Meograph“Music can play a major role [in storytelling],” says Donald W. Reynolds Fellow Misha Leybovich. “You can tell a story with your voice and visual media, and that’s fine alone, but when you can have music behind it … it just makes it so much more emotional and compelling.”

The ability to upload music soundtracks is the latest enhancement to his multimedia storytelling tool, Meograph. Users can “quickly create multimedia stories by combining video, audio (recorded voice), pictures, text, links and now music,” all in one place, Leybovich says. Newsrooms can piece together various media assets and provide context and background as news stories develop.

Meograph was launched last year. Leybovich continues to develop and evolve the tool as a 2013-2014 Reynolds Fellow at the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute at the Missouri School of Journalism.

Users can upload a music file by clicking on the Soundtrack button in the lower left hand corner of the Meograph creation interface. Once the music is uploaded, the tool will automatically do volume leveling and transitions. For example, if a narration or video clip is playing, the volume of the music will decrease so there’s no clashing of the audio tracks.

View an example of a Meograph with an embedded soundtrack here.

Jennifer Nelson  
Senior Information Specialist


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