Interactive Journalism: Putting You In The War

Since the dawn of photojournalism in the mid 19th century and then with the advent of video journalism, observers have been confined to viewing the single perspective originally captured by the photographer. Enter Condition One, an immersive, interactive way to capture and replay journalism footage. The days of one viewpoint are numbered.

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Slumdog Photographer of the Decade

Jonas Bendiksen, photographer for Magnum and creator of The Places We Live.

There are all kinds of places we as humans live.  We live in three bedroom homes, apartments and studios, closets in New York, caves in Turkey, sailboats and even teepees. At times, we also live on streets, cardboard mats and in scrapmetal sheds. The list can go on.

As we continue to grow as a community, more and more individuals are moving into cities for work opportunities. This makes these urban dwellings absolutely massive and many find themselves living in slums, high rise cement apartments or another form of alternative housing. Worldwide there are one billion people who live in urban slums, and that number will double in twenty five years according to the United Nations.

Jonas Bendiksen is a Norwegian photographer who shoots for the co-operative, Magnum Photo in New York City. In partnership with the Nobel Peace Center, Jonas shot photos of some of the largest urban and slum dwellings in our world today and made it interactive. Here are a few snapshots of what Jonas saw while he was traveling around the world.

GASLAND: Documenting Fire in the Water

Have you ever had your tap water catch on fire? This and other strange signs of massive pollution are hitting the United States as the largest natural gas drilling boom in history sweeps the country. Using a Halliburton developed technology called “fracking,” or hydraulic fracturing, companies across the nation are tapping into a “Saudi Arabia of natural gas” just below the surface of many states. But is fracking safe? Legislation in 2005 literally abolished any need for industry to follow the standards of the Safe Drinking Water, Clean Air and Clean Water Acts, so when filmmaker Josh Fox was asked to lease his land for drilling, he set off across the country to find out the consequences of this new technique.

Creating Graphics for the New York Times

What is the most effective, clear way to share information? For many today, the answer is infographics. In this short interview, New York Times Graphics Director Steven Duenes and Graphics Editor Archie Tse discuss what goes into making a good, quick and concise visualization of data and what communicates best to their readers.

For many of the best New York Times infographics on everything from entertainment to social studies, check out their post here.

Protests in Egypt: Marching Against Mubarak (Infographic)


On January 25, 2011, Egyptians began the first of a series of rallies to protest low minimum wage, high unemployment, and lack of freedom of the press under President Hosni Mubarak. The February 1 rally marked the largest day of protest so far.

An original infographic by Visual News

How Graphics are Changing the Way We View Information

When was the last time you saw a graph get a standing ovation? The people at BBC Newsnight sat down for a conversation with David McCandless, author of both the book (and eponymous blog), Information is Beautiful, as well as Neville Brody (previously of “The Face”,  and founder of the renown Research Studios) Here they discuss the history of sharing statistical information and as well as emergent methods by which information is designed and explained. We’ve come a long way since the simple pie chart.

War: Business as Usual


The crew over at The Vice Guide to Everything hit up a trade show in Amman Jordan… no, not featuring comic books or new futuristic cars… but guns, missiles, bombs, and armored cars. Men in suits hock the latest in high tech weaponry to members of the military from all around the world. People are cordial, then head home to get back to fighting one another. Welcome to The Business of War.

A Julian Assange Portrait Made with 3D Globes

Playing off the globes in the hourglass logo of the WikiLeaks website, computer artist Charis Tsevis has created a highly detailed portrait of Julian Assange. Represented entirely using 3d images of the earth, each planet is rotated so their different face dictates the color. The original image is a hugely detailed 6656 x 6656 pixels. We think it is absolutely brilliant.

A Rap about WikiLeaks ft. Julian Assange


If you’ve been searching high and low for a news source crossing the rap stylings of Eminem with the news from the Daily Show, look no further. Rap News, the guys responsible for turning “bollocks-news” into something comedic and digestible, recently turned out a video featuring a guest appearance by Wikileaks founder Julian Assange.