Friday, September 19, 2008

Las Vegas Sun ahead of the curve

Posted by Craig Kanalley on 9/19/2008
Just a few weeks ago, Las Vegas Sun multimedia producer Zach Wise accepted a promotion to the top of the journalism world. He's now a multimedia producer at the New York Times.

Mr. Wise does extraordinary work. He earned an M.A. in Photojournalism at Ohio University and launched into a highly successful career. Interactive multimedia, online video and audio, Wise has done it all, and he's done it brilliantly. He's definitely someone I admire, as I pursue an M.A. in Journalism at DePaul and hope to head toward the online world of newspapers, as well.

Wise's Web site, www.digitalartwork.net, shows some of the great stuff he was up to at the Las Vegas Sun. Some really fascinating projects - my favorite is the fireworks one, which can be seen here. Wise was a big part of why the L.V. Sun is so ahead of the game when it comes to online journalism. Credit the Greenspun Media Group as well - an independent and privately-owned, LOCAL company that heads up the Sun and a cluster of other publications in the Las Vegas market. They took the initiative to expand their Web coverage, and they've led the way in this field to the point where the N.Y. Times is taking notice.

Below I've posted some screenshots of some of the cool stuff the Las Vegas Sun is up to. And I have to give some credit to Mindy McAdam's online journalism blog...that's where I first found out about the Las Vegas Sun's online initiatives, and as a result stumbled upon Mr. Wise's Web site and his work.

Interactive map, showing "The Strip" over the years

In-depth weather report with animated graphics and weather history

Useful databases, calculators, and other applications

In-depth high school sports coverage with audio/video and more - including a PLAYER PAGE for every H.S. athlete in Las Vegas!

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