Category Archives: Section or Topic

This category recognizes excellence in the presentation of regularly appearing sections, topics, “verticals” (such as opinion, business, fashion or a specific region), or sub-sites created for niche audiences. Entries are judged on overall design navigability, creativity and effective use of multimedia.

Rebuilding Chrissy’s face

An accidental shotgun blast blew away much of Chrissy Steltz’s face in 1999, when she was 16. Now, 11 years and nearly two dozen surgeries later, she has a new silicone “face” to match her original eyes, nose and cheeks.

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This post was submitted by mfriesen.


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

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This post was submitted by OPUBCO Communications Group.

Crime L.A.

The Times’ database of Los Angeles County crime reports delivers the power of neighborhood crime analysis to each reader’s computer. Its visual interface adds context to crime statistics, with a clean design that invites readers to interact on many levels.

Using data from the Los Angeles Police Department and Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Crime L.A. creates maps and reports for the hundreds of cities and neighborhoods covered by these agencies. It provides detailed crime reports and incident-trend profiles that allow readers to view the information in the context of where they live and work, as well as to share comments and insight.

With daily updates, readers can keep current on local crime and compare crime levels across more than 200 neighborhoods and localities. When violent or property crimes rise sharply in LAPD-patrolled neighborhoods, the system delivers a crime alert. Long-term statistics are available for areas covered by LAPD and the sheriff. This is part of the Mapping L.A. project, which launched in 2009 with The Times’ map of 87 neighborhoods in the city of Los Angeles, re-drawn with the help of readers who redrew with our initial boundaries. It runs alongside Homicide Report, an interactive that tracks every homicide in the county using a database and searchable map. Each has built on the former, with a seamless integration that makes otherwise daunting data manageable and accessible to the public.

Crime L.A. was produced entirely with open-source software including Django, Google Maps, jQuery, OpenLayers, PostgresSQL, Simile and Timemap.

The landing page is The interactive database can be found at

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This post was submitted by Tracy Boucher.

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.

The Hero Complex

This is a golden age for stories of the fantastic — science fiction, fantasy, super heroes, etc. — with greater respect for comics and graphic novels and huge box office numbers for special-effects films. There’s an intense appetite by readers for news and insight into this burgeoning scene but typically mainstream journalists don’t have the insider “geek” knowledge to capture the diehard consumers. While the online community and fan press have the knowledge, they can’t report and write at a high level. The Hero Complex is the perfect meld of fan passion and serious journalism; it’s also a study in new media reportage that tests the limits of the term “blog.”

In 2010, the blog underwent an extensive redesign that made it a destination in its own right. With a landing page that looks unlike anything else on the Los Angeles Times, it draws thousands of users daily who read posts, view video and flip through exclusive images, all gathered on an easy-to-navigate home page. It highlights user comments, Twitter feeds, monthly quizzes and divides content by category.

The Hero Complex is being developed as a media brand, with standalone events such as the Hero Complex Film Festival. The design informs that growth and ambition as well.

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This post was submitted by Tracy Boucher.

“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.


PlateUp pulls together all of The Roanoke Times’ culinary coverage into a single location. For years, folks could find our food blogger/columnist’s work in one place, reviews in another, an outdated restaurants database hidden somewhere in the bowels of the site and a local foods database off in our land of databases and numbers.

But now they’re all in one place, along with new features: A database of recipes from readers, staffers and the newspaper itself; a database of Southwest Virginia restaurants that is mobile and searchable – and rateable; a new shopping and coupon blog; and new coupon ads.

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This post was submitted by megmartin.