People who are finding innovative ways to tell digital stories inspire me greatly.
Like the clever people over at Atavist in Brooklyn whose Creatavist app allows users to easily add multimedia - text, audio, video, animation, interactive elements - to their longform nonfiction stories and publish them across the web and mobile devices. The Wall Street Journal used the technology for this piece on rising addiction to prescription pain killers in the US.
Then there's Shorthand, a Brisbane-based digital tech company.
Shorthand launched in March this year to target a specific publishing problem: how to create immersive 'epic' pieces of journalism in the tradition of the New York Times' Snow Fall in less time, with fewer people and on a tighter budget.
One of the things that stood out for me was the agile production process involved:
“The way we work is always iterative,” says product manager Marcus Callon. “We took the story text, sketched the story layout and designed it in Photoshop the first time around, to give the Guardian an indication of what it could look like.” This iterative approach allows the small development team of four full-time staff to “start somewhere on a project and make changes until we run out of time,” says Callon, “Or until there are diminishing returns.”Ben Fogarty, executive manager of Shorthand will be speaking at News:Rewired on 20 September.