The online versions of the Star Tribune and the New York Times provide multiple venues to view, read and interact with news.
Under the multimedia heading, visitors can view videos, slideshows, news graphics, photo galleries, other peoples videos and photos and are able to find audio and podcasts, all of which are frequently integrated into standard articles. Much of the multimedia has headlines or short sentences of news and then visuals to bring the story to life.
Many of the stories on the Star Tribune web version are complimented with a video, allow visitors to post comments on the story, read other comments, e-mail the story or share on Facebook, Digg or del.icio.us.
A story by Phil Miller of the Star Tribune on the recent dismissal of Tim Brewster has a poll on the right side trying to get readers' opinions on who should be the next Gophers head coach.
The story has links to blogs on the subject, over 500 comments and has a video below the headline. On either side of the article, there are links to other stories and the readers can sort stories by most viewed, most e-mailed or most popular to further customize their news experience.
The New York Times offers similar forms of multimedia such as photos, slideshows, video, podcasts, interactive features and graphics, and audio.
Often the multimedia has links to news articles or is posted next to stories to create an interactive news experience for the reader while offering multiple ways to consume and interact with news stories. The writing that goes along with the multimedia often tells what the multimedia is showing, such as a picture caption.
The news provided is often concise and condensed to provide a primarily visual experience, especially with the photos and slideshows. The interactive features frequently combine video and audio, such as one about the Broadway musical "Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson" where a visitor can click on photos and get audio clips with more information. A lot of times the multimedia has a link to a related article to provide more background information.
Overall The New York Times has a larger variety of multimedia and provides many opportunities to interact with the media being consumed.