Black Saturday: the Aussies get involvedWritten by Adam Westbrook
With the majority of multimedia journalism projects emerging from the US and Europe, it’s great to see a slick piece come from Australia.
It arrives in the form of Black Saturday produced by broadcaster ABC, and tells the human stories of the huge bush fires which tore through Victoria in February this year. Here are some things which are awesome:
- Multi-navigation: you can explore this site using a map mashup, a photo mosaic or a timeline
- The animated mosaic connects to a stylish topographical map below
- The stories are told in a variety of photos and video
- When you click on a story it pops up in a floating window, and doesn’t take you away from the navigation screen
One thing I’m not so sure about though: the screen shot above is from one particular story about a brother and sister trying to find each other during the fires. It’s told using video interviews and reconstructed photographs.
As Patrick describes in his video interview how he got a text message and ran home from work, we see photographs of him recreating that action, running through a shopping mall. He describes being held up at a police cordon and we see a mocked up photograph of a hand of a police officer stopping him.
It must have been strange for Patrick to re-create those real life moments after the event.
Once you realise it’s fake, does it diminish from the quality of the story telling? Or is it an exciting new way of recreating past events?