Examples of interactive journalism – Week 2

This post has two purposes: (1) To present an example of interactive journalism that I recommend; and (2) To allow you to reply with a new link to an example of interactive journalism that YOU recommend.

It is optional for you to post a link. If you do, it counts toward extra credit (provided it meets the criteria). You can read the details on the Required Work page, under the subheading “Extra credit.”

Do not post more than one link here.

Your link must be functional — that is, I click it, and it goes directly to the example you wrote about.

Do not reply more than once to this post.

After the next “Examples” post appears on this blog (that will happen on Monday, Jan. 20), any new replies made here will not count.

An example I recommend

My example this week, NSA Files: Decoded, was published by The Guardian in November 2013. The story responds to your scrolling by playing embedded videos, in which experts speak instead of being represented in text. In other words, the videos replace what would normally appear as a quote in the text at that spot in the story.

There’s more interactivity as the story continues. Check out the Three Degrees of Separation graphic and see how your Facebook friends expose yo to surveillance by the NSA. Or find out how (not) diverse the Judges of the FISA Court are.

There’s a very interesting backstory about how this online story was produced. The journalists literally tell you how they made this.

Your Reply

Leave a comment on this post to submit your example for this week.

Make sure your link is correct and functional.

Include the title or headline of the example you are linking to.

Write one sentence about why we should appreciate it.

4 thoughts on “Examples of interactive journalism – Week 2

  1. An example of interactive journalism (which is outdated now but still fun) is BBC’s “London 2012: Torch relay heading for 1,000 places.”

    Published in 2011, the story includes text sections that you can read, but also has an interactive map (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-13391986), a gallery of photos you can click through (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-15575078), and a “Torch timeline” (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-13424048) that lets you see the designs of the different torches from 1936-2012.

    Like the “NSA Files” example, it uses multiple interactive tools to tell different parts of the story and immerse readers in the topic.

  2. That’s a pretty cool package, Brittany. Good choice. I like the designs of the torches from all the different years of the Olympics.

    By the way — you probably should have mentioned “Olympics” in your writeup. Just for the sake of context.

  3. Elaine Hussey says:

    “Hello Lamp Post” Playable City

    Bristol is a large town in England. It hosted a contest to make the world’s first “Playable City.” The winner was “Hello Lamp Post”. Certain objects around the city were given serial numbers. People could have conversations with the objects by texting them. The objects would respond immediately and carry out a conversation with the person via text message.


  4. Elaine, that example is NOT journalism. Take another look at the requirements.

    However, I will count it this time because it’s the first week for examples. In the future, though, your posted examples must follow the requirements.

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