Breaking news on Breaking News

This category (1A) requires that content is created on deadline in reaction to a breaking story.

Five are from NYTimes.com, one from AP and one WashingtonPost.com.

The Extent of the Fires

Judges’ comments:

Important information made graphically accessible. Good use of two navigation systems: the list of names and the slider for dates. The magnification and movability of the map is also a plus.

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Election Guide 2008: Democratic Map and Republican Map

Judges’ comments:

Concise and accessible on every level. A terrific model for other publications.

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Voices from the Polls

Judges’ comments:

This is an excellent person-on-the-street idea, which might’ve been made even better with more voices and participation. Like most NYTimes.com presentations, Voices from the Polls is well-produced and user-friendly, with more ways of manipulating the information than first meet the eye. However, with only 124 “voices” nationwide, that’s just a handful from each location. It’s not clear how these reactions were captured or how the speakers were selected. More context and contributions might have made this good presentation even better.

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Voices of the Voters: Ohio and Texas

Judges’ comments:

I really like this feature. It makes the heavy content personable and the filtering function is intuitive.

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Crane Collapse in Manhattan

Judges’ comments:

Great breaking news infographic. Good job concentrating on one angle of the event and displaying several potential problems. I was still left with questions though. Who designed the bridge? Who built it? Did this company have any previous accidents with other projects? What was their immediate response to this collapse?

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Myanmar Cyclone

Judges’ comments:

Great package for a breaking news event. I enjoyed exploring the different views of the map, as well as learning tidbits about other natural disasters and Myanmar in general. I would have liked the opportunity to click to a certain hour in “Storm Tracker,” rather than being forced to use the prev/next buttons.

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Democratic Marathon: The Finale

Judges’ comments:

Love the interface. An extra point for unusual interface design.

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