Adopt A Multimedia Journalist- Richard “Koci” Hernandez





In this post, Hernandez links iPad and PDF versions of his reporting field guide to his multimedia journalism blog. This is a good example of multimedia journalism because because he uses text, a visual image, and links various versions of his field guide for the public to download. Hernandez doesn’t limit himself to just one field of multimedia, but swiftly transverses through them all.


In this post, Hernandez reviews a new cellphone application named Hueless. Hueless takes photos in only black and white, and Hernandez explains the different functions offered. He goes through a number of different pictures, showing different examples of similar photos with different sliders turned on. He does a good job mixing text with pictures to ensure his readers are able to grasp the technology with relative ease.


In this post, Hernandez gives his readers a list of the essential items needed for a multimedia journalist. This is very helpful because it not only lists the names of the gear in text, but gives the list a corresponding picture to make sure you know what each item is. Hernandez tested out this gear with some of the students he taught to ensure that each item was needed and essential. This is yet another example of good multimedia journalism by Hernandez.


In this post Hernandez updates his readers on the cellphone and tablet application named Hipstamatic. Hernandez once again moves seamlessly between pictures and text while giving his analysis on new features included in the Hipstamatic. He ends his post with a list of new features and some secret tips that make the application experience even better for multimedia and photo journalists. Hernandez proves once again that he is at the forefront of the multimedia movement.


In this post, Hernandez links a documentary winning short film titled “All Great Achievements Require Time.” The Pilgrim Films documentary follows the life of a young Hindu boy who wakes up before 4 a.m. to deliver papers. After doing this, he does his school work and makes supper. If this doesn’t sound like a busy enough life for you, he follows up making supper with another part time job, this time sorting out electronic equipment. After this he goes to class. When this ends at around 5 p.m. he returns to his job sorting out electronic equipment until around 10 p.m. Finally, the young man is able to get ready for bed and say his prayers before he starts the cycle over again the next day. This post by Hernandez is a way to let most people know that we don’t have it too bad in comparison to a lot of folks in the world.


In this quick post, Hernandez is educating his readers on the definition of a swing state with a visually appealing graphic he designed. By doing this, he is able to easier grab reader’s attention and reel them in with the subject matter in his graphic. He wants readers to know that their voices matter, and that every vote counts. This occurred before last year’s presidential election, and Hernandez stated some of the key issues that ended up deciding the election in favor of the incumbent president, Barack Obama.

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In this post, Hernandez comments on and posts pictures of his experiences with two new multimedia tools; Timeline and Freedive. Hernandez considers Timeline the first satisfactory timeline tool to meet the current needs of the world. Freedive is a tool that changes Google Spreadsheets into databases that can be searched and embedded in websites. He then goes on to discuss some key features offered. This is an example of good multimedia because Hernandez is not only introducing new tools to use, but also using pictures intertwined with text to describe and portray it uses.


In this post, Hernandez posts a video of his favorite methods to stop a hack, which include opening a bottle of wine and turning the record player on. Hernandez goes on to post videos and pictures of new technologies, such as Klynt and CNN Photos. He doesn’t stop there though, as he continues to post some of the new sites he enjoys and a few new storytelling tools. This is a good example of multimedia journalism because he uses videos, text, pictures and screenshots to produce a fluid, moving story.


In this rather long post, Hernandez posts a short film on the tortures of the United States previous healthcare system. He follows this up with a list of 20 interactive website designs and 10 videos on the creative process. Hernandez is not only learning these tools for himself, but he is posting them so other aspiring multimedia journalists can learn them for themselves. His ability to mix and mash different types of media together allow him to create long, flowing posts that don’t cause readers to lose interest, but rather become more interested in the new technology.


In this post, Hernandez compiles a list of videos from creative artists that have inspired him. He links a video on the history of music, a video on a young man finding his natural self through surfing, a video on El Rey, California, and some other videos that are fun to watch while also being visually stimulating. This is an example of good multimedia journalism because Hernandez not only tells stories with his words, but also with videos and pictures.

Richard Hernandez is a great multimedia journalist for many reasons, including the fact that he blogs about multimedia. His work flows so seamlessly together through his use of text, audio, still images, animation, videos and interactivity to create interesting and informative stories. One of my favorite things he did was post a link that allows his readers to download his field guide to multimedia journalism. This allows people who want to learn more about the field to dig in, whether its on their iPads or iPhones.

His post on the essentials items for multimedia journalism was informative and interesting. The fact that he included the items in a list, then posted a picture with corresponding numbers that allows readers to more easily identify them attests to his ability as a multimedia journalist.

His story on Hipstamatic was a great example of multimedia journalism because he interweaved pictures and text to create a comprehensive guide on the applications newest features. His link to the documentary award winning film  “All Great Achievements Require Time” put a lot of things in perspective for me. I have it very easy compared to this young man, and a lot of other people living in this world. This video is a great piece of storytelling without any words.

Hernandez’s post on “swing-states” was an interesting piece of multimedia journalism. He combined text with an interesting photo to make an informative and insightful multimedia journalism design. Instead of it just being a couple boring paragraphs of text, Hernandez’s design brought readers in and didn’t ket them leave until they finished reading it.

Hernandez then later introduced Timeline and Freedive. In doing so, many multimedia journalists found a couple new ways to produce multimedia stories. Hernandez mixed text with photos of this new software in action while describing some of the benefits they have to offer.

Hernandez’s next post was on his favorite way to stop a hack. He posted a video that showed him pouring himself a glass of wine as well as turning on his record player. It was a funny take on a serious problem. He continued on by saying he was relaunching his website with a new design and posted links and videos to new storytelling technologies.

The next post I critiqued was an interesting mixture of text, videos, screen captures, and other forms of media that discussed the United States healthcare situation and website design tools. Once again, Hernandez somehow seamlessly mixes every sort of multimedia tool together to tell an interesting story. Though the topics don’t really relate, Hernandez is still able to mix this information together, resulting in an informative piece.

The final post I critiqued was a series of motivational videos Hernandez posted that inspired him to do his best work. This mixed with text and visually stimulating videos led me to waste a lot of time watching them.

Hernandez is not a great multimedia journalist for no reason. He works hard and is constantly using different forms of multimedia to tell his stories in the most interesting formats. He uses reaction videos, offers explanation through text, and posts great screenshots demonstrating the easiest way to use new technologies.


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