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Readers interested in multi-media storytelling and its uses in science journalism may enjoy Scum, a 2017 story from reporter Tony Bartelme and a team of photographers and web developers at the Pulitzer-Prize winning publication The Post and Courier. Scum explores "colonies of fast-growing algae and bacteria" that created a nation-wide crisis. The interactive module takes readers on a journey that pairs investigative and scientific reporting with mesmerizing images to paint a vivid picture of the devastating effects of catastrophic algae blooms on communities across the country. It also includes insightful explanations of the health, economic, ecological, and social impact of these blooms. Readers can click through the entire story, or use the upper bar to select which of the following subsections they'd like to read: "Running amuck," "Toxic algae blooms," "Lake Hartwell algae bloom," "Charleston's first line of defense," or "About Hollings Marine Lab." In addition to scrolling through the story itself, readers can explore the interactive map, which pinpoints where these blooms have occurred. Not only does the story reveal a "portrait of muck and disruption," but it demonstrates the ways that multi-media tools can allow readers to engage with stories in unconventional and exciting ways.
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2020-01-31
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