Newspapers and magazines have rushed to embrace multimedia without really knowing if the time and expense are going to be worthwhile investments, at least from a business standpoint.
But from a journalistic standpoint, every now and then a project comes along that makes you see how powerfully effective all the various new storytelling tools can be. "Ian Fisher: American Soldier" from the Denver Post is one of those projects.
It's the story of a high school graduate who decides to enlist in the Army, and it follows him through basic training, his deployment to Iraq, and his return home. It's beautifully written, the photography and videos are breathtaking, and the presentation is clean and inviting. And at the heart of it all is a story worth telling.
"From the home front to the stark landscape of Diwaniyah, the images capture Ian's day-to-day experiences as a recruit, soldier, son and friend."The project's home page is here.
Kudos all around.