There is tremendous potential for news sites to use online infographics to enhance the presentation of information. How are some of the major news organizations creating infographics online? In a report for CyberJournalist.net, Nora Paul, the director of the University of Minnesota's Institute for New Media Studies, compares how news organizations were explaining the B-52 Bomber. (more…)
Most major sites have turned to Flash graphics to chronicle the day-to-day war action: The Washington Post's Troop Tracker is a deep interactive that tracks day-by-day action and adds history, antiwar info, and photos via other tabs. USA Today Chronicling Iraqi Freedom is another Flash graphic showing day-to-day action. The Guardian's War Tracker is a comprehensive, easy-to-understand Flash graphic showing all the war action, and continually updated. MSNBC.com's In the Battle Zone is another interactive map showing casualties and other war action day-by-day. CNN.com chose an HTML page for its War Tracker, which is packed with the latest information about battles, airstrikes, casualties and even a chart of Iraqi surrenders.
Online journalist Ernst Poulsen points out an interesting 3D map of Iraq on The Jutland-Post's Web site, which highlights a few basic things like oil-fields, cities and military forces. "In a few years time, 3D maps like this could help journalists explain stories about military tactics and the layout of the country," he says.
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The Associated Press has put together a nice interactive showing how many reservists have been called into action from each state. As the Journalist's Toolbox points out, looking at these numbers are a good way to localize national stories about Iraq war preparations.
Here's a perfect use of animation online: Dateline NBC combined a series of photographs of Michael Jackson's face through the years and morphed them together to visually show the effect of all of his plastic surgeries -- in a way more powerful than any quote or video clip could.
Belo has been collecting images and personal accounts of the shuttle crash from readers and viewers into a searchable database. The database is searchable by keyword or city. A great way to use the Web to tap the community and advance the story.
How good are you at finding out the truth? Each year, hundreds of letters from prisoners sentenced to spend the rest of their lives behind bars arrive at the law offices of Kathleen Zellner & Associates in Naperville, Illinois. MSNBC.com and Dateline NBC put together an interactive where you can read some of these real letters and decide whether you would pursue the cases -- it's a virtual choose-your-own-adventure, based on true stories. Dateline continues making good use of the Web in its broadcasts: Users' answers played a role in a special Dateline.