Special Features

Examining Iraq Infographics

Great Interactive Storytelling, Great Work Gallery, Special Features
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, 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…)

Online storytelling's 'zeitgeist of exploration'

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In competition with national TV networks, 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, 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...

Interactive Storytelling: Columbia Crash

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Most news sites responded well with slide shows and the gathering of current and background stories on the shuttle crash, but several stood out. In a special report for, Nora Paul, the Director of the Institute for New Media Studies at the University of Minnesota, examines which sites created content that helped the public better understand the events in ways that just couldn't be done in print or on air. Continue reading...

Online Space Shuttle Crash Coverage

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Online news sites reacted rapidly and robustly to the space shuttle Columbia's crash on Feb. 1. Nearly every major site blew out the top of their site, devoting the top screen -- or more -- to the story. Several chose layouts they rarely use, to create additional dramatic impact. has put together a gallery of cover snapshots from a sampling of sites and analyzed the effectiveness of their approach. Continue reading... City Hall on Trial

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BEHIND THE SCENES:, 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, Andrea Panciera, editor of, explains how it was done. (more…)

How Technology Will Change Journalism

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Journalists may even be in for a sea change, Managing Producer Dorian Benkoil writes in an article for Digital technology may revamp what the public thinks of as ?news,? just as television and radio remade what had been a world ruled by print. If the news ?platform? becomes irrelevant, he says, will the cyberjournalist be someone who gathers massive quantities of journalistic ?data? that can be parsed in numerous ways? Or will the need for intelligent sifting and analysis become ever more crucial to help the info-harried user rise above the cyber-torrent? The answer, he says, is both. Continue reading...