NewsTrack Review 5: 2016 Election Primaries Results

On Tuesday February 23rd, the heading toolbar of NBCNews.com offered an expandable chart tracking candidates’ success in the Nevada Caucus. Screen Shot 2016-02-24 at 12.03.37 AM

This was before the caucus took place, so the projected winners were posted above their competitors in an easy chart that made it easy to understand, even for those not so politically savvy. The chart even had a unique and efficient aspect in the top left corner above the Republican box which would automatically refresh the results every 40 seconds, so that as the caucus commenced, readers would have instant results as they tracked the succession of the debate.

But, this wasn’t the only thing NBCNews.com had to offer. As you scroll down the expandable article, graphs and statistics filled the screen of various information about the voters for each party and each candidate. Their age, race, ethnicity, location, education, were all displayed in easy to read comparable charts between each candidate in their respective parties. As someone very interested in the specifics of the political race, I was pleased with the organization of information.

The article also included a clickable calendar of the coming primaries and which were significant for what candidate and/or party. The entire article provided so much information in such few words, which lead me to conclude that the multimedia aspects of it were executed perfectly. Though it included a series of charts and graphs, they were not difficult to read, compare, or understand. NBCNews.com did a great job making a quick study guide for the current progression and future projection of the 2016 election.

See the rest of the article Here.

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NewsTrack Review 4: Migrants Find Hope in Darkness of Remote Norway Refugee Camp

Even though this article only include one multimedia element, it was grabbing and effective to the impact of the story. This article told 12 different stories of Middle Eastern refugees on their journey to safety as they entered Norway seeking asylum through a gallery of expertly composed photographs and detailed captions. The brief anecdotes complimented the enlarged photographs so well that only those few words were enough to make the story truly engaging. Screen Shot 2016-02-17 at 6.41.31 PM.png

These people were driven from their homes in the Middle East, mostly Syria and Afghanistan, by the barbaric control of their governments. They travels 280 miles from their starting point in search of protection and refuge. AP photographer Alastair Grant captured the asylum-seekers and their new surroundings in Norway beautifully. The pictures alone truly convey the drastic change in environment they are all experiencing. The photographs serve as almost an interactive element to the article by giving taking you into the story from a point-of-view perspective. I liked this element because it reminded me of TIME Magazine’s annual “Pictures of the Year” issue, which is something I look forward to reading each year. Instead, this article used amazing photographs to tell a sotry chronologically.

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Take a look at the gallery HERE.

 

Storehouse Story: Inside the Highest Grossing Starbucks on BU Campus

For my Storehouse App event, I chose to take a look inside the Starbucks Coffee at Questrom School of Management, the highest grossing Starbucks on BU’s campus! You can sense the all-business atmosphere in the all-in-one Starbucks and study lounge room. I even caught the massive line starting to form, and grabbed myself a coffee on the way out!

You can check out my Storehouse story here!

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Story Preview: Characters of the New Hampshire Primary

This past Tuesday I traveled up to New Hampshire to investigate the not-so-publicized aspects of the Presidential Primary. My first destination was the Red Arrow Diner, a local eatery that’s a hot spot for presidential candidates to stop by on their way across New Hampshire. The diner gives the chance for candidates of both sides to channel their personaIMG_0013.JPGble facades and sit down with the locals to chat about their policies in a casual setting, before voters head to polling stations to cast their votes.

Beyond the initial character of the building itself, with its bright blue banner reading “Bacon, eggs and politics,” I found that some of the most interesting characters were those outside of the diner, waiting for candidates to show up or simply showing their support at a location where they knew many would stop to listen (or look) at what they had to say.

The first person I had the pleasure of talking to was Clay Mitchell, a singer/songwriter from Oklahoma that was not shy to admit that he is a big supporter of Bernie Sanders. Beyond a great interview, I was also able to enjoy one of his original songs, “Make It Rain”, which is full of clever lyrics about American politicians through the opinion of Mr. Mitchell.

But, my fun didn’t end there. A bit further down the street I found Mark Buckley, 60, artist and outspoken Sanders supporter from Florida that drove all the way up to Manchester, NH for the primary. He and his trusty companionIMG_0063.JPG and “security guard” Clucky the chicken travel all over in the name of political activism in his hand-crafted Bernie Sanders school bus (left). I was lucky enough to get a tour of the bus while he told me about his political views and past travels. Buckley plans to take himself and his feathery friend down to South Carolina for the next primary and then out west to Nevada! Needless to say, I’m sure these two were satisfied with the primary results after coming from such great lengths to show their support for Bernie.