On The New York Times homepage, there are various multimedia outlets featured, including a slide show at the top covering the gold medal hockey game.
This slide show featured one sentence captions that described the accompanying picture. The writing was not very in depth, adding a little bit of background information on each photo. The focus of this form of multimedia was the access to the pictures covering the event.
The homepage also featured other news stories, most of which were followed by a camera or video icon, indicating the form of multimedia that came with the story.
The ESPN homepage did not have as many news stories, but it did have multiple multimedia options available.
The page featured a video in the center of the screen when the page was opened about the Olympic hockey game, and icons indicating video on the right side of the screen which listed various sports stories.
The writing for ESPN was much more extensive, as the videos were accompanied by a full length story beneath it. The writing of the story however didn't reveal much information that wasn't in the video.
The characteristics of the writing on the ESPN site was more redundant than the New York times page, which featured only necessary writing with their multimedia. This approach did a better job of featuring the multimedia, although it is clear that both news organizations made a concerted effort at incorporating video and pictures in their coverage.