I'm interested in the way stories are told. Though news organizations are often associated with prose, many have made major investments in other types of storytelling: infographics and interactive news apps, photo galleries and original video stories, maps and quizzes, Snapchat Stories and Storified tweets.

Through The Washington Post’s institutional fellowship at the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute, we want to determine what format best tells a story in a way that is comprehensible and memorable for the reader, specifically the news reader on a mobile device.

There has been a great deal of research in behavioral science and education in how people learn, comprehend and retain new information. So I'm hoping to learn some of the science, which could help me determine if a particular story should be presented as a 500-word prose piece, a 59-second video, an interactive infographic, or all of the above.

The Web has a nearly unlimited supply of content, while users have a limited amount of time. A systematic approach to the news format question can help us focus our limited multimedia and data visualization resources on stories that best serve our readers.

Alex Remington  
   
Institutional fellowship project lead


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