Cover

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Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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pp. i-vi

Contents

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pp. vii-viii

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Preface

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pp. ix-xii

This book did not begin as a study of the subspecialty of interactive journalism. Initially, scholar Seth C. Lewis and I began working on what we saw as an “intersection” of journalism and technology in summer 2011. When we started looking into this research area, we were initially surprised by what...

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Acknowledgments

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pp. xiii-xviii

This book could not have been completed without Seth C. Lewis, whose help in the early part of the research and the early stages of the book was invaluable. Indeed, this book was at the proposal stage a joint venture, later taking on its present form as I changed direction. Nonetheless, if you know Seth’s...

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Introduction: Interactives in the News

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pp. 1-16

“Snow Fall: The Avalanche at Tunnel Creek,” a 2012 interactive feature in The New York Times, won a Pulitzer Prize for what the judges complimented as a work “enhanced by its deft integration of multimedia elements.”1 This was a new way to tell a story. With a 3D rotating view of the Cascade...

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1. Interactive Journalism: A Budding Profession

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pp. 17-36

I remember the first time I came across interactive journalism and realized there was an aspect of this kind of news content that was different than anything I had seen before. I had just started what would become this book, and I’d begun thinking about the intersection of “hacks” and “hackers...

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2. The Rise of a Subspecialty: Interactive Journalism

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pp. 37-70

NPR’s media columnist David Folkenflik delivered a breezy report in 2005 from Lawrence, Kansas, home of the University of Kansas. He narrated his lead-in: So here’s The World Company at work. It’s got a daily newspaper, The Journal-World, a local cable TV channel, and, of course, several Web sites, including one...

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3. Hacker Journalists, Programmer Journalists, and Data Journalists

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pp. 71-100

Brian Boyer was casually scanning Boing Boing, the tech blog, in May 2007. The previous day, the blog had featured its usual mix of oddball news with tech info—favorite podcasts, interviews with bloggers, Mac updates, and an amusing feature on a robot that looked like a chicken, which...

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4. Inside the Interactive Journalism Newsroom

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pp. 101-144

Just fourteen miles outside Washington, D.C., lies one of the most dangerous regularly paddled whitewater rapids in the United States. Great Falls of the Potomac River, a series of complicated drops, waterfalls, and swirling whitewater hydraulics, is one of the steepest waterfalls on any river on the...

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5. Interactives and Journalism’s Systems of Knowledge

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pp. 145-182

ProPublica’s Dollars for Docs underscores the promise of interactive journalism: an in-depth, immersive database that allows users to search through more than $4 billion worth of Big Pharma disclosures showing which doctors the companies paid for talks, research, and consulting.1 The...

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Conclusion: Interactives and the Future of Journalism

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pp. 183-208

The Des Moines Register’s 2014 interactive project, dubbed “Harvest of Change,” offered a 360-degree virtual-reality experience to the user. Using a mouse or an Xbox controller, a user could download software and experience a story about a farm dealing with the impact of climate change...

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Methodology

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pp. 209-218

This project was a multi-sited ethnography that relied on observation and interview. Unlike my first book, which relied on five months of immersive field research at a single site (The New York Times), this book sought to gather data from across the industry. As a result, I personally visited thirteen newsrooms...

Notes

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pp. 219-230

Bibliography

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pp. 231-246

Index

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pp. 247-254