Month: October 2014

task two ~ thoughts and ideas about assignment 3.

I am still not completely sure if i will end up choosing this idea for the final assignment as i think it may come across a bit too cliche`, but nonetheless here are my thoughts and ideas…

For the final assignment I am planning on exploring the change in everyday life from someone who has lost someone in his or her immediate family.

I am planning on interviewing three people of various ages, who had lost either a mother or father and how they had to adapt to a new life.

I wish to explore what the first steps in this process are, aswell as many other stages along the way.

I hope to primarily explore how things changed overtime and how it made the subject feel when a new member was brought into the family – ie, father re-marrying.

What went on behind the scenes, was it as easy as it appeared? Was it difficult? did it cause a family breakdown? did it strengthen the family again?

I hope to use original photographs of the homes from all three characters, aswell as ambient sound that will reflect what is being said in the interview. For example – anger: things smashing, maybe pots and pans, doors slamming. Television sounds, sounds of cooking and/or running water to grasp the true essence of home life.


Task One ~ Reviewing Interactive Journalism projects.

My favourite piece of interactive convergent journalism would have to be Highrise produced by Canada’s National Film board (NFB). This piece digs deep into 2,500 years of history of this building, as well as a number of individuals who lived in the building.

The piece of journalism gives you different options as to what you want to learn about, a brief background to most new ideas, maps and the option to go at your own pace. It includes games, images, videos and text to tell the story, and provides many links to further reading and more information if the reader choses. I think overall this level of interactivity allows for a more personalised experience, and enhances the reader’s knowledge without becoming bored or drained.

The project does not however work as well on mobile as it does on a laptop. On a smart phone, it still works fine but does not have the same effect: It’s slower, and abit too bit small to completely utilise all its features and take advantage of the interactivity.

The project also allows you to visit their blog, as well as giving you the option to share it on social media.

My least favourite would have to be shark and minnow, due to the main fact that is was not as easy on the eye as Highrise is. I didn’t particularly like that you had to keep scrolling and scrolling for what seemed like forever; however the use of pictures and videos was a nice touch. There also wasn’t many different links you could click on or much further reading; only what was shown there and then on the screen.