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.
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
Firestorm | The Guardian
Automatic for the People | 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
Erva-mate: O ouro verde do Paraná | 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.