Have you seen our very cool Gitmo force-feeding interactive? Here’s our NewsBeast Labs post about how we did it (featuring some choice quotes from me):
Yesterday, we published an illustrated guide on force-feeding at Guantanamo Bay. Here’s how we made it.
The hunger strike at Guantanamo Bay has been consistently in the news for months but with little action on the part of the Obama administration, there havn’t been many new developments to report. Abby Haglage, one of our staff reporters, wanted to brainstorm ways we could tell this ongoing story in a fresh way.
Clarisa Diaz, our NewsBeast Labs Summer Fellow and current graduate student in Design and Technology at Parsons, Abby and I started reading the recent coverage. We all came to the conclusion that force-feeding had been mentioned a great deal — organizations such as the UN and the American Medical Association have denounced it in this circumstance — but none of us had a clear idea as to what this process was really like from reading these stories. So how do we show that?
After some discussion, a step-by-step animated walkthrough showing the force-feeding process detainees undergo, based on the Gitmo standard operating procedures, seemed like the most effective way to tell that story. To finish off the meeting, Clarisa suggested instead of merely having buttons walkthrough, we time it to the reader’s scroll — which is something my deskmate Sam Schlinkert would refer to as “next level.”