Perhaps it’s just the nippy fall weather descending, but we have a multiplicity of crowdsourced, interactive and on-the-horizon projects. So, depending on your constitution, here are some nuggets of future-of-journalism ideas to make you itchy or jazz you up. Either way, you’ll have the weekend to work it out.
“A Year at War” from The New York Times. A comprehensive interactive project that follows the First Battalion, 87th Infantry of the 10th Mountain Division as it heads to Afghanistan. This reminds us of AP’s 2009 “Killer Blue” project on steroids. Videos from 15 seconds to several minutes show everything from a morning shave to personal reflections on leaving home. Visitors are invited to stay tuned all year to follow the battalion’s experiences at war, and to contribute letters, photos and video to the project.
“Torn Apart” from Dai Sugano of the San Jose Mercury News (via @koci). A wife and mother tries to stop the deportation of her husband and gets arrested, too. What happens to a family when six children stand to lose both parents?
“Ramadan 2010 – Your Images” from the Boston Globe’s “The Big Picture.” A vibrant photo essay marking the end of a month of fasting for Muslim communities around the world.
“The Week in Wildlife” from the Guardian (via @otolythe). A collection of animal pictures made more interesting by links to stories in the captions (though we’re less excited about clicking to a press release for the sea slug image).
“Where Good Ideas Come From” by Stephen Johnson on YouTube (via @mediastorm). A four-minute video of an illustration-in-process explains a concept, start to finish.
“Meet Nelson, Coupland and Alice” three different possible futures for books. Do you love them, or do you wish they would go away?