The data-visualized, structured, immersive podcast — animated and wrapped in a Vine

I am lucky to be involved with two MA programs – one in Interactive Journalism and one in Media Entrepreneurship – and sometimes they intersect. This is one of those moments. Recently I asked the world’s most plugged-in digital journalism professors (they live in the Online News Association’s Educators Facebook group) to share examples of the freshest ways to tell news and stories; their story formats hail from “traditional” newsrooms to startups – all organizations trying to succeed by doing good work in a creative way, while hoping to bring eyeballs to the screen.

There are so many formats beyond Snowfall these days – immersive, Vine, structured, animated, dataviz, podcasts – it is no surprise that single-topic, hyper-curated sites are blossoming at the same time.

Some storytelling examples, in no particular order, follow. I will continue to add.

1) Storytelling via animation (In Jennifer’s Room, by The Center for Investigative Reporting – “A harrowing tale, told with simple illustrations, about what happened to a young developmentally disabled woman in a place that was supposed to keep her safe.”)

2) Stories told through Vine (see this wrap-up of the six-second focus on riots, protests and Ebola coverage via The Guardian)

3) News games as storytelling (BBC interactive lands you on a comet)

4) Storytelling via more complex multimedia layers (the everything bagel from Boston Globe’s whale package)

5) Storytelling via liveblog (NPR turned to Tumblr during Ferguson due to technical issues)

6) Lisa Williams shares a powerful data visualization on US drone strike casualties in Pakistan.

7) Lisa points us also to more snowfallishisness with WBUR’s Bulger on Trial about James “Whitey” Bulger, who was a fugitive for three decades before being caught.

8) The complexities of an exciting and controversial podcast, via Serial.

9) Pitchfork’s profile-with-playlist (H/T Jena Heath)

10) Storytelling via Curious City, a WBEZ Q&A, with community input. (H/T Linda Fantin)

11) Storytelling like Planet Money/T-Shirt that “maximizes audience engagement and user experience,” says Curt Chandler

12) Storytelling as an illustrated documentary series, like Correspondent Confidential from VICE by Carrie Ching. (H/T Curt Chandler)

13) Storytelling in The Guardian’s organized, multimedia mashup: Snowden (H/T Bob Sacha)

14) Read it also in Chinese — Forging an Art Market in China, The NYT (H/T Jena Heath)

15) Immersive storytelling via Des Moines, Oculus Rift

16) The famous Vox card stacks — structured storytelling.

And Berkeley’s work-in-progress categorizing all the different forms of storytelling … (Thanks, Paul Grabowicz!)

17) Ferguson VR via views of witnesses http://static.fusion.net/ferguson-stories/index.html