Month: March 2017

Alternative Storytelling with Sports

ESPN’s flagship site and program “SportsCenter” typically posts more “alternative” storytelling, through the use of Vine, YouTube clips, and podcasts.

One popular form of multimedia reporting on ESPN is the interactive listicle, which they have used for things like season previews and features about college mascots.

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One recent example is their coverage about the Cubs preseason, and the site’s predictions about the future of the 2016 World Series-winning team. ESPN staff uses a variety of graphs to display strikeout rates and even comparisons between this year’s Cubs team and the 1999 Yankees’ team.

Other articles have used animation, gifs , and short clips to add to the visual content of the story, such as this article about the Boston Red Sox’ outfielders and their post-win dances.

Alternative storytelling provides unique ways of presenting and consuming data that otherwise would be too cut-and-dry to publish in simple charts, as well as a way to consolidate different potential angles for an op-ed into one single editorial. Alternative storytelling can also be used in these same ways for hard-news or single-perspective articles, but ESPN maximizes on its effectiveness in feature stories and listicles like the one presented here.

 

 

 

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Weekend Update

This weekend, two of my friends from home drove up and visited for St. Patrick’s Day, so myself and another mutual friend of ours (also a BU student) took them around the city to some of our favorite places, namely Faneuil Hall, Mike’s Pastry, and the Harborfront. I captured some short videos and compiled them here as a keepsake of their trip.

Spring Break

This spring break, I went back home (to New Jersey, how exotic) and decided to try my hand at making some of the recipes I had found on Pinterest during the semester.

I also started up an Instagram account for my parents’ puppy! His name is Bailey and he’s a terrier/beagle mix.

Looking back: Boston’s record Feb temps

Record temperatures in Boston on Feb. 23-25 saw students at Boston University taking advantage of the unseasonable chance to spend time outdoors. Students in shorts and t-shirts passed early flower and tree buds and piles of melting snow.

More information about the temps (which surpassed the record for daily highs set in 1985) can be found over at WBUR.