Examples of interactive journalism – Week 5

As always, add your own example for extra credit by providing a link in a reply to this post.

This week’s example — Wolves at the Door, from NPR — is multimedia but not interactive. It should make you think about design choices (using HTML and CSS). It has no video but it includes evocative sound and beautiful photos. The amount of text is minimal. Enjoy it on a large screen with headphones, or at least with your volume turned up. How do you feel about the experience? Do you think NPR should have added a map and maybe a few infographics to convey data about the wolf populations?

Screen capture - story from NPR

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2 thoughts on “Examples of interactive journalism – Week 5

  1. http://apps.npr.org/tshirt/#/title

    NPR’s “Planet Money Makes a T-Shirt” is a combination of video, photos, graphs and text, with a lot of really interesting design elements. The overall design of the piece made me feel immersed in the story, and the variety of storytelling techniques kept me interested in a topic that I otherwise might not have paid much attention to.

    As for “Wolves at the Door,” while I would have been interested in maps and infographics, an argument can be made that the inclusion of formal data like that might have taken away from the storytelling. However, I think they could have made a more info-focused companion piece to go along with this one.

  2. Brittany: I love the T-shirt story! I saw that the day it came out because NPR ran a series of audio stories about the garment industry, all related to the process of making the T-shirt.

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