Editors Interactive: Who do you turn to for a teaser to help with an otherwise dull interactive on newspaper editors for a 125th anniversary project? For me it was a no-brainer: Humphrey Bogart in the 1952 film noir – Deadline USA. Watch intro and read interactive: Observer Editors.
Merrill Lynch interactive: This graphic on the merger of BofA and Merrill Lynch won an award earlier this year from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers in the “Creative Use of Online” category. The judges said: “This interactive graphic displayed strong but easy-to-digest visualization of the very complex Bank of America-Merrill Lynch deal. The compact graphic version of the Charlotte Observer’s exhaustive reporting over an entire year was presented well.” I produced this in tandem with my intrepid colleague Rick Rothacker, who is also the author of Banktown, a new book on the Queen City’s primary economic engine. MERRILL GRAPHIC.
First Interactive: This is an early Flash interactive I created for The Observer. I teamed up with colleagues Tommy Tomlinson and Gary O’Brien for content. Did the layout in Adobe Illustrator and did a cut-n-paste into Flash. Nothing fancy, but this had a big impact on the newsroom and our readers at the time. It also garnered one of the first multimedia awards offered in the annual N.C. Press Association (NCPA) competition. You can check it out here.
Six Easy Places: An interactive travelogue from summer 2008, showcasing budget-friendly vacation spots in the Carolinas. We rolled out this print/online project over the summer months a region at a time. Initially, mousing over location names revealed the date when that section was to go “live.” An early effort at incremental publishing.
Hemlock killers: Tiny invasive insects are killing eastern hemlocks. A long, vertical, print infographic explains what’s going on, but how can it be used online? Think of the screen as a window, not a shape. This simple flash scroller turns this static print graphic into an easy-to-read, and fun, interactive.