As the majority of journalism continues to move to the web, many reporters (Lowe class students included) have been forced to ask themselves, "What kind of journalism do you want to do?"
Sure, every journalism major wants to write and report, but what does each of them want and need to tell? How will they present their stories in a way that is both accessible, readable and entertaining? In a web-based world of short blog posts and thoughts limited to 140 characters, these writers prove that long-form journalism is alive, well and snowfall scrolling.
The story is well over 6,000 words, but the graphics, site layout and compelling storytelling make it easy to read and navigate. As readers scroll down the page they are greeted by pictures, videos and graphics that add to Gabler's intense and extensive research. In "Deadly Delays," I was inspired by the dedication and thoroughness of Gabler's reporting. The story was published almost a year ago and has since resulted in infant health care reform in several states.
I enjoyed ProPublica's story because of the reporting and way that they chose to format it. the snowfall scrolling forces readers to immerse themselves first into the civil rights protests of the 1960's then into the modern segregation of America's schools today. The sudden, nearly immediate shift from one to the other draws shocking parallels that capture the reader's attention and compels them to read the individual stories of James, Melissa and D'Leisha.