Start - Otto’s Journey 2011 on the roof of the world: Gunther Holtorf with Otto against the backdrop of Mount Everest When Gunther Holtorf looks at a map, memories immediately pop up in his head: memories of past visits, encounters and adventures. Pick up any country –he has been there. Or at least every country you can get to with a four-wheel drive car. A Real-Time Account of an Early Nazi Concentration Camp - Brian Resnick - National Years before the gas chambers and the death marches, "Dr. X" spent several weeks imprisoned at Sachsenhausen. This is how he described it to Atlantic readers of his time. ChicagoGeek/Flickr California's Getting Fracked California s Getting Fracked Everything oil companies aren’t telling you about the extent of fracking in California, and what it means for your food, water, and health.
Holocaust Timeline: The Night of the Long Knives The four million brown shirted Nazi storm troopers, the SA (Sturmabteilung), included many members who actually believed in the 'socialism' of National Socialism and also wanted to become a true revolutionary army in place of the regular German Army. But to the regular Army High Command and its conservative supporters, this potential storm trooper army represented a threat to centuries old German military traditions and the privileges of rank. Adolf Hitler had been promising the generals for years he would restore their former military glory and break the "shackles" of the Treaty of Versailles which limited the Army to 100,000 men and prevented modernization. For Adolf Hitler, the behavior of the SA was a problem that now threatened his own political survival and the entire future of the Nazi movement.
How what you eat demands more water than you think it does - Los Angeles Times California's crippling drought has prompted conservation efforts, such as replacing grass lawns and minding how long you leave the tap water running. But what about the food on your plate? Agriculture uses 80% of California's water supply, and producing what you eat can require a surprising amount of water. Give me a random plate 276 gallons Eggs: ounces Animated WW2 Map Europe GERMAN EXPANSION 1933 – The Nazi Party came to power in Germany (the Third Reich forms). Hitler began to rebuild the military in direct violation of the Treaty of Versailles (secretly at first, and in public by 1935 – the Western democracies do nothing). March 1936 – Germans occupied the Rhineland with troops – again violating the Treaty of Versailles and again resulting in no reaction from the Western democracies. March 1938 – Austria was annexed by the Third Reich.
The Best Online Storytelling and Journalism of 2014 5) A Big Year for Crowdsourcing and Eyewitness Media The term crowdsourcing is nearly 10 years old, but in 2014 crowdsourcing in journalism took a few big steps forward. Right at the end of 2013 user generated content and eyewitness media got a boost when Storyful was purchased by News Corp (my take here). In Syria Shattered Storyful worked with the Wall Street Journal for a three part series weaving together incredible before and after pictures, poignant original video and eyewitness video sourced from YouTube users.
The Best Sites For Learning About Pearl Harbor With Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day coming up tomorrow, December 7th, I thought I’d put together a quick “The Best…” list of useful resources. I know it’s a bit late, but at least you can use it for planning next year. Here are my picks, not in order of preference, of The Best Sites For Learning About Pearl Harbor (and that are accessible to English Language Learners):
Introducing Pulp and Pulp Press How we made our first comics-journalism feature—and the tools for you to make one, too Last week, Al Jazeera America published its first piece of comics journalism—a co-production between reporter Michael Keller and cartoonist Josh Neufeld. “Terms of Service: Understanding our role in the world of Big Data” is an illustrated look at privacy and technology in an age where people are putting more and more of their personal information online, or using new devices like sensors to record their exercise and sleeping habits. One of our big questions was how this comic would look online and on phones. We thought we would walk through some of design process and also document some of the code tricks we learned along the way. The final products are a web viewer, Pulp, and the comic-maker interface, Pulp Press, that we have just released as a free and open source project.
World War II: The Holocaust - Alan Taylor - In Focus One of the most horrific terms in history was used by Nazi Germany to designate human beings whose lives were unimportant, or those who should be killed outright: Lebensunwertes Leben, or "life unworthy of life". The phrase was applied to the mentally impaired and later to the "racially inferior," or "sexually deviant," as well as to "enemies of the state" both internal and external. From very early in the war, part of Nazi policy was to murder civilians en masse, especially targeting Jews. Later in the war, this policy grew into Hitler's "final solution", the complete extermination of the Jews.
Web Tools for Multimedia Storytelling - Tech@CUNYJTech@CUNYJ Want to make your stories more engaging? Here are a few tools that might help The world is an immersive, sensory experience. Shouldn’t our stories be too? Holocaust Timeline Jump to: 1938 1939 1940 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945 1933 January 30, 1933 - Adolf Hitler is appointed Chancellor of Germany a nation with a Jewish population of 566,000. February 22, 1933 - 40,000 SA and SS men are sworn in as auxiliary police. February 27, 1933 - Nazis burn Reichstag building to create crisis atmosphere. February 28, 1933 - Emergency powers granted to Hitler as a result of the Reichstag fire. The Best Online Storytelling and Journalism of 2013 In 2012 I posted a round-up of the best online journalism of the year, which grew as others added their favorites. My list focused on journalism that could only be done online, the kind of storytelling that take advantage of the unique opportunities the Internet provides. This tended to be deeply visual reporting that wove together text, audio, images and videos. As I created my 2013 list however, I saw much more data journalism and an increasing use of tools that engaged readers or rethought the basic flow of storytelling for a more participatory audience. The ghosts of the New York Time’s “Snow Fall” article from 2012 haunted debates about online journalism in 2013 – it even became a verb.
Hiroshima Atomic Bombing Remembered with Google Earth During the final days of World War II, the United States dropped devastating atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. More than 65 years later, Hidenori Watanave, an associate professor of Tokyo Metropolitan University, has created a digital archive to preserve the memory of the Hiroshima bombing. A complement to the Nagasaki archive launched in 2010, the Hiroshima Archive layers historical resources into Google Earth, giving users the chance to explore a panoramic view of Hiroshima, survivor accounts, aerial photos, 3D topographical data, and building models.