Megan Taylor

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Big Pictures Help Tell Big Stories

My second article for MediaShift’s Innovation Spotlight series is about Alan Taylor’s The Big Picture blog at Boston.com:
Big Pictures Help Tell Big Stories at Boston.com.

Newspapers and other media outlets use wire photos to add art to text stories. But have you noticed how small these photos usually are? Even online, where the spatial limitations of a print product don’t apply, old media outlets persist in shrinking pictures.

As newspapers struggle to figure out how to tell their stories online, many make the mistake of transfering print rules to the web. This results in the small photos and low-quality videos that frustrate so many users.

The Big Picture has created a way to display powerful images in a user-friendly manner.


The MediaShift Innovation Spotlight will run every other week. Please let me know of any innovative projects you are working on or have seen lately. It doesn’t have to be from a major newspaper; it just has to be an innovative blend of journalism and technology. Please e-mail me at mtaylor[at]megantaylor[dot]org to submit a Spotlight recommendation.

  • Been a fan of the Big Picture Blog for a long time and it was nice to read Alan’s comments on how he came up with the idea and implemented it.

    I liked it so much, actually, that I took a similar approach when putting together a “Photos of the Week” feature that I’ve been running on pnwlocalnews.com for a little more than a month now: http://www.pnwlocalnews.com/lifestyle/36462594.html

    Anyway, great post.

  • Been a fan of the Big Picture Blog for a long time and it was nice to read Alan’s comments on how he came up with the idea and implemented it.

    I liked it so much, actually, that I took a similar approach when putting together a “Photos of the Week” feature that I’ve been running on pnwlocalnews.com for a little more than a month now: http://www.pnwlocalnews.com/lifestyle/36462594.html

    Anyway, great post.

  • Imitation being the sincerest form of flattery, the Sacramento Bee now has The Frame and The Wall Street Journal has its Photo Journal.

  • Imitation being the sincerest form of flattery, the Sacramento Bee now has The Frame and The Wall Street Journal has its Photo Journal.

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