Another simple but beautiful tool from Knightlab at Northwestern University, Juxtapose JS allows you to create image comparisons, such as the scene of a news event before and after it occurs. Building a Juxtapose slider requires only before and after images (.jpgs or .gifs). A template for designing your slider is provided, and once your info is entered the program generates an embed code. Voila!
A similar tool was designed and coded by the ABC and used in an effective photo story about the disastrous impact of the tsunami on Fukushima in 2011.
A very pretty multimedia story by Guardian Australia that revisited the Tasmanian bushfires and told the story behind one of the most memorable photos from news coverage of the inferno. This story won a Walkley Award for multimedia storytelling in 2013.
Often the simplest way to explain a story or a concept is to show readers, not tell them. Great writing also uses the same idea – show us, don’t tell us.
This is an extraordinarily simple and effective story from the UpShot in the NYT: What 2,000 Calories Looks Like. The story is light on text and heavy on photos that have an impact because they mean something to us – most people living in a country with easy access to a variety of foods can imagine sitting down to most of those meals. This story is so much easier to understand than meaningless lists of foods ranked by their calorie count, and can be read and understood by a very wide audience.
The scale of the search for Flight MH370 has an almost game-like irresistible appeal: readers understand quickly the impossible nature of the task faced by those searching, but also feels compelled to keep looking.
The now-defunct independent news site The Global Mail was nominated for a Walkley Award in the multimedia category in 2014 with this interview by Nick Olle presented in the form of a graphic novel. Illustrated by Sam Wallman, it was produced by Olle and colleagues Pat Grant and Sam Bungey, and edited by Lauren Martin.