The Providence Journal's Web site has done such a good job covering the fatal fire at The Station nightclub in Rhode Island that it's hard to know what to single out. In addition to continually updating the site with staff-written stories on the latest developments from the moment the news first broke early Friday morning, the site has published a slew of impressive online-only features, including: A first-person account from a survivor searching for his mystery savior; an online memorial for readers to post condolences for the fire victims; five flash slide shows and video from a partner TV site; useful information such as victim and memorial details; and much, much more. As a public service, the site has not only been running a Weblog of online reaction to the fire by staff blogger Sheil...
Here's an excellent interactive tribute to legendary Broadway artist Al Hirschfeld, who died, from NYTimes.com. It includes slide shows with audio narration and video clips.
Dozens of Georgia's most colorful, sweet-sounding songbirds are in serious trouble, and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution doesn't just tell you about it in its series -- it let's you hear the birds cry for help. In this Flash interactive, you can hear the songs of dozens of birds.
Most Innovative Use of Digital Media, Features/Enterprise, Circulation more than 250,000, Digital Edge Awards 2001. Judges wrote, "This site, developed for children and their families, cleverly unearths the history of a plot of land on the Mississippi River where American Indians, French fur traders, explorers and lumbermen lived for hundreds of years. Judges saluted the fine teamwork between the print and online groups and praised their ability to weave text, audio, video and animations into a compelling package."
"End-of-life" tools and more, based on a PBS program with Bill Moyers. Winner, Service Journalism: Affiliated, Online Journalism Awards 2001. The judges said: This package, based on a Bill Moyers special TV report, did more than just repurpose a TV show. It became the center of a strong community project tied to the show. The judges said they found the guide for doctors on how to understand and handle diversity especially compelling. Said one judge: "They pulled it off like nobody else could."
Poynter's Steve Outing says MSNBC.com's The Big Picture election guide "is a ground-breaking piece of multimedia that moves the industry further along the evolutionary scale in digital storytelling." What makes it notable, he says in an essay on Poynter.org, is that the presentation can be as interactive as the viewer wants it to be: you can either click through the parts you are more interested in, or sit back and watch the entire package. "There's a significant lesson here for multimedia content designers: allow for user interaction to control the experience, but account for the many people who just want to watch without doing anything."
WFLS News Anchor/reporter Tabitha LaRue wrote a compelling first-person package for Fredericksburg.com, the Web site of The Free-lance Star in Fredericksburg, Va., about her battle with ovarian cancer. The initial report, "Tabitha's story: In Her Own Words," was six parts and it has been updated more than a half-dozen times since then. Part of what makes the report unique is that it included photos and video (high- and low-bandwidth versions) from both the good times and bad times in her life. The package not only prominently displays Tabitha's e-mail, but she's responded to many readers and even written follow-ups addressing some of readers' questions. The package won a Clarion Award from The Association for Women in Communications for "Online Journalism Special Feature Section."
An exhaustive package of stories, multimedia and an "interactive documentary" about U.S. aviation on the day of the terrorists attacks, reconstructing how the unprecedented order to clear the skies on Sept. 11 played out. Stunning details and an interesting perspective on a story that's been told many times. Winner, First Associated Press Managing Editors APMEOnline Convergence Awards in the 50,000+ circulation category.
Rural Idaho: Challenged to Change by IdahoStatesman.com is a package of stories, photographs and audio files reporting the many difficulties confronting residents of the state's wide open territories. These reports were part of a year-long look at the problems and options facing Idaho's rural communities. The Idaho Statesman teamed up with the Idaho Edition of the Spokane Spokesman-Review, the Idaho Falls Post Register, the Lewiston Morning Tribune, Idaho Public Television and KTVB Channel 7. More than 1,000 Idahoans were interviewed, polled or participated in a series of town-hall meetings around the state as part of this project, which appeared on the Web, in all four newspapers and on KTVB. Winner, First Associated Press Managing Editors APMEOnline Convergence Awards in the under-50,000...
WashingtonPost.com videojournalist Travis Fox spent four months with a sheet metal worker who is helping rebuild the Pentagon after his son was killed in the Sept. 11 attack there. The documentary he produced, "Rebuilding a Fortress, Rebuilding a Life," is first-rate, but what makes it so noteworthy is that ABC News aired his piece Aug. 16, 2002, on "Nightline UpClose." This is the first time a nationally broadcast television news program was based entirely on a documentary produced by a news Web site, according to Poynter's Al Tompkins. The video was also presented in five segments on WashingtonPost.com (which includes additional footage not seen on TV), where it can still be viewed.