Author Archives: Matthew Clayton


The StoryWall below chronicles the 2010 Bedlam football game between Oklahoma and Oklahoma State through a kaleidoscope of photos, videos and text. Click any part of the wall to expose a different story piece. The story pieces will rearrange with each page refresh.

This post was submitted by Matthew Clayton.


The Places Series, Cultural Awareness Know it and our series of NDepths showcase our use of multimedia in storytelling.

Places Series:

Cultural Awareness know it:


This post was submitted by OPUBCO Communications Group.

Travel section

Intended for users interested in traveling or those currently planning a trip, this new section has been re-modeled not with travel information in mind, but more with a focus on traveling tips and advices. The section has been designed so that users can find destination specific information. We have enhanced the gateways for destinations with a scrolling menu, a collapsible list within the article page and image intensive content. the user can also one-click his destination directly on a global map, which leads to a regularly updated address directory where users can rate the proposed destination.

This post was submitted by Caroline St-Germain.

Vancouver 2010

The intense web activity surrounding Vancouver’s Winter Olympic Games prompted us to create a section devoted to it. Featuring live coverage of the competitions, athletes blogs, medal board, pictures, interactive maps, a twitter feed featuring the works of our our four reporters and two photographers present and an interactive map following the whereabouts of Canadian athlete Clara Hughes.

This post was submitted by Caroline St-Germain.

The birth of a song

Dozens of Quebec artists sang about their neck-of-the woods, thus creating some their most beautiful songs. Thanks to La Presse, we can add another one to the list.

It rather rare for a written medium to be the genesis of a song that now plays regularly on the radio, but this is exactly what happened last summer when La Presse, set out to celebrate the national holiday. A contest, along with a report spread over six months, readers were invited to contribute by submitting a song about their city, town,village or region.

Popular Québec singer and songwriter Vincent Vallières accepted to set the winning lyrics to song. By mid-april, already 700 submissions were received, a team of journalist then selected the top six. Vincent Valliières picked his favorite amongst them and recorded it in a La Presse funded studio session.

That was the sole prize of the contest, and the song, “le desert habité” was born and inspired the winner, François-David Prud’homme, to pursue a songwriting career.

La Presse readers were able to read about the creative process all along (the part of the story we are here submitting for your consideration). As well as the contest, there was a report on the local that inspired the song, which we included as PDF file to give you a general idea, but not as a contest entry since it was not written by a journalist.

Cyperpresse visitors were able to listen to the song via an interactive jukebox -which required colossal efforts from our staff- And through it, they were able to hear exerpts from all submissions.

(To hear the song: then click on the red stripe reading “AUDIO” in the middle column.

Six months latter, Vincent Vallières still continues to sing the song in his stage shows and the song also gets significant airplay on the radio. Readers were able to follow the entire process from A to Z. And the musical landscape in the province got a ltitle richer.

This post was submitted by Caroline St-Germain.

Les Patrouilleurs

Journalist Hugo Meunier and photographer Patrick Sanfaçon patrol the city streets in a vehicle converted into a mobile office. Providing audio/video and photo content to Cyberpresse, these roaming reporters cover the general news beat and breaking news event in the province. Their mobility allow them to cover events as they happen.

Example: Coverage of a Shooting in Old Montreal

Example: Landslide in St-Jude

This post was submitted by Caroline St-Germain.

“Walking into Danger” / The Chicago Tribune

Web design: Danielle Gordon, Ryan Mark and Meg Theno
Data assistance: Christopher Groskopf, Darnell Little, Max Rust
Reporters: David Jackson and Gary Marx
Photographer: Nancy Stone
Editors: George Papajohn and Kaarin Tisue

This unprecedented and landmark investigation began when Chicago Tribune reporters gathered and analyzed 407 Chicago police reports of attempted child abduction by a stranger between March 2008 and September 2010, as well as 123 additional cases from Cook County suburbs since 2008.

Filing more than 100 FOIAs and building a series of databases by scraping electronic police reports and adding court and census records, the resulting three-part series and website, “Walking into Danger,” busted myths and yielded surprising data about this frightening and iconic crime. It provoked immediate government response and yielded insights that will help protect youth.

The powerful website,, drew hundreds of thousands of page views in the week following publication, and augmented the print coverage.

The site gave parents and educators information and tools to protect youths and to coach kids on protecting themselves. An interactive map allows readers to input any address in the city and see attempted child abduction attempts in the surrounding area.

The web also included a photo gallery portraits of victims and offenders, case summaries on more than 40 convicted offenders, as well as reports on a half-dozen unsolved cases that have haunted the Chicago region for years.

In a special Web page, titled “How We Did It,” the reporters carefully explained the limits and potential weaknesses in the data, and outlined the steps they took to gather, verify and analyze the information.

The project’s online assets are presented entirely in hand-crafted HTML, Javascript and CSS3 inserted into the Tribune company’s proprietary CMS. The interactive map was created using Google Maps, Google Docs, GeoXML and Flot (for graphs). Some map data was prepared for online presentation with QGIS.

This post was submitted by Ryan Mark.