Multimedia journalism is media and content that uses a combination of different content forms. The term has been used to describe media as having multiple content forms. The term is used to compare and contrast media which uses only text, or traditional forms of printed or hand produced material. Multimedia journalism includes a combination of texts, still images, audio, animation, video or interactivity content forms. Multimedia is usually recorded and played, displayed or accessed by information content processing devices, such as computerized and electronic devices, but can also be part of a live performance. Multimedia journalism also describes electronic devices used to store and experience multimedia content.
Multimedia journalism can be divided into linear and non-linear categories. Linear journalism content progresses without any navigational control for the viewer such as a cinema presentation where as non-linear content offers user interactivity to control progress. Hypermedia is a great example of non-linear content. Multimedia presentations can be live or recorded. A live multimedia presentation may allow interactivity via an interaction with the presenter or performer. Multimedia journalism stories are non-redundant, or complementary to the content.
Multimedia stories allow journalist to create unique and intriguing presentations so viewers can navigate their interests through content. For instance. A multimedia story covering the world cup 2014 might have a cover page displaying a picture of spain (the previous world cup champions) in the center. Then above or below tha picture the various other countries that will be involved in the competition. The viewer will have a opportunitie to click on which ever team they want, in a non linear fashion and view videos, pictures and other comments about that specific team. Multimedia journalism is not meant to tell a specific story, a multimedia story is created so that a curious viewer can navigate his or her way through a story at their own pace with their own interests and expectations being met. Multimedia Journalism is a unique way to tell a story so that everyone who views it can find something personally compelling about your content.