Tag Archives: 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.

Entry Link: http://www.oregonlive.com/steltz/

This post was submitted by mfriesen.

The Roundabout Game

In the summer of 2010, Roanoke-area drivers were about to experience roundabouts on their roads for the first time. We thought a fun introduction to the new traffic scenario would be to create an interactive driving game, evoking the video games of the ’80s and ’90s. So we did, complete with levels and sound effects.

Entry Link: http://www.roanoke.com/multimedia/xp-roundabout

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This post was submitted by megmartin.

I-81: Fear, facts and the future

The highway that links Western Virginia evokes high emotions because of its heavy truck congestion. One in four vehicles is a big rig. In this special report, we examined the safety, impact and future prospects for I-81.

In reporting this series, we drew on tools that we hoped would convey the gravity of the problem, give it historical context and allow the public ample opportunity to comment and offer their ideas.

For our accident data mashup (image below, titled “Fatal crashes on I-81: 1998-2008” at http://roanoke.com/81), we began with 11 years’ worth of state accident data on I-81 in Virginia. We then merged that with a database we had created in-house by combing 10 years of newspaper accounts of accidents along the I-81corridor in Virginia. The final mashup allowed us to layer narrative detail on an otherwise dry official police account. The layering of the two databases allowed our audience to see how often trucks were involved in the 266 fatal crashes during that time. It’s easy to get lost in the details of individual crashes, with names and circumstances attached.

The other map on the homepage (http://www.roanoke.com/81), called “Highs and lows: Elevation and crash data,” allows users to see the road from a different angle than usual. Set against elevation data, the interactive graphic tracks crash data, injury stats, speed limits, and a handful of other factors that collectively make the road feel more treacherous than it might otherwise be.

Paired together with an overview video (http://www.roanoke.com/multimedia/81/xp-how_real_is_the_fear#video), photo galleries, a timeline of the road (on the sidebar of this page: http://www.roanoke.com/multimedia/81/xp-how_real_is_the_fear) and an ongoing discussion throughout the series, we hoped to tell a complete story of the subtleties and immense grey area that surround the very emotional topic of driving I-81 with the most appropriate tools available.

Entry Link: http://www.roanoke.com/81 (for additional links, see above)

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This post was submitted by megmartin.

I-81: Fear, facts and the future

The stretch of Interstate 81 running through Western Virginia is one of the most truck-congested highways in the United States. One in four vehicles, in fact, is a commercial truck. The big rig drivers, bound for the urban Northeast, cut through our rural and mountainous region to use 81 as a bypass for busy Interstate 95.

Our series spanned several months, and incorporated interactive graphics, a video overview, photo galleries, instructional videos, a Twitter hashtag, live discussion, ongoing commentary, written stories and a feed of related coverage. It is very much a living story for the residents of Southwest Virginia who travel the I-81 corridor on a regular basis.

Entry Link: http://www.roanoke.com/81

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This post was submitted by megmartin.

Crisis Guide: Pakistan

Pakistan represents one of the world’s most troubling states in crisis. It is home to an array of terrorist groups that pose threats to international security and, increasingly, to Pakistan itself. It possesses a nuclear arsenal of about seventy to ninety weapons that is rapidly growing, and in the wake of growing instability, could become vulnerable to militants. Bordering a conflict-ridden Afghanistan and poised on a seemingly permanent war footing against India, what happens inside Pakistan’s borders matters deeply to the region and the wider world.

CFR’s “Crisis Guide: Pakistan” traces the evolution of Pakistan and the competing internal and external influences that have contributed to regular upheaval and stunted political and economic development. The Guide combines audio, video, and interactive features to break down the current state of affairs in Pakistan and provides historical context to better understand the root causes of the crisis.

Users participate in the interactive experience, navigating through six chapters of multimedia content: a video overview, a three-part timeline, an interactive catalogue of domestic issues, a map of Pakistan’s rough neighborhood, expert video analysis, and finally, a list of resources for further inquiry. Viewers decide for themselves how to interact with the content. Some may navigate linearly, while others may jump from chapter to chapter, only viewing the elements that are of interest to them.

Crisis Guide: Pakistan differs from traditional international coverage in that it is a piece of “living” content, regularly updated as developments occur, and is a distinctive Internet resource: intelligent yet accessible, deep yet interactive. The unique storytelling techniques used in this feature make it extremely accessible for such a complex subject. For these reasons, we at CFR.org believe Crisis Guide: Pakistan is worthy of a Best of Digital Design Award.

This post was submitted by Hagit Bachrach.

Crisis Guide: Pakistan

Pakistan represents one of the world’s most troubling states in crisis. It is home to an array of terrorist groups that pose threats to international security and, increasingly, to Pakistan itself. It possesses a nuclear arsenal of about seventy to ninety weapons that is rapidly growing, and in the wake of growing instability, could become vulnerable to militants. Bordering a conflict-ridden Afghanistan and poised on a seemingly permanent war footing against India, what happens inside Pakistan’s borders matters deeply to the region and the wider world.

CFR’s “Crisis Guide: Pakistan” traces the evolution of Pakistan and the competing internal and external influences that have contributed to regular upheaval and stunted political and economic development. The Guide combines audio, video, and interactive features to break down the current state of affairs in Pakistan and provides historical context to better understand the root causes of the crisis.

Users participate in the interactive experience, navigating through six chapters of multimedia content: a video overview, a three-part timeline, an interactive catalogue of domestic issues, a map of Pakistan’s rough neighborhood, expert video analysis, and finally, a list of resources for further inquiry. Viewers decide for themselves how to interact with the content. Some may navigate linearly, while others may jump from chapter to chapter, only viewing the elements that are of interest to them.

Crisis Guide: Pakistan differs from traditional international coverage in that it is a piece of “living” content, regularly updated as developments occur, and is a distinctive Internet resource: intelligent yet accessible, deep yet interactive. The unique storytelling techniques used in this feature make it extremely accessible for such a complex subject. For these reasons, we at CFR.org believe Crisis Guide: Pakistan is worthy of a Best of Digital Design Award.

This post was submitted by Hagit Bachrach.

Haiti earthquake aftermath

Description: Realizing the magnitude of the earthquake in Haiti, the USA TODAY topics teams quickly designed and launched a new multimedia timeline and populated it daily with the latest images, audio and video. Interactive maps and satellite images were added as the crisis unfolded.

Entry Link: http://www.usatoday.com/news/world/haiti-timeline-interactive.htm

This post was submitted by denzelg.

Myanmar Election 2010

Myanmar held its first elections in 20 years in November 2010 as one of the most repressive regimes in the world vowed to install a civilian government. Leading up to Election Day, The Wall Street Journal covered the upcoming vote with this rich multimedia presentation. Amid political strife that has plagued the country, this interactive poses the question: What changes, if any, could this election bring to the country?

Entry Link: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304233004575569413290371470.html

This post was submitted by baguilar.

Forgotten Ship: A Lifesaving Mission As Saigon Fell

More than 35 years ago, the USS Kirk, a small ship in the U.S. Navy’s fleet, had a big role in the rescue of thousands of South Vietnamese refugees. The story has been virtually lost in the history of that unpopular war. Some of the sailors and the people they saved recount the dramatic story to NPR.

Entry Link: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=129475773

This post was submitted by NPR.

WASP: Women With Wings In WWII

About 1,100 young women flew military aircraft stateside during World War II as part of a program called Women Airforce Service Pilots — WASP for short. These civilian volunteers ferried and tested planes so male pilots could head to combat duty. The groundbreaking program lasted only two years and nearly fell through the cracks of history.

Entry Link: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=124367587

This post was submitted by NPR.