When I did my search for one story from a traditional media format and then found the same story in a multimedia format, I was a bit disappointed. The story was interesting, but the multimedia package to accompany it seemed almost lazy.
Not that I expect that it is always this way, of course. But for this experience, it was a let down. The story is about older recruits and the challenges they present to the army “and vice versa.” I found the story very interesting in both traditional and new media, but the new media didn’t seem as impressive as it could have been.
What bothered me was that it had been classified by the New York Times as the multimedia piece, but it was only a slide show with short captions and excerpts from the original story in random order. Granted, it still told a pretty good story visually, but I was really hoping to see some video interview, video anything and some comments or something.
The way the slide show section is set up is pretty fitting for multimedia though, considering that there is a drop down menu with options of other multimedia stories to view. But I guess overall I was just hoping for a little bit more with this story. But multimedia takes many different forms and can be done in so many ways that I guess we’re not always going to get what we want out of it. Just the nature of the beast.