Cycling’s road forward – Washington Post

This piece from the Washington Post is an engaging and fresh piece of sports journalism. The entire story is contained on the same page, and the reader simply scrolls down, but the story is broken up into 5 sections which you can also navigate through separately by choosing the numbers at the top.

I enjoyed this piece because I am not particularly interested in cycling, but I was drawn in and read everything in the piece.

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The story includes photos, videos, audio and interactive graphics. I personally do not think the way the videos are incorporated is the most sleek way it could have been done, but the videos themselves add a lot to the story. You have to click on them separately to have them play and they have an advertisement first.

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My favorite part of this piece is the interactive graphic showing a map of the ride, and below that, the tracking of the cyclist’s power, heart rate, speed and cadence. The reader can scroll through the ride and see what is challenging about each part. After seeing this I am even more impressed by professional cyclists. I also love how the graphic is another header, which were just photos before. It is a very seamless incorporation of an interactive element. And there is audio that you can play while looking at it.

Overall this piece was a fantastic example of a long, informative piece that still keeps the reader interested and engaged.



2 responses to “Cycling’s road forward – Washington Post

  1. I really enjoyed the simplicity of this multimedia story. There was still a lot of elements, but not so much going on that it was overwhelming. I also enjoy how you only have to scroll down to progress the story. Another interesting navigation tool is at the bottom of the page. I think this is important in case you want to go back to a chapter that you enjoyed, you have access to this on the bottom of the page. The graphics were very informative and the photographs and video were very good. The story was long, but since scrolling and navigating is so easy, I’d imagine viewers stay on the page for a longer amount of time.

    Great choice!

  2. I really like this design though it reminds me it looks a little bit like snow fall from NY times. I like the type size, it is big for nice readability. The organization of each pieces of story are connected by simply vertically scrolling.

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