Online Coverage of Californa Wildfires
Speaking of the California Wildfires, here's an overview of the many innovative and practical ways that newspapers have leveraged the storytelling power of the Web:
At The San Diego Untion-Tribune:
- This Google Map (above) is incredibly detailed, providing an interactive and visual guide to the fires and evacuation areas. The map also shows street-level reports ofindividual structuresthat have burned and is geo-tagged with staff photos and video.
- A full PDF edition of today's paper edition.
- SignOn Radio a continuous audio broadcast with reports on the fire.
- A forum compiles helpful tips and deals for victims.
- YouTube video of the destruction.
The Los Angeles Times features:
- A Google Map layered with summaries of the major fires throughout the region.
- "How the Fire Grew," an interactive Flash map, allows users to click through the various stages of the fire, view evacuation areas and compare to the 2003 Cedar Fire.
- In partnership with other regional papers, a Web database to connect evacuees.
This catastrophe also underlines the importance of breaking news design online. Cory Bergman outlines some of the successes and failures at the LostRemote TV blog:
(TV News Web sites') standard templates, in my humble opinion, are restricting their coverage on the home page and don't do much to distinguish this massive story from any other breaking news story. Everything feels like it's jammed into small, inflexible boxes.
What journalism has caught your eye throughout all this coverage?UPDATE: Amy Gahran has posted some other examples at Poynter.