Behind the Scenes

Online storytelling's 'zeitgeist of exploration'

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In competition with national TV networks, washingtonpost.com claimed an unprecedented 27 individual awards at the White House News Photographers Association's 2003 television photography and editing competitions. Under Tom Kennedy's leadership the staff of Camera Works has pushed the creative envelope and experimented with new forms and techniques for telling digital stories to an Internet audience. In a Q&A with Dan Willis for CyberJournalist.net, Kennedy says he hopes online storytelling evolves to the point where we can mix the elements so well "that people are conscious of being told an incredibly powerful story, but they're never so conscious of the elements themselves that they get lost and diverted from the experience of the story." Continue reading...

Projo.com: City Hall on Trial

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BEHIND THE SCENES: Projo.com, the Web site of The Providence Journal produced impressive coverage of the corruption trial of Providence Mayor Vincent A. Cianci Jr., including Web-exclusive daily updates, audio, video and a tour of the courtroom. In this Behind the Scenes piece for CyberJournalist.net, Andrea Panciera, editor of projo.com, explains how it was done. (more…)

Behind the Scenes: Media Unspun's Demise

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As Media Unspun prepares to shut down on Friday, publisher Jimmy Guterman says in a Q&A with CyberJournalist.net's Jonathan Dube that the only way for independent Web publishers to survive is by banding together as a network to "preserve our idiosyncratic voices, but share a business back end." He also says, "Journalistic Weblogs have to be two-way to work, otherwise they're either vanity publishing ventures or traditional columns pretending to be hip." Media Unspun, an online and e-mail publication analyzing media coverage of technology business news, will suspend publication on Friday Dec. 13, unless a major sponsor or investors is found before then. Continue reading...

Behind the Scenes: Fiore's Animated Cartoons

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When one thinks of online journalists who are doing innovative, enlightening work that truly takes advantage of the medium, Mark Fiore is one of the first names that comes to mind. Fiore recently won the 2002 Online Journalism Award for commentary and was a finalist in the Creative Use of the Medium category. In this Q&A with CyberJournalist.net's Jonathan Dube, Fiore explains why "technology doesn't make the cartoon" and that the key to making an animated cartoon effective is "having something to say." You can see dozens of Fiore's wonderful cartoons at http://www.markfiore.com. (more…)

Behind the Scenes: Gotham Gazette

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The Gotham Gazette, an independent Web news site about New York City, recently won the Online News Association's award for Independent Service Journalism for an exhaustive package about Rebuilding NYC in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks, including an interactive game where users could design their own vision of how to rebuild lower Manhattan. In an essay for CyberJournalist.net, Gotham Gazette Editor Jonathan Mandell describes how the tiny staff of Gotham Gazette put together this award-winning package. Continue reading...

Behind the Scenes: 'Amtrak: All Aboard?'

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The Christian Science Monitor's 'Amtrak: All Aboard?' is a wonderful multimedia look at Amtrak's troubles, incorporating audio, Weblogs and interactive maps. In an essay for CyberJournalist.net, News Producer Ben Arnoldy explains how csmonitor.com produced the package, which is a finalist for the Online Journalism Awards that will be announced this weekend. Continue reading...

Behind the Scenes: SonicMemorial.org

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The Sonic Memorial Project is a searchable audio archive of immediate, first-person accounts chronicling Sept. 11 from almost every vantage point, collected by NPR's Lost and Found Sound and the public broadcasting community. The project's impressive site, SonicMemorial.org, was built by Picture Projects, an award-winning interactive documentary company. The site's unique Sonic Browser interface enables users to zoom in and out on specific sounds while ambient audio plays in the background. CyberJournalist.net's Jonathan Dube asked Picture Projects cofounders Alison Cornyn and Sue Johnson about the making of SonicMemorial.org. Continue reading...

The Making of ajc.com's Nursing Home Guide

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As part of an Atlanta-Journal Constitution series on nursing homes, "The Bottom Line of Caring," the newspaper's Web site built and published a wonderful searchable nursing home guide that let users research specific homes in detail, including checking what each nursing home in Georgia spends on its patients and how staffing levels at homes compare. CyberJournalist.net asked Adrian Holovaty, ajc.com's assistant database editor, to describe how and why the Nursing Home Guide was built. Continue reading...