The Week in Multimedia – August 29th, 2016

Editor’s Note: This article is the first in a weekly series documenting the best in multimedia journalism. While, in the future, we will recap the week prior, this article recaps the entire month of August.

The multimedia world saw a lot of innovation in the month of August. The landmark Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro and the ongoing Syrian Civil War and refugee crisis have spurred some remarkable work from the New York Times, the Washington Post, and Vox alike.

Here are some highlights from August:

The New York Times – Olympic Bodies: Can You Guess Their Sport 

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Video by Alan Del Rio Ortiz and Leslye Davis. Lighting by Philip Montgomery. Produced by Taige Jensen, Matt Ruby, Bedel Saget, Rumsey Taylor, Lucas Waldron and Joe Ward.

This culmination of video, photography, and graphics comes together to create a truly unique take on the 2016 Summer Olympics coverage. View photos of United States Olympic and Paralympic athletes, guess their sport, and learn more about the athlete and the build that it takes to compete at the highest level of their sport.

Vox – Watch the climate debate devolve into nonsense in the 10 years since An Inconvenient Truth
By Joss Fong and Joe Posner

Tracking the climate change debate from June 2006 to the present, this video features a combination of infographics, print, audio clippings, and interviews to break down the timeline of climate change over the past 10 years.

The New York Times – One Photo of a Syrian Child Caught the World’s Attention. These 7 Went Unnoticed. 

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By Anne Barnard and Hwaida Saad

After a photo of a young boy from Aleppo went viral, the photo has since become a mark of the conflict in Syria. This photo series features a number of images that are just as eye catching as the boy from Aleppo.

The Washington Post – These portraits try to turn the image of fatherhood in poverty upside down

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Phyllis B. Dooney, The New York Times

This photo series utilizes a unique style as Dooney wanted to “visually represent the counter-influence of public and private life.” With projections of New York scenes across the interior walls of their apartments, the fathers pose with their children in a stark portrayal of the outside looking in.

The New York Times – Tools of Modern Terror
By C.J. Chivers with illustrations by Attila Futaki

C.J. Chivers with illustrations by Attila Futaki, The New York Times

C.J. Chivers with illustrations by Attila Futaki, The New York Times

A timeline graphic coupled with colorful illustrations makes for a cartoon-like take on a dark topic. Not only does the timeline feature the illustrations, it also features photography and infographics forming a perfect combination of multimedia.

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