Storytelling Tools

InfoCubesKnight Lab

InfoCubes is an experiment designed to help students, staff and faculty understand shared experience information spaces. It also functions as an information hub and informative introduction to the Knight Lab. The project utilizes a technique called projection mapping to create many faceted screens that inhabit three-dimensional space. It is currently installed in the entryway to the Knight Lab.

JuxtaposeKnight Lab

Juxtapose helps storytellers compare two pieces of similar media, including photos, and GIFs. It’s ideal for highlighting then/now stories that explain slow changes over time (growth of a city skyline, regrowth of a forest, etc.) or before/after stories that show the impact of single dramatic events (natural disasters, protests, wars, etc.).

Scene VRKnight Lab

SceneVR is an engaging way to tell stories from an entirely new perspective. It turns your collection of panoramic and VR-ready photos into a slideshow of navigable scenes, allowing you to create unique 360° narratives.

SensorGridKnight Lab

SensorGrid is a project developed by the Knight Lab to empower communities, journalists and citizen scientists to accurately, affordably and efficiently monitor urban air quality.

StoryMap JSKnight Lab

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

Timeline JSKnight Lab

TimelineJS is an open-source tool that enables anyone to build visually rich, interactive timelines. It has been used by more than 250,000 people to tell stories seen by hundreds of millions. It also available in more than 60 languages.

Editorial Projects

Blueprints for the MideastThe New York Times

Two cities on the Persian Gulf, Doha and Abu Dhabi are the settings for vast construction projects, including major new museums designed by some of the world's most celebrated architects.

Character BuildingThe New York Times

Tony-nominated actors perform scenes from their shows out of costume but in character.

Choosing a PresidentThe New York Times

A look back at the two-year campaign for president.

3 Awards
2008 Peabody Award
Best of Photojournalism
2009 1st Road to Office Multimedia Package
Best of Photojournalism
2009 1st Road to Office Video

Anticipation on a City BlockThe New York Times

Residents of one Washington city block, where two churches for decades symbolized the nation’s racial divide, come together to open their doors to a nation on Inauguration Day.

Construction Deaths on the StripLas Vegas Sun

In the shadows of the cranes, steel, and concrete upon which Las Vegas has pinned its addiction to growth, a body count has emerged.

2 Awards
Pulitzer Prize
2009 Public Service
National Journalism Awards
2009 1st Public Service Reporting

History of Las VegasLas Vegas Sun

The history of Las Vegas is the ultimate American rags-to-riches story, filled with unusual heroes and foes. This 103-year-old saga follows the city through its incredible ups and downs, and highlights how and where some of the U.S.’s most monumental moments occurred.

A Light in the DarkOpen Society Foundation

People who use drugs often face stigma and discrimination when trying to get basic health care. Based in St. Petersburg—a city where 70% of HIV cases are the result of injecting drug use—the Humanitarian Action Fund fights for the health and human rights of injecting drug users, as well as other marginalized groups such as sex workers, migrants, and street children.

Losing Louisiana

Prior to 2005, Louisiana coast wetlands lost an average of 25 square miles per year. Preliminary USGS estimates show that Hurricanes Katrina and Rita have destroyed an additional 100 square miles.

A Moment in TimeThe New York Times

Earth, covered by stacks of thousands of virtual photographs, corresponding in location to where they were taken by Lens readers at one “Moment in Time” (15:00 U.T.C., Sunday, May 2).

Places to GoThe New York Times

From the Aegean Sea to Zambia, this year’s most compelling destinations are awash in sublime landscapes, cutting-edge art, gala music festivals, and stylish new resorts.

Pogue-O-MaticThe New York Times

An interactive gadget finder featuring personalized buying advice from New York Times technology columnist David Pogue.

1 Awards
SABEW Best in Business
2008 1st Creative Use of Online

Soul of AthensOhio University

What is the soul of the 200-year-old community of Athens, Ohio? Athens soul is restless. Its stories lie beneath the bricks, waiting to be exposed. Precariously balanced on the tip of cosmopolitan Appalachia, its uninhibited subcultures test the bounds of predictability.

3 Awards
Best of Photojournalism
2008 1st Best Use of the Web
Best of Photojournalism
2008 1st Best Multimedia Package
Pictures of the Year
2008 2nd Best Use Multimedia

Memories of Sugar HillThe New York Times

In a time of discrimination and segregation, young people growing up in an area of Harlem known as Sugar Hill right before and after World War II found success and inspiration all around them. Explore the people who lived in Sugar Hill and hear the stories of those who grew up there.

At the Car LotThis American Life

The sales team at Town and Country Jeep Chrysler Dodge Ram in Levittown, NY, is hustling to sell their quota: 129 new cars by the end of the month.

Emails from a Dead ManThis American Life

There are still tens of thousands of Iraqis whose lives are in danger because they worked with the United States during the war. We — Americans — have known about this issue for years: we’ve gotten angry about it, talked about it, written about it, passed multiple laws about it, but we have never quite solved it once and for all.

A Valentine Sampler of Radio StoriesThis American Life

Landing page for This American Life in conjunction with Google's doodle for Valentine's Day.

Thirst in the MojaveLas Vegas Sun

Southern Nevada water managers say they can no longer rely on the river so heavily, and must construct a massive pipeline to draw water stored underground for centuries in rural Nevada to Las Vegas.

4 Awards
Online News Association
Best Multimedia Feature Presentation
Associated Press Media Editors
2009 1st Journalism Excellence Online Convergence
Best of Photojournalism
2009 1st Best Use of Multimedia
Best of Photojournalism
2009 1st News or Feature Multimedia Package

Design Projects

Knight Lab WebsiteKnight Lab

Northwestern University Knight Lab is a community of designers, developers, students, and educators working on experiments designed to push journalism into new spaces.

LearnKnight Lab

Digital Journalism, Bit by Bit. The web is a journalist's medium. It influences every part of the journalistic process, from how we find and gather information, to how we craft our stories, to how we track the far reaches of our content. Understanding how it works can only make us better journalists. The best way to know the web is to take charge of it. We're using open web technologies to build stories, apps, tools, and sites. You can too. If there's one thing we understand, it's that learning is a messy process. Come roll around in the mud with us.

LENSThe New York Times

Lens is the photojournalism blog of The New York Times, presenting the finest and most interesting visual and multimedia reporting — photographs, videos and slide shows. A showcase for Times photographers, it also seeks to highlight the best work of other newspapers, magazines and news and picture agencies; in print, in books, in galleries, in museums and on the Web.

Local News InitiativeKnight Lab

With local journalism in crisis, Northwestern University has assembled a team of experts in digital innovation, audience understanding and business strategy. The goal: reinvent the relationship between news organizations and audiences to elevate enterprises that empower citizens.

OrangelineKnight Lab

Orangeline is a style guide and design framework to build and publish in the Knight Lab.