The mother of all multimedia stories, Snowfall: The Avalanche at Tunnel Creek had the work of a huge reporting, graphics and programming team behind it. The story started as a traditional feature by reporter John Branch. NYT sports editors saw the potential for a multimedia story.
“As we started to collect our ideas for the structure of the project, the multimedia group agreed that we didn’t want to create a bunch of different overlapping pieces and hang them all off the text. We wanted to make a single story out of all the assets, including the text.” – Steve Duenes, Graphics Director
The result is a continuous narrative that uses beautifully designed maps and graphics as part of the story’s narrative rather than as stand-alone add-ons that merely repeat information presented in the written feature.
You can read more about how the story was put together here.