5 recent journalism projects inspired by 'Snow fall'

The award winning work of The New York Times has inspired many newsrooms

August 20, 2013  |  CATEGORIES: Featured, Must see 2, News

It’s hard to say something about Snow Fall that hasn’t been said already. I mean, when a visual narrative project becomes a verb inside newsrooms, than, really, what else can you say? You just need to read Xaquín G.V.’s post, to get a bit of an inside scoop on how the project evolved, as well as this interview with Steve Duenes and Andrew Kueneman, published in the Atlantic.

Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic Snow Fall

(image: Snow Fall | The New York Times)

Although it Snow Fall was clearly inspired by some previous works (this one from ESPN and this from Pitchfork are the most well-known examples, but there are more), the fact is that, since December 2012, when it was published, other newsrooms quickly realized its potential and, slowly, started to experiment with this mix of images, text, video and graphics, consolidating this form of storytelling as one of the ‘next big things’ in journalism. And we picked five recent special reports that, even if not directly inspired by the Times’ award-winning report, show some of those same characteristics:

100 years of Tour de France | Zeit

 Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic 100 years of the Tour de France

(image: Zeit Online)

Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic Tour de France

(image: Zeit)

Firestorm | The Guardian

Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic Firestorm

(image: The Guardian)

 Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic Firestorm

(image: The Guardian)

Automatic for the People | The Telegraph

Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic The automatic for the people

(image: The Telegraph)

Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic Automatic for the People

(image: The Telegraph)

 

Also from Brazil, a couple of projects, including the freshly released Guerra na Selva (translated as ‘War in the Jungle’), a special report by the G1 news and graphics team about one of the world’s toughest – and controversial – military training in the world.

Guerra na Selva | G1

Captura de tela parcial do infográfico interativo Guerra na Selva

(image: G1)

Captura de tela parcial do infográfico interativo Guerra na Selva

(image: G1)

Erva-mate: O ouro verde do Paraná | Gazeta do Povo

Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic Erva Mate

(image: Gazeta do Povo)

Captura de tela parcial do infográfico interativo Erva-mate: O ouro verde do Paraná

(image: Gazeta do Povo)

 

We probably missed other projects that would fit perfectly in this post, but feel free to share the links in the comments section – because we’ll probably be talking about this type of visual narratives again. The fact is that the ‘Snowfall storytelling formula’ has already spread beyond newsrooms, from tech companies and non-profit organizations, to a couple’s love story (really, if you missed this one, you’re going to be surprised, to say the least).

The possibilities seem to be endless, and here on Visual Loop we’ll keep an eye out for other projects that push the boundaries of traditional news reporting and visual journalism.

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