NY Times’ “One in 8 Million”

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Remember when I did my blog post about Sue Bryan’s photography? It was kind of a critique about what I liked and what I thought needed improvement. This is how this blog post is going to be, however it’s going to be about a multimedia project.

Last week, Jason (another student in my class) chose to do a multimedia project done by CNN about the Boston marathon bombings. That, in a way, sparked my interested to see what other projects have been done by national news sources. The first one that popped into my head was the New York Times. I simply Googled “NY Times multimedia” and I came up with their project entitled One in 8 Million. Just looking at the title and the basis of what the project is about it seems to relate to the project that we’re doing for our final (Elderly in Columbia). The one thing you can see, even if you don’t read anything on the project page, is that reports have singled out people and done little multimedia projects on each of them (I’d have to read more about it but I think it’s how the people identify themselves).

When you first arrive at the page you hear a bunch of hustle and bustle and then their gallery takes you from the last submitted project to the title. This kind of makes me sick (literally). I understand that they may be trying to play up the Manhattan experience but it’s kind of distracting and I wish they would have just done the background noise and started on the title page. You get the experience again when you click “browse collection.” For some reason they take you all the way back to the end, back to the last submitted project, and that doesn’t make a lot of sense to me. Personally, I would prefer to start with the oldest and work up to the newest work.

One thing I do like is, if you scroll down a little bit on the page, there’s a little scroll bar type thing where you can see which project you’re at. As you’re scrolling to the right (because I’m avoiding that “browse collection” button) and actually click on the different projects you can hear a little tid bit of the interview. I also like how when you click the actual video it makes it the size of the screen. One thing I don’t like is how they give the description afterwards (I would have put it in a caption below the video or something).

After you finish one video (which is really an audio slideshow) and the description comes up, I like how it can send you to the next video. If you click out of that you have to scroll down the page a little bit and click a button to go back to the entire collection. The good news, if you choose to do that is that it starts you off on the video you just watched….as opposed to making you go back through the entire gallery and make you find the next video.

I’m a little disappointed that the series didn’t continue (it was only a two month project in December of 2009 and January of 2010) because this seems like a really cool idea: it’s a nice break from all the depressing news.


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