An Optimistic Plunge Into Multimedia Reporting

Howry, Joe
December 2006
Nieman Reports;Winter2006, Vol. 60 Issue 4, p72
The article deals with the multimedia coverage of a controversial issue in Ventura County, California. The issue involved a massive letter-writing campaign that opposed the Fourth of July fireworks in the town. The fireworks were planned to be held next to an animal shelter. Hence, columnist Colleen Cason saw an opportunity to break away from the standard coverage. She wrote her column for the newspaper and created a multimedia story using Flash technology that used audio and video so that readers can see the structure of the shelter before, during and after the fireworks show.


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