Ampp3d and UsVsTh3m: 7 of their best moments

Trinity Mirror are closing Ampp3d and UsVsTh3m. Here are just 7 of their best moments, in reverse order. Are there any you think should be here too?

7. Has the Royal Baby been born yet?/Not The Royal Baby Live Blog

Journalists will liveblog anything. UsVsTh3m liveblogged nothing, twice. Narrowly beats the Ed Balls Day liveblog on the basis of two strong simple concepts and minimal work involved (a string of GIFs/cute animal pictures).

6. GCHQ agents probably saw half a million c**ks in a six month period

Another dry and complex subject rendered accessible through penises.

5. Hey! We just fixed your chart for you

There was a strong tradition of fact checking at Ampp3d, and a whole genre of “Hey X! We just fixed your chart for you”. These were two of their visual highlights.

4. Play Your House Prices Right

Telling the story of rising house prices through a gameshow format. Where can you go wrong?

3. How a “90% accurate” Alzheimer’s test can be wrong 92% of the time

This was a story about false positives and statistics. Yes, we need more of this in the news.

2. That massive @Ukip surge in councillors in full

A quite brilliant use of Vine to bring data journalism to life. Anthropomorphism on a 6 second loop.

1. Live counter: Watch how much NHS money is going into private hands

Ampp3d pioneered the use of counters in journalism (see also: Watch Wayne Rooney’s earnings add up in real-time and Watch how many foreigners enter the UK. Every. Single. Second.). This has to be the best use of a counter I’ve seen: taking new technologies and applying it to campaigning journalism).

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