Creative ways to use media in your articles

Using images & Photographs: The Nepalese Experience
When you are using images, always link to the site where you got them! They are sources for your article. Also, see the presentations resource page on the Cool Tools for School wiki for ways to think about embedding slideshows (with or without a narrated voice track). think about the cool embeddable tools that allow you to do slideshows. See Shreeya’s article to see how photographs can add flavor to your piece.

Infographics are a great option to consider for your paper. Simply, an infographic is a kind of poster that displays information in a pleasing and persuasive manner. Look at this board for some cool info graphics. There are many free tools that can help you create great looking infographics that you can embed in your article. 10 Awesome Tools to Make Infographics and 17 Resources to Help You Create Killer Infographics are good places to start!

Timelines and other presentation tools: Take a hit of this
In this article, Adam used a Dipity Timeline to explain to the reader what happens in a typical week for someone who’s involved in a fantasy football league. The embeddable timeline helps Adam to tell his story in an interesting way … and makes the reading experience more interactive for the reader. Consider using some of the many embeddable presentation tools available (such as prezi) to tell a part of your story in a fresh, interactive way.

Excerpted YouTube Clip Using TubeChop: Take a Hit of This
Consider using YouTube videos and clips from other video sharing sites to create a video “block quote.” Like Adam, consider using TubeChop to find the exact “quote” you need, without having to download and edit the YouTube video.

Mashup quotations: A Sudden Impact
A mashup can be interpreted in a couple of different ways, but for our purposes, it is when you put two or more sources together to make a claim or explain a point you are making. Look at the third clip in Connor’s article, “A Sudden Impact.” Here, he deftly wove an audio interview with a JMU physician with multiple video clips of athletes falling badly during major sporting events. This kind of media production requires a video editing application such as iMovie.

A “trailer” for your article: The Phenomenon of Cupcake Bakeries
In this article, Sarah created a kind of mashup that functioned as the introdoction to her wonderful article on cupcake bakeries. A mashup of sorts, the opening clip (created in iMovie) functions like a movie trailer for the article that follows … an effect that could be accomplished in a variety of ways using presentation software, glogster interactive posters … or even a simple video recording of you talking to the camera …

Single Interviews: A Dancing Duke
An early draft of Allie’s interview of a “dancing Duke” was one long video clip — nearly 10 minutes long. During the editing process, we found that the interview would sustain the typical viewer’s interest for that long. We decided to break it up into separate parts, and to “thread” those parts together using narrative writing techniques. Each video has more than just a “talking head” — can you isolate the different media elements in the clips? How do they enhance the quality of the interview?

Multiple Interviews: Writing of the Future
Campus is full of smart, inquisitive and friendly people. Why not interview many people to find out their perspectives on your chosen topic? In this piece, Emil interviewed everyone in the class that made The Revolution and organized short video clips by topic. Rapid edits between interviewees gives this piece energy. Can you imagine how challenging it would be to represent all these voices in text-only paragraphs?

Hopefully, these examples will inspire you as you build your magazine articles. Look at the great resources on Cool Tools for School to find new ways of expressing yourself with easy-to-use technologies.