What is multimedia journalism? That’s the question I planned to ask my class (WRI 430) to begin the semester. To have a “multimedia” discussion, I wanted them to be able to interact directly on screen. I needed something that would run in a Web browser because campus IT policy doesn’t allow us to install software in the lab.
I did some initial searching for free online mind-mapping tools, but didn’t have time to dig through all the options. I needed to bounce it off someone, so I asked for help on Twitter:
Recommendations for free web-based brainstorm/mindmapping service supporting multiple users simultaneously?
(Tweet embedded using Blackbird Pie.)
I got a response from a contact I met at a Twitter meetup in Tijuana: @darleneluquin. He recommended MindMeister. We hopped on Gmail chat to coordinate a quick test to see how the real-time collaboration played out on screen. Sure enough, it worked like a charm, identifying each update by author as it was happening. (Thanks again, Jose!)
What is Multimedia Journalism?
In class, we broke down “multimedia journalism” into two parts, starting with a discussion of journalism. As students mentioned an element out loud, I asked them to add a node to our collaborative mind map. You can see how the map developed in this video:
(Video captured using Screenflick.)
In their own words:
- A fresh piece of information
- A way of organizing information for the public
- Relevant to people’s daily lives
- Human interest
Output through media:
- Social networking