By Casby Bias
If you’ve lived on Earth for even a small period of time, you should know that there is a big drive toward multimedia, especially videos. Unlike newspapers or magazine articles, the clips provide a format where you don’t have to think too hard to come up with engaging characters and visual imagery: they’re right there in front of you. And The Plain-Dealer definitely served up its own combinations. But if the event wasn’t happening in Cleveland, the audiovisuals came from other website sources.
I’d say thumbs up to the online newspaper for the films in general. From what I’ve noticed, editors placed breaking news coverage stories usually on the front page in the right-side column with the title of “Featured Multimedia.” You’d find pictures as well, but the video was where everything was at. Take for example one article I read about the recent Virginia Rape Case of a 16-year-old girl. The writers did not supply a lot of content, but, then again, they didn’t need to. The videos from an attributed site said everything. I compliment the site for putting the clips up with HD features. You could see the passion of apologizes, the emotion and breaking down of the individuals in court. Whoever made the videos tried to get as close and all up in the victims’ faces as they could. I just wish that TPD uploaded its own videos, but I’m glad the staff took the time to find qualitative clips.
But Cleveland impressed me with its sports page. It was a video gallery, to put it in a few words. Game fanatics don’t have to worry about missing out on any action if they miss a game or speech from athletes or coaches. They could just check out the following link. I’m not really a fan of the hobby. But I gaped at the way Cleveland.com formatted its content. It looked like the site used Final Cut Pro. Names flashed on the left-side corner for a reasonable amount of time. Visual reporters kept it classy by including few amounts of people on the screens at a time. And either the staff committed copyright infringement and placed their own "Cleveland.com" logo on each of the videos, or the site increased in value for its own state's video footage.
I compared the website to Black Enterprise Magazine, one that I usually go to for business-related news. All I can say as a response is a good job. The second online web source may have consisted of fancier graphics, but the first included the basics. The essentials included being able to stop or play the video whenever you wanted to, who the speaker was (at all times), titles that you could see, and the ability to continue on without stopping in its tracks and buffering every ten seconds. I find this beneficial for people who may not be able to hear videos at that moment and are in a rush. Excellent job, Cleveland: but try to get out within the world more for personal videos of events that are outside of your state.