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#1 Rudi Fingers

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 11:17 AM

Inspired by DeJesus Built My Hotrod's post on the New York Times' multimedia article on the Tunnel Creek avalanche...

Post great long-form multimedia articles here - especially articles that push the boundaries of journalism with their layout as well as their content.

I'll start:

The Verge has a great article out today: "For Amusement Only:the life and death of the American Arcade".

The content (video and story) is great, but the incredible part is the layout - the scrolling call-out text over static images is mindblowing and original.

Edited by Rudi Fingers, 16 January 2013 - 11:18 AM.


#2 weeba

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 11:51 AM

The Verge has some great design work.

#3 weeba

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 11:52 AM

Be sure to book mark www.longform.org and www.longreads.com for more daily long form articles.

#4 Drocca


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Posted 16 January 2013 - 12:07 PM

I check both daily but find longform MUCH better than longreads. Longreads has less articles and their best are on longform anyway AND longform puts up awesome throw back articles.

#5 Rudi Fingers

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Posted 29 January 2013 - 01:12 PM

2 great long-formers:

 

1) A piece on that modern miracle known as the US Post Office in Esquire::  


The postal service is not a federal agency. It does not cost taxpayers a dollar. It loses money only because Congress mandates that it do so. What it is is a miracle of high technology and human touch. It's what binds us together as a country.

 

 

Also, a fantastic story on the Tijuana Xolos soccer team in SB Nation



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Posted 29 January 2013 - 03:27 PM

http://www.smithsoni...-188843001.html

 

Russian family cut off from human contact for 40 years, living in the wilderness.

 


Thus it was in the remote south of the forest in the summer of 1978. A helicopter sent to find a safe spot to land a party of geologists was skimming the treeline a hundred or so miles from the Mongolian border when it dropped into the thickly wooded valley of an unnamed tributary of the Abakan, a seething ribbon of water rushing through dangerous terrain. The valley walls were narrow, with sides that were close to vertical in places, and the skinny pine and birch trees swaying in the rotors' downdraft were so thickly clustered that there was no chance of finding a spot to set the aircraft down. But, peering intently through his windscreen in search of a landing place, the pilot saw something that should not have been there. It was a clearing, 6,000 feet up a mountainside, wedged between the pine and larch and scored with what looked like long, dark furrows. The baffled helicopter crew made several passes before reluctantly concluding that this was evidence of human habitation—a garden that, from the size and shape of the clearing, must have been there for a long time.



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#7 weeba

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Posted 14 February 2013 - 03:26 PM

http://www.vanityfai...y?src=longreads

 

Oral History of Pulp Fiction



#8 donutogre

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Posted 15 February 2013 - 02:49 PM

Going the distance: driving the Tesla Model S in the real world — from The Verge

 

I'm biased, because I work for The Verge, but the video we did is absolutely one of my favorite things we've ever done. Thought it was interested particularly in light of the NYT review scandal going around this week (which I saw we're already discussing elsewhere).

 

Another, less biased pick:

Michael Jordan has not left the building — from ESPN

 

I've largely given up on reading ESPN, but this piece is absolutely fantastic. Nice layout, too — not so much on the multimedia front, but it's far better than most things I've seen from ESPN. The content itself is second to none, in my opinion... I don't think I've read a single better piece about MJ before.



#9 donutogre

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Posted 15 February 2013 - 02:53 PM

Also, if you enjoy crazy layouts, check out our five-part series "The End."



#10 ernieshore

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Posted 14 June 2013 - 12:32 PM

For any cycling fans: L'Equipe takes a look at Le Tour's climbers. I have only glanced at it so far, but it looks well-done and thorough. 

 

http://www.lequipe.f...o-climb/#Xintro



#11 Muddy Chicken

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Posted 15 June 2013 - 08:59 AM

[quote data-cid='4530780' name='Rudi Fingers' timestamp='1359483166' post='4530780']2 great long-formers:

1) A piece on that modern miracle known as the US Post Office in Esquire::

The postal service is not a federal agency. It does not cost taxpayers a dollar. It loses money only because Congress mandates that it do so. What it is is a miracle of high technology and human touch. It's what binds us together as a country.[/quote]


Also, a fantastic story on the Tijuana Xolos soccer team in SB Nation
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Just finished reading this, thanks for posting it. See the Post Office in a bit of a different light now.

