Understanding the Definition of multimedia Journalism
Multimedia is a type of communication that combines various content types like text, graphics, images, animation, or sound with a single message, compared to traditional mass communication, like newspaper text or radio waves. The term multimedia therefore refers to any type of multimedia information delivery system. Multimedia can refer to any form of computer animation, including movies, documentaries, interactive books, or television shows. Basically multimedia means any form that brings together information and interactivity.
In order to define multimedia, we need to take a closer look at the concept itself. Multimedia has actually come a long way from its inception. Multimedia systems have been around since the 1960s, when the term “mime” (a Japanese term) was first used to define the art of performing short verbal exchanges). These early systems were rudimentary, consisting of only text messaging, and therefore had very little interactivity. However, the advancement of technology over the years has allowed for more interactivity than ever before, and now multimedia systems are found in almost every type of electronic device.
How do we define multimedia in computer terms? Well, let’s start with CD-ROMs. A CD-ROM is a portable data drive, much like a Compact Disc, which contains both music and images for the purpose of playing them on a personal computer. CD-ROMs can store a lot of data, making them ideal for storing large volumes of data.
CDs do not represent multimedia in computer terms, however. If we look at how they work, we see that multimedia on the surface requires two main components: a disc and an operating system. A computer-based CD rom is used to store the audio and video; the system on the computer uses a set of instructions which allow the user to control the displayed image using the keyboard and mouse. In a multimedia application, this is called an interaction.
To define multimedia in personal computer terms, we would need two more components: the media player and the multimedia authoring software. The media player controls the playback of the audio and video on the CD-ROM, while the authoring program controls the way the multimedia information on the disc is presented. When a multimedia application is started up, it will take advantage of the various available multimedia features available on the computer. These multimedia features may include video, animation, sound, text, and so on. After the multimedia features have been properly loaded into the system, they will be controlled using the appropriate software. A multimedia title (the file name given to indicate which feature is to be used for that file), a movie to play, and various other pieces of information will be needed for the multimedia system to function.
In order to define multimedia in personal computer terms, there are still other important components that need to be understood. The best way to define multimedia is to define multimedia computer applications. These software titles are the ones that actually do the multimedia delivery on the computer. They may be packaged as freeware or shareware applications, or may be sold as full-featured commercial applications. The major multimedia computer applications include Winamp, QuickTime Player, RealPlayer, FileZilla, Gutenburg, Media Monkey, Live Messenger, Mozilla Firefox, and so on.
In personal computer terms, the elements used in multimedia delivery are video, audio, animation, photographs, picture gallery, and so on. A multimedia application can contain any number of these elements. For example, a movie that was created with the help of a digital camera can be used as a multimedia application even if the camera was used only for video recording. Thus, we find the term multimedia used in personal computers, as well as in multimedia systems, both for computer and multimedia education. The concept of multimedia has become more common, especially with the increasing use of desktop computers.
Today, multimedia features in the news content more than ever. We find news published online, on television, and in magazines being distributed through the Internet. The rapid spread of multimedia technology has made multimedia journalism much more prevalent than it was decades ago. We would not find it difficult to define multimedia journalism in personal computers, unless one wants to go even further to define this type of journalism.