Blog Post 1: NPR Planet Money Makes a T-shirt

I decided to cover a multimedia piece by NPR. It is an extremely complex piece that utilizes all different kinds of media to tell the story of what goes behind the making of a T-shirt. It starts with a home page that has a picture and a video that is basically an introduction to the story and all 5 sections.

Once the video is done it automatically takes you to the next section. Each of these sections has a picture with motion and a video at the top. When finished the page scrolls down for the user leading to more content. This makes the multimedia piece very easy to navigate. There are also buttons on the bottom right and left of the screen.

These buttons give the user the ability to move throughout the piece how the desire. Whether they want to skip to a certain section or go back.

I think one of the best parts about this piece is that even though the text and graphics compliment the videos very well, they also can stand alone. I think that is great because if the user doesn’t want to watch the video, they are not necessarily missing out on anything and are still able to learn valuable information.

As I said before, the site uses all different kinds of media: photos, video, several different styled graphics and tables and text. I think that is what makes it so strong. The variety of pieces that are used to assist each other yet at the same time can stand alone. You can tell a lot of work went into all of this. There is actually a section of the piece that explains the process of creating it.

Overall, I think this was a very well done multimedia piece of journalism.  It’s clean, simple and easy to navigate with high quality pieces. I think the only possible negative is that there is so much information it can be a little overwhelming.


One thought on “Blog Post 1: NPR Planet Money Makes a T-shirt

  1. This multimedia piece really is one of the best I’ve seen. It is a great combination of video, still and dynamic photos, infographics, and of course the most important, fantastic ideas and design.

    I agree with your comment about the text part of the story. It is extra information available for readers to get a better understanding of the industry’s landscape or to obtain some further knowledge. And I am extremely glad to see that the texts are all short and sweet. (I am always daunted by endless long texts.)

    The site is not only easy to navigate, but also was designed to be very interactive. The fact that the pictures on the top of each sections seem to be slowly varying dynamic pictures attracted me to stay longer on the page.

    The site does have so much information but it in some ways condenses those information and makes it not too overloaded, by adding some hyper links and variety of graphics. The only possible improvement I can think of is to add a small floating window of the video so that I can watch the video and read the text at the same time when I scroll down.

    Overall, this site is a good example for us to learn from. This may be irrelevant to the aim the critique assignment, but I first got to know this project from a report “Sensors and Journalism” and I was so overwhelmed by its effective use of drone. This kind of extensive and creative reporting with a healthy budget may lead the future of journalism.


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