#12 Infield Infidel


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Posted 15 June 2013 - 12:30 PM

Pat Jordan has a nice series of stories on SBNation.com

 

This one is about pitchers without "stuff"

 http://www.sbnation....nescore-pat-jor

 

Of course, I also admired great pitchers with the big stuff: Warren Spahn, Bob Feller, Sandy Koufax, Tom Seaver, and Justin Verlander. I admired, too, the very good pitchers with nice stuff: Vic Raschi, Bob Lemon, Robin Roberts, C.C. Sabathia, James Shields, and my old minor league teammate, Phil Niekro. But over the years, I have most learned to appreciate the Joe Blantons of baseball, the bricklayers of their craft like Livan Hernandez, Mark Buehrle, and Tony Cloninger, my minor league teammate. I had better stuff than all of them put together, except for Tony, yet I lasted only three years in the minors, while they all pitched successfully in the major leagues for years.

What did they have that I lacked? Fifty years after my failure, I'm still searching for the answer to that question.


Edited by Infield Infidel, 15 June 2013 - 12:35 PM.


#13 Rudi Fingers

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Posted 21 June 2013 - 07:31 AM

The Verge scores again... with a story about a professional photographer's total respect for smartphone cameras ...

 

A little shorter than most long-form stories, but really well done, and the loupe effect (you'll see what I mean) is outstanding:

 

http://www.theverge....ography-forever

 

 

 

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Also, thanks, Infidel for the tip on the Pat Jordan pitching story in SBNation - it is *outstanding*


Edited by Rudi Fingers, 21 June 2013 - 07:43 AM.


#14 Rudi Fingers

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Posted 16 August 2013 - 08:54 AM

Shorter than a typical long-form piece - but the use of illustrations and animated GIF's make you able to experience this article even if you hadn't actually played Missle Command (though believe me, I have - many times :) ). Extremely well done.

 

http://www.polygon.c...nd-dave-theurer



#15 Rudi Fingers

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Posted 28 October 2013 - 02:25 PM

http://sportsillustr...wr_a1&eref=sihp

 

Catching up with Jim McMahon and the '85 Bears.  Excellent and depressing.


Edited by Rudi Fingers, 28 October 2013 - 02:26 PM.


#16 Infield Infidel


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Posted 20 November 2013 - 03:22 PM

Not about sports, but CNN has a pretty awesome multimedia piece about the Atlanta Airport

 

http://www.cnn.com/i...tl24/?hpt=hp_t1

 

 

It'll take hours to go through it all, but it's impressive



#17 riboflav

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Posted 23 November 2013 - 12:38 PM

An excellent and very sad story about boxing champions, like Pacman, and how the sport robs them of not only their bodies but their dignity and wealth as well.

 

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#18 weeba

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Posted 26 November 2013 - 12:56 PM

TEBOW!

 

http://sportsillustr...ebow/index.html



#19 The Four Peters


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Posted 26 November 2013 - 12:59 PM

I enjoyed this article from The Verge about producing NFL games on Fox.

 

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#20 canderson


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Posted 26 November 2013 - 01:21 PM

Tampa Tribune has a great one today on the sinking of the HMS Bounty, the ship that got caught in Hurricane Sandy.



#21 Rudi Fingers

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Posted 13 January 2014 - 10:08 AM

Remember Charlie Rich, the '70's country singer who sang "Behind Closed Doors" and "The Most Beautiful Girl in the World"?  My parents had the album, and played it over and over.  I had absolutely no clue about this guy's life.

 

It's hard not to give spoilers, so I'm just going to tell you that http://www.oxfordame...3-dear-charlie/ is fantastic.  You will not be disappointed.



#22 daveuk


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Posted 17 January 2014 - 02:55 PM

Not all longreads and not specifically sports but this collection has proved (after reading 3 or 4 stories) to be excellent.

 

And all accessible from one link - http://www.businessw...-didnt-write#p1

 

Includes a fantastic article by one of my favourites - Atul Gawande of the New Yorker



#23 Lose Remerswaal


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Posted 22 January 2014 - 11:11 AM

*I* knew Dave Meggett was a piece of shit and *YOU* knew Dave Meggett was a piece of shit, but now EVERYBODY knows Dave Meggett is a piece of shit



#24 Vandalman

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Posted 22 January 2014 - 12:13 PM

That's a great (but disturbing) article on Meggett. Let's hope he makes some "friends" in his place of residence.



#25 joyofsox


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Posted 15 July 2014 - 12:45 PM

The Many Crimes of Mel Hall by Greg Hanlon

"He Was A Flamboyant Player, A Charismatic Coach, And A Sexual Predator"



#26 weeba

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Posted 18 July 2014 - 10:38 AM

Pitchman: How Tom Emanski changed the sport of baseball — and then disappeared

 

http://www.foxsports...-profile-071714



#27 Lose Remerswaal


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Posted 18 July 2014 - 11:39 AM

Very neat story, weeba





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