Harnessing the power of platforms is the smartest move a digital publisher can make. I’ve written about it before, it’s the winning concept — for users, for storytelling, for tech. Wanting to brag for a moment on the way @washingtonpost got it on the shutdown story by engaging with readers this way.
Desired effect: To understand and show how people across the country felt the impact.
Desktop: Centerpiece on the homepage; huge win for digital first. Dynamic map that is updated as user data is being fed in. Interactive display that lets you sort comments.
Mobile / Social: Elegant mobile presentation. Geo-locates by your phone or asks for your zip. Feeds larger map.
Print: Makes it to A1 and brings the front page alive. Shows the human side of impact. Gives context to the process and politics story.