I wrote a story for inewsource that published this morning about a long-ignored yet powerful law in San Diego requiring every person or corporation doing business with the city to disclose the financial interests behind themselves.
It’s a long read and typically we break those up with graphics (photographs or charts) or video vignettes. It makes the thing more digestible for readers.
The problem is, some stories just don’t lend themselves to photographs. How do you shoot a compelling photo of a law? Or capture “backroom deals” with a camera? Not really possible.
So for this story, we enlisted artist Ben Chlapek, a freelance illustrator, designer and printer out of Chicago with a unique style. He and I worked together to identify key elements from the story — a baseball stadium, a skyline and an exploding Rolls Royce — while some were left entirely to his discretion.
He scanned each drawing individually, then pieced them together for the story’s featured image. The individual scans allowed me to break the story up into manageable chunks while the featured image summarized the article in a way no photograph could.
Needless to say, I’m a big fan of Ben’s work and hope he’ll continue to produce for us at inewsource for a long time to come…