Online and multimedia storytelling from the 2010 Pulitzer Prize winners

In today’s digital media environment, it’s not enough to produce a lengthy print piece — you’ve got to have some sort of web element that adds to and enhances it. The following Pulitzer Prize-winning stories show that the traditional print stories can be married with multimedia and online projects to create a more dynamic and enticing story package.

Ian Fisher: American Soldier

The Denver Post
Winner: Feature Photography

The gripping tale of one soldier’s journey from high school senior to deployment in Iraq is told through photos, text, video, and slideshows.

Lakewood Police shooting

The Seattle Times
Winner: Breaking News Reporting

The Seattle Times used live updates, Google Wave and an interactive timelines (created with Dipity) to track the shooting of four police officers.

The Deadly Choices at Memorial

ProPublica/New York Times
Winner: Investigative Reporting

In addition to a print piece that ran on ProPublica and the Times’ website, the story of one hospital’s ordeal during Hurricane Katrina included interactive pieces, timelines, and graphics and compelling video.

The Burger That Shattered Her Life

The New York Times
Winner: Explanatory Reporting

The New York Times story and accompanying infographic showed just how dangerous a hamburger can be.

Fatal Distraction

The Washington Post
Winner: Feature Writing

Gene Weingarten’s account of parents whose children died after being left in cars includes a photo slideshow of grieving family members and an audio interview with one family.

Iraq series

The Washington Post
Winner: International Reporting

Adjacent to each of Anthony Shadid’s insightful stories on Iraq and its future is a photo slideshow that tells the story of the country in a visual way.

Cashing in on Kids

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Winner: Local Reporting

Raquel Rutledge’s series on a taxpayer-financed child-care system in Wisconsin includes video, photos, and audio.

Driven to distraction

The New York Times
Winner: National Reporting

Arguably one of the most interesting components of the Times’ package on the effect of cell phones on driving is this interactive game that challenges readers to see how they would fare while driving distracted.


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