taxonomy of digital story packages

Mapping a Story

These are stories that are location based and use a map as the central element around which the story is organized. You usually click on points on the map to navigate to different sections of the story.

This can provide a sense of going on a journey for stories with that have that kind of story line. Or it can provide a highly personalized experience for the user who can use the map to determine where and how he/she wants to peruse a story.

Here are some examples:

Architectural Monuments in a Reshaped Beijing

Architectural Monuments in a Reshaped Beijing

Architectural Monuments in a Reshaped Beijing was produced in April 2011 by the New York Times as part of its Olympic Games coverage.

Done in Flash, it used a series of maps to provide links to photos, photo essays, audio clips, and animations about different Olympic venues and city landmarks and development projects.

Van Gujjar Migration Project 

migration project

The Van Gujjar Migration Project uses a Google Earth map to provide an aerial view of a section of the Himalayan mountains and foothills in northern India that's a migration route for nomadic water buffalo herders. You can click  on points along the route to get a pop-up box with a text story and photos describing the herders journey. There also are a couple of videos you can play to watch to a herder singing a song or hear the sounds of the people and animals on their trek. The story is part of the non-profit Traditional Cultures Project to do documentary work on traditional cultures around the world.

Walking the Path of a Tornado

tornado path

Walking the Path of a Tornado is a story by CNN reporter John Sutter who traced the 17-mile path of destruction left by a huge category 5 tornado in Oklahoma in May 2013. The story has three parts - a map of Sutter's route at the top, a long, a scrollable text story below in which Sutter cataloged his journey, and screenshots of postings and photos Sutter uploaded to Twitter as he walked.

As the reader scrolls down through the text story, relevant tweets by Sutter appear on the right and dots appear on the map above showing Sutter's location at each point, based on GPS  readings of his Twitter postings along the route.

Riding the New Silk Road

Riding the New Silk Road

Riding the New Silk Road is a New York Times story published on July 21, 2013, that re-traces the route of the ancient Silk Road between Europe and Asia. The route is displayed on a vertical map with points that link to accompanying photos and videos about those places. As you scroll down the locations pinpointed on the map change along with the photos/videos to which they're linked.