Multimedia Narrative Mockup

Your Multimedia Narrative



Banana and Gorilla Read a Journal in Leyburn Library | photo credit Elizabeth Anne Teaff

For your multimedia narrative, the final project, select a topic or issue we have discussed in class or in the readings and tell a story with spoken or written text and at least two of the following elements:

  • moving or still pictures,
  • graphics, or
  • interactive data.

This project will require a written script and some HTML skills. The resulting product will live on your website as a separate page. The audience for your story is other Washington and Lee students. This project will be benchmarked throughout the term with individual student/faculty conferences and peer review. University Library’s camcorders, Video Editing Suite (M39), and the DH Space in Leyburn will be available for student use.

Still not sure what you’re doing? Take a look at some examples. Many of these examples are incredibly elaborate; your multimedia narratives will be much smaller scale. Use these as inspiration for your ideas. You could incorporate one or two elements you see here into your own narrative. The main goal is to offer an experience for your audience, not just some text to read.

W&L at a Crossroads

Beyond Bow Ties: Washington and Lee University’s Co-Education Decision

The Ancient Graffiti Project

ReBuilding Haiti

The Handmaid’s Tale by TXT University

After the Storm

Digital Deadly Sins

New York City Walks

The 13 High Paying Jobs You Don’t Want to Have (This one even uses WordPress!)

Narrative Content and/or Research

After introducing your narrative, get to the actual meat of your story. Do you have any results to share? How did you go about your research? What did your research tell you?

Remember to use different multimedia elements to tell this story, and that written text does not repeat what is told through multimedia elements. Here are some useful tools:

Here are some examples of how to tell your story using text and multimedia elements

Perhaps a simple graph will tell a great story (Visualizer Lite)
A timeline from TimelineJS
Add a StoryMapJS
Add Audio from you Media Library
Add a quiz with OpinionStage
Create a fake post with PrankMeNot

Fake iPhone Text Generator iOS


The conclusion of your narrative should give your audience a sense of closure. What have you learned from your research? Do you have recommendations? What new questions have you uncovered?

Works Cited

Being Digital: Nicholas Negroponte: 9780679762904: Amazon.Com: Books. Accessed 26 Oct. 2018.
Bai, Stephany. “Why the First Amendment Doesn’t Really Apply to Social Media.” Teen Vogue, Accessed 24 Jan. 2018.
Cassuto, Leonard. “The Job-Market Moment of Digital Humanities.” The Chronicle of Higher Education, Apr. 2017,
Blumenstyk, Goldie. “Why ‘Media Literacy’ Doesn’t Stand a Chance.” The Chronicle of Higher Education, Mar. 2018,