Examples of interactive journalism – Week 10

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This week’s example comes from National Public Radio (NPR), which produces a lot of wonderful online features. Lost and Found is the story of a photographer who used color film in the 1930s. When you see the large PLAY button (under the heading “The Year Is 1938”), click that and watch. This is another case where the interaction is not between the feature and the user, but rather between the audio and the images. You can see the jQuery code starting in line 45 of the source.

Screenshot from Lost and Found

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10 thoughts on “Examples of interactive journalism – Week 10

  1. http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/interactive/2012/may/08/gay-rights-united-states#13630227275611&get_params=true

    Gay rights in the US, state by state.

    This is almost identical to the “Gun laws in the US, state by state” article that you posted in the beginning of the semester. This must have been successful for the Guardian. All you have to do is place your cursor over a state and it gives you all of the information you need to know! Super easy and very interactive at the same time. Effortless to receive information with this type of display.

  2. I really enjoyed the “Lost and Found” piece! The story was interesting and the interactivity held my interest.

    My example for the Week:
    “The 115 Cardinals Who Will Choose the Next Pope”

    This is a very timely interactive piece that has the image of each of the 115 cardinals and identifiers that viewers can click on (such as age, the continent they are from, etc.). When an identifier has been clicked the images move to where their classifications. This visual really helps readers place the ages of the cardinals of who is able to vote, where they are from – since that makes a difference, and who appointed them so readers can see how agendas might affect the way they vote or might guide the Church if elected. I really like this graphic!

  3. Kristen Morrell says:

    My example for the week:

    Twitter employees mapped: how are they connected?

    This graphic is extremely interactive and complex. It shows the relationships of people working for twitter and how they interconnect with one another. If you hover over the node, you can see the name of the employee, his/her twitter name and position. If you click on the person, you can see a very detailed web of his/her friends on twitter. I think this graphic is really neat because it reports information in a visually appealing way that makes sense for the information. When we think of a network, we often think of a web much like this interactive form of journalism.

  4. Caitlyn Finnegan says:

    I really liked the “Lost and Found” piece too! Beautifully done.


    “How a pope is elected” Interactive from USA TODAY.

    I thought this was a great way to break down the voting process for the audience and is very interactive. I like how you can click around and get information about the different stages of the voting process.

  5. Jessica – Nice example. You were smart to point out the resemblance between this graphic and The Guardian’s earlier gun laws graphic. Did you notice the significance of the color palette? The rainbow is a common symbol for gay rights.

  6. Caitlyn – Good example. You should view source — the JavaScript here is extremely simple. All of you in our class can create this kind of slideshow right now!

  7. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/religion/the-pope/9932080/Interactive-graphic-the-story-of-every-Pope-in-history-from-Saint-Peter-to-Pope-Francis.html

    “The story of every pope in history, from Saint Peter to Pope Francis”

    This fun graphic shows every pope in history. You can choose to list the popes by chronological order, pontificate or by alphabetical order. You can also pick to see them in either ascending or descending order. You can click on each pope’s profile to find their personal names, birthplace, their papacy period, their total time as pope and additional notes outlining what they did during their time as pope. It’s an interesting way to learn little bits of Catholic history.

  8. Paige – I like the pop-up window that appears when we click on any Pope. It has a very handsome design. It’s interesting that all the data came from Wikipedia — so, any student could build something like this!

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