One of the things I’ve felt passionate about since starting at VOA is that we could do a much better job putting together special reports and topic pages.
In fact, I once floated a proposal to make topic pages the focus of how we present news on the web (the wiki-news model). Unsurprisingly, that proposal didn’t go anywhere. But I’ll embed it so you can take a look; I’m still rather proud of it.
Anyway, I finally got to play a bit with the layout and content of special reports when I built this one about the flooding in Pakistan.
It incorporates some background information, practical information on how to help, easy access to our best coverage, and a short listing of the most recent stories on the topic. Not exactly wiki-news, but an acceptable compromise. UPDATE: We’ve since re-used this layout in many special reports, and I expanded on it for our special report on the 2011 tsunami in Japan.
Compare this to our standard special reports: