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How they made Snow Fall


I had been waiting for this for some time now: the step by step explanation of the development of NY Times most successful and attention grabbing multimedia narrative Snow Fall.  I wrote about the resources that were applied to this (in Portuguese), and how they may seem excessive both in the number of people involved and production time, assets newsrooms don’t have.

Though I believe there is a risk this type of narratives will only happen sporadically, and created only in digital minded newsrooms with huge resources – smaller teams need to learn how to produce consistently multimedia interactive stories, using their own scarce resources (when they turn to this mindset, I mean) – this is  a great walk-through into Oz, i.e., the process of creating Snow Fall at the NY Times newsroom, from which we can draw our own conclusions about what modern news reporting is all about. Or should be.

Q. There’s a ton of audio and moving-image work in Snow Fall, and you used a lot of techniques from filmmaking, but within a very reading-centric experience. What kind of challenges did those elements present?

Catherine Spangler, Video Journalist: The challenges of crafting multimedia to complement a text-based story were the same challenges faced in any storytelling endeavor. We focused on the pacing, narrative tension and story arc—all while ensuring that each element gave the user a different experience of the story. The moving images provided a much-needed pause at critical moments in the text, adding a subtle atmospheric quality. The team often asked whether a video or piece of audio was adding value to the project, and we edited elements out that felt duplicative. Having a tight edit that slowly built the tension of the narrative was the overall goal.

How we made Snow Fall, Source

Worth checking this Storify page to get an insight on this project


Bundlr is a new curation tool and can it be better than Storify?

I wrote this article about Bundlr, a new curation tool ready to be launched created by two young Portuguese developers. In their words:

Bundlr is a new and free tool for online curation: clipping, aggregation and sharing web content easily.

We’re afoot with an information overload. New sources and mediums are emerging and each specialist is finding his way through all being published online. But we’re lacking the tools to quickly select the best we find on the web, organize and share it.

With Bundlr you can create bundles of any kind of content: articles, photos, videos, tweets and links. Cover real-time breaking news from your sources. Wrap up an event with a collection of online feedback. Build a page where you pick the most relevant content on your area of expertise.

Using Bundlr browser button, you can clip content while you browse the Internet. Just press the button to save the content you want, and the meta-data around it, to the bundle you pick. Each bundle will have its own public webpage you can share freely. In later features you’ll be able to filter clips, create visualizations and embed bundles on any website.

Reminds you of Storify? Check both videos and spot the differences. I prefer Bundlr in many ways (i had a sneak preview) and besides being more attractive visually, it brings more interesting features. It can be used by journalists or any one else who wants to aggregate online content in one single page (in their terms, bundle).

Visit their website and subscribe for a beta invitation.

What do you think? Can Bundlr compete with Storify?

Bundlr teaser

Storify video

Read also this Poynter article about the best uses for Storify in media. Are these tools valuable to you as a journalist and a user?