Analyzing and Adoring Snow Fall


I quickly became very invested in this piece. What blew me away the most is how everything was a surprise. Each piece of multimedia seemed like it came from nowhere as you scrolled through. Even the direction of the story was a surprise. I found myself gasping at each new surprise as it slightly startled me.

I really enjoyed watching the documentary at the end. It really brought everything full circle for me.

I think I would use the word beautiful to describe the entire package. It probably had something to do with the mountains and the breathtaking snow but both the lighter and darker moments seemed pretty in a way.

This “act of journalism” or to me, “artwork“, is so revolutionary because the package had an answer to everything. Any question that you could think of was answered through a video, picture slideshow or demonstration.

The reader is in the story. You get to know every one of the skiers whether they survived or not and each path they took down the mountain. It is really hard to not feel like you are actually there which is so hard to do without video and natural sound being the leading role.

The three required multimedia components with our eight stories in Virtual 300 seems like it is too much at first. It is hard to say that every story you do for an online medium will have a video, and pictures, and an infographic, and an audio/photo slideshow etc.

“Snow Fall” had its three different multimedia and it didn’t at all seem like it was too much. I think that was because there was a lot of story to tell.

Although you don’t see pieces like “Snow Fall” very often, it gives me hope that they are veteran journalists that understand where the future of journalism is going.

Anything this gripping makes me inspired to tell the stories of the people of my community. The skiers at Tunnel Creek that day were not average people but reading how easy some lost their lives brought them back from daredevils to normal people.

I am also inspired to really get deep into the lives of the people the story is affecting. The survivors trusted the Times reporters so well that they gave them personal photographs, intimate interviews and telling video from their own helmet cameras.

I was hooked from the very beginning but once the story went into the history of the area I wasn’t sure where it was going to take me. I was not a fan of the background at first but as I kept reading I knew it was all for a reason.

The stories of people kept me reading faster than the stories of things, like the mountains or past avalanches. I really liked how the story of each skier was reinforced multiple times throughout the piece. You didn’t just learn everyone’s full names at the beginning and then only get a last name throughout the rest of the story. Pictures of everyone popped up throughout to help the reader keep everyone straight.

The most impressive thing about “Snow Fall” is the reaction from the industry. It speaks volumes for how revolutionary this piece was when their own competition did stories on their story. I also found this Q&A session with the New York Times team that put together the piece compelling.