Flash journalism

Flash journalism has endless possible advantages. In lab for my fundamentals class, we learned how to make a simple rollover information graphic using flash. This simple graphic allows readers to have an interactive experience as opposed to just reading the news.

It also allows for design freedom. “Basic Design Principles for Non-Designers” outlines four principles to design: alignment, proximity, repetition and contrast. In an online medium, design is especially important because readers can easily click away from your page. Good design will keep viewers on your page longer, and they will benefit from the information posted more readily.

The importance of design was reiterated in lab class while making the information graphic about Missouri caves in lab class last week. Our professor eliminated the background in the rollover graphic. This made the information hard to read, which was entirely counterproductive. Flash is meant to aid journalism, not make it harder.

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