How They Did It — Part I.

Spotting Storytelling Tools in The Wild.


Egypt in Turmoil: A Timeline by Al Jazeera America.

Tool: Timeline.js

TimelineJS is an open-source tool that enables you to build visually-rich interactive timelines:


Crisis in Crimea: A Story Map by Mashable

Tool: Arcgis Storymaps

Story maps combine interactive maps and multimedia content into elegant user experiences.


How the Islamic State is carving out a new country: A Story Map by The Washington Post

Tool: StoryMapsJS

StoryMapJS is a free tool to help you tell stories on the web that highlight the locations of a series of events.


48 Hours of Gun Violence. A Storymap by NY Daily News

Tool: Odyssey.js

Mix written narrative, multimedia, map based interaction into a beautiful map driven story.


Women in the business of defending firearms. Sound Article by News 21.

Tool: Soundcite

SoundCite is a simple-to-use tool that lets you add inline audio to your story.


Career tips from world’s leading bosses. Interactive Mind Map by CNN

Tool: Mattermap

A free tool to create a mind map of crowdsourced information or quotes from the web.


Le Petit Vietnam de France. Before and After Interactive by TV5 Monde.

Tool: Widgetic

A wide range of widgets to make your content interactive.

This is a growing list of storytelling tools and platforms as they are actually used by different newsrooms and journalists. Know any other great examples? Leave a comment or send us a mail:

Don’t forget to check: ‘How They Did It’ — Part II