The multimedia section for the New York Times mainly focuses on photo slideshows.
There are also a few interactive features and an occasional video feature. A link is included on their multimedia page to connect to their podcasts.
The BBC's multimedia section mainly contains video and audio clips. The BBC also has a small photo section, but it seems that they mainly ask readers to contribute to this part.
The multimedia sections seem to illustrate the news stories that reporters write. They add more color and personality to the story and help introduce a "human" angle or experience.
The writing in the New York Times' photo slide shows is short and to the point. Often the reporter used the first sentence to describe the scene and the second to broaden the context of the story.
However, many times the reporter used only one sentence to both describe and broaden the context. Other times the reporter simply described the scene in the photo.
Quotes were rarely, if ever, used and verbs were in the present tense.
The phrases that accompanied the BBC's video and audio content were short snippets that summarized the content that would be covered. They seemed to mimic news headlines.