Archive for November, 2009

Protected: Picking a Faculty Committee

Posted in Professional Project on November 30, 2009 by Jakob Michael Berr

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Protected: The Letter

Posted in Professional Project on November 17, 2009 by Jakob Michael Berr

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Multimedia Critique

Posted in J7566 on November 3, 2009 by Jakob Michael Berr
For my second multimedia critique, I looked at Living Galapagos, a project that was carried out by the University of North Carolina School of Journalism and Mass Communication. The project aims to “examine the delicate balance between man and nature” of the Galapagos Islands.
Living Galapagos
The project already impresses by its mere scope. More than 30 people – professors, students and freelancers – contributed to it. Consequently, the final result is a presentation that offers an enormous amount of information. Structuring such a load of input is difficult, but I think that the makers of Living Galapagos did a great job in doing so. After a pre-loader and a short intro that describes the project in a nutshell, a map of the Galapagos Islands appears.At the bottom corner of the map are buttons for four different sections: stories, people, places and facts. In each category a number of pushpins appear on the map that represent the single chapters. Mousing over the pushpins opens a small preview window that gives an idea of the chapter behind it, and on click, a new “sheet” opens on top of the map with the presentation on it. In addition to the audio-slideshows, the presentation in the stories section also feature links to related information.
Technically, the project is flawless. An intuitive navigation, great audio and image quality and a simple but compelling design all contribute to the success of the presentation. This is a piece of multimedia journalism that the viewer should approach with a lot of time to enjoy the full extent of this project.