As we started to collect our ideas for the structure of the project, the multimedia group agreed that we didn’t want to create a bunch of different overlapping pieces and hang them all off the text. We wanted to make a single story out of all the assets, including the text. So the larger project wasn’t a typical design effort. It was an editing project that required us to weave things together so that text, video, photography and graphics could all be consumed in a way that was similar to reading—a different kind of reading. The two Sports editors and John were very interested in this idea, so we moved forward on parallel tracks, exchanging files and reviewing progress together.
From Graphics Steve Duenes. Truly an example of collaboration across multiple disciplines.
Editing, editing, editing. With a project of this scale and length, it can be easy to include mass amounts of data, information, visuals and audio because they exist and can compliment the story in different ways. It’s also easy to lose perspective on the big picture. One thing I think the team accomplished with this project is showing judiciousness in which elements best told the story at key moments in the text.
From Video Journalist Catherine Spangler. The importance of editing to make a cohesive experience.
As we were getting closer to launch, we were able to step back and review the various elements to see how they fit editorially, and we made design revisions and tweaks.
From Multimedia Producer Jacky Myint. The ability to build in time in the process to step back is key.
Bravo to the magnificent team that put this together.