The Wall Street Journal continued to innovate with visual digital storytelling this year by investing in virtual reality, 3D modeling, big data, interactive video, and unique visuals that explain the world to readers in ways that can’t be accomplished with text alone.
As concern grew over Facebook “echo chambers,” where users see posts only from like-minded friends and media sources, WSJ created an original tool that gave a side-by-side look at real conversations from both sides of the political spectrum.
Donald Trump did something rare in politics: created a new coalition of voters. Back in January, as the paths to the Republican nomination began to take shape, we explained how he formed this coalition. We created a data-driven visualization that used groups of voters—each supporting different Republican candidates—moving around a digital room. This breathed new life into the data in a way no one has seen before, yet it was instantly understandable.
In November, we launched this feature, which made us the first news organization to support virtual reality and 360° video across all platforms. As all VR on mobile requires an in-app experience, we created our very own VR/360° video player and placed it directly into our flagship WSJ app. By enabling instantaneous WiFi streaming, we were able to frictionlessly deliver this capability to the millions of people on mobile and seamlessly present the content within articles—instead of asking viewers to download separate apps or files in order to view the content. Not wanting to ignore our desktop visitors, we provided draggable 360° video and Oculus support in conjunction with third party Vrideo.
This U.S. Open project combines video with interactivity to make a unique mobile-first web game that puts readers in the shoes of tennis judges. We track user guesses to produce comparisons against other readers, giving immediate feedback.
This immersive presentation combines video, animated 3D renderings and interactive graphics into a compelling story about Tour de France cyclists.