Note: This blog post was for assignment two in Journalism 1000.
John Branch’s Pulitzer prize-winning feature article “Snow Fall” tells the story of a fatal avalanche in the Cascade Mountains of Washington state. The story is greatly enhanced by its utilization of multimedia elements, including video, animation, graphics and other sidebar additions. The project is a six-part story that is accompanied with repetitive video additions, geographical information and character biographies.
Branch himself had already racked up plenty of experience with long-form feature writing before working on “Snow Fall.” He was a Pulitzer finalist in 2012 for his story “A Boy Learns to Brawl” that followed the life and death of one of hockey’s most feared fighters, Derek Boogaard. But his work for “Snow Fall” was scores above anything he had previously accomplished; and he knew it. “Ten years ago, I couldn’t have imagined journalism where it…
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