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Hacking Global Voices Special Coverage

How could we make Global Voices complex, ongoing stories more beautiful, accessible and useful? MIT Media Lab’s Center for Civic Media invited a diverse group of technology and storytelling mavens to a full day of hacking, using the example of our recent special coverage of the #Shahbag protests in Bangladesh as a way to explore online storytelling techniques. Ivan Sigal shares learnings from the day. Other notes from Matthew Battles on Metalab and Heather Craig on Center for Civic Media's blog.

  • A better way to integrate visuals (photo slideshows that can be operated via keyboard when your viewport is over them) would be lovely. I love the side by side translations of content, so don’t change that a bit.

    Also important, from a narrative perspective, is being able to draw out certain posts/articles/pieces of information as more important or more impactful than the rest, so that those who only wish for the most important strokes get an accurate picture, and those who wish to deep dive every single article can do so too.

    At an even more basic level, arranging all the “feature-ettes” (insert your own name for them) together via a tag or shared interface would be useful. Perhaps a map? Click on a country and get all feature-ettes that involve it? I dunno :D

    Thanks for doing the things you do! :)

  • Solana Larsen

    Thanks so much for the additional feedback, much appreciated!

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