. I thought the subject matter of this piece was extremely interesting and I really enjoyed the story that the journalist portrayed. She wasn’t exposing the family to her audience in a negative light, but instead showed how they loved the way that they lived and that they were happy and could survive beyond the norm. I also really liked her transitions and use of both video and photography, plus the use of detail sound and the individual interviews. I think all around this piece is stronger because of all of the different elements she uses to tell the story. The audience really gets a sense of what the environment is like and who the individuals are. I also really liked how she featured the interview of both the father and the mother right away in the feature without directly introducing them.

<p><a href=”″>The Refuge</a> from <a href=””>Soul of Athens</a> on <a href=””>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

  1. The Boys and the Kids, John and Mary Carter of Blairgowrie, Scotland, fell in love over the shared belief that their dogs were most important. But when their two boys, George and Bob, were born, they had to learn to manage a balancing act between the time spent training and racing their 28 siberian huskies with the time spent raising and nurturing their kids.
    2. I chose this piece as my second multimedia story to share because unlike the first one, this was all still images and all black and white images. I thought it was interesting how the two were different but were still able to tell interesting stories. I thought the imagery was strong and powerful. I also thought the journalist’s use of detail sound for specific photos was very well done, the sound really made the images feel alive – bringing both the animals and their caretakers to life. The pairing of certain quotes from the husband and the wife with certain photos of them interacting with the dogs and their children was very important to the narrative as well. However, the opening still image of the piece, before you hit play, is in color – which makes me wish I could see the whole piece in color from that point. I also thought it was interesting how the photographer chose to use still images and layer sound instead of using video, when the subject matter was about racing dogs – a subject that is fast moving and full of energy.

<p><a href=”″>The Boys and The Kids</a> from <a href=”″>Susannah Kay</a> on <a href=””>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>


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