10.18.2012

Washington Post multimedia story example

I really enjoyed this article by Rick Maese and supplementary video by AJ Chavar of the Washington Post about University of Maryland "super fan" Joel Ryerson.

Ryerson, 51, has been attending Maryland football practices and games for 30 years. He is one of the few non-team members to have been allowed into practices and his loyalty extends beyond football. I have spotted him at numerous (now that I think about it, probably all) home volleyball matches. I always thought he was a relative of one of the players.

The article itself is well-written and has a lot of quotes from those who know Ryerson, including his mother. Some of the quotes are from interviews in the video, but not all of them (just let we talked about in class.)

The video is well done too. I thought Chavar used interesting angles in his interviews and filmed a lot of great sequences for his b-roll. I take it that Ryerson is a very low-key person and perhaps he did not want to be on film, but would have liked it if there was a brief interview with him in the video. After all, he is quoted in the article (albeit sparingly.)

What makes this a well-done multimedia example is that the video, while having some overlap with the article, stands on its own and gives the story extra depth.

4 comments:

Allison said...
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Jason Ruiter said...

Interesting report. It is unfortunate that Joel Ryerson and his own perspective wasn't more central to the piece. Definitely an introvert, and an eccentric at that. Not an article I would have picked to read but when I started reading i couldn't stop until I was done.

Jason Ruiter said...

We used to have the "coin lady" in High School. She would show up about 45 minutes after school when all the cars left and literally look for spare change... Rumor had it she used to be a counselor at the school..but that's one of the more tame rumors.

Jason Ruiter said...

We used to have the "coin lady" in High School. She would show up about 45 minutes after school when all the cars left and literally look for spare change... Rumor had it she used to be a counselor at the school..but that's one of the more tame rumors.