Pakistan Floods (How to Help) – Web Special Report

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.

Topic Page Proposal

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:

A standard special report template.  This one was about H1N1 swine flu.

A standard special report template. This one was about H1N1 swine flu.

A full-length view of the Pakistan flooding special report page

A full-length view of the Pakistan flooding special report page

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