Great online journalism from non-traditional journalists

It’s easy to be inspired by the work of mainstream media powerhouses like The New York Times and CNN, but there is great multimedia to be found outside of the traditional journalism sphere.

The role of individual musicians in an orchestra is illustrated in the following clip from the short film “Das Sein und das Nichts”. As the music plays, the contribution from each musical instrument is visually represented.

Many people are aware of the spread of HIV, but unclear about how the disease attacks the body. The slick-looking video “Targeting HIV replication” is more Star Wars than PSA and interprets the debilitating process in a very easy facile manner.

People in Order, a series of short films that translates statistics in a very visual and emotional way, is one of the greatest video series to emerge this year. The four shorts by filmmakers Lenka Clayton and James Price were filmed over four weeks in February and arranged 471 Brits by age, yearly income, relationship length and pregnancy.

The embedded videos are “New Age, BANG, Old Age,” in which a person of every age, between 1 and 100, bangs a single drum. The second is “New Love Order” in which 48 couples are arranged by length of their relationship. The other two films are “We Make This Much Money” and a video showing women at various stages of pregnancy.

Along the lines of People in Order and a previous post about finding multimedia in the mundane is a series of photos dubbed “Taking pictures of strangers,” courtesy of mental_floss blog. The photos of random people are innately compelling without the need for a news hook or a nut graf.

A series of video and flat graphics illustrate how New York reaches out to the rest of the world. The project tracked international phone calls and ISP connections between NYC and locations around the globe and it is presented in a visually arresting way. The multimedia project is available online and is on display at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Finally, this simple, yet effective animated gif of how a sewing machine works takes what could have been a flat graphic and turned it into a hypnotic, “so that’s how it works” moment.