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Network News: July 16-22

In the Spotlight: Audio Innovation

For several weeks, StateImpact New Hampshire’s Amanda Loder has been rolling out a steady stream of stories about how people in around her state are navigating today’s economy. The series, “Getting By, Getting Ahead,” is a mix of economic portraits and interesting stories about people in New Hampshire’s seven regions.

Last week, we went live with an interactive feature that brings all of these stories together and uses audio in a really interesting way. While Amanda was out interviewing, recording and photographing her subjects, she asked each of them five common questions.  The interactive is built around the answers to those questions. The result is an audio experience that goes beyond the 3-minute radio profiles that aired on NHPR and allows users to choose their own path through the collected sound. We’ve also asked readers/listeners to submit their own answers to the five questions and included additional information and topic pages on each of the state’s regions.

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Inside Our Latest News App: How It Works and How We Worked Together to Build It

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A key part of the editorial mission on the StateImpact project is to focus our stories on how state policy affects people’s lives. That’s true for for our digital posts and our radio pieces, and also for our interactive news applications.

In our latest news app, Dried Out, we visualized how a historic drought consumed Texas in 2011 and how the dry conditions compared to recent memory. But we paid as much attention to the impact of the drought, which was devastating, and on state policy choices that could mitigate future droughts, which might become more common and more severe.

We sought to tell a story, in short, not just to wow readers with beautiful visuals. (Though we hope to do that, too).

We contained the interactive to one largely static page, and the result is something approaching the vanishing “double truck” newspaper layouts that contain lots of graphics, images and narrative content. We broke the story into four buckets: the history, and the drought’s progression; the impact, and its devastation; the policy choices, and their limitations; and the Texans, who we hope will tell us their stories. Continue reading