Journal Sentinel, MU students plan a project

Journal Sentinel Managing Editor George Stanley, listens as (left to right) Victor Jacobo, myself and Monique Collins present timeline ideas to the JS projects team.    

Journal Sentinel Managing Editor George Stanley, listens as (left to right) Victor Jacobo, myself and Monique Collins present timeline ideas to the JS projects team.    

Going into Thursday's Journal Sentinel project meeting I didn't know what to expect. In a room with reporter Dan Egan, projects and investigations editor, Greg Borowski and close to 15 other editors, reporters and designers Egan presented his Great Lakes story as well as our effort to create an accompanying timeline.

Building off his previous research Victor Jacobo, Monique Collins and myself were able to contribute some new information. Simultaneously our role in the process was to bring some visual ideas to the meeting. With help and examples from Emily Yount, the "web person" at The Journal Sentinel, we were able to see some ideas the publication had previously worked with as well as some they haven't but are willing to try.  

Between our group's two ideas including maps and parallax scrolling, and examples brought to the projects meeting I think we can collaborate to bring together a well rounded package. We also discussed possible visuals for the series' next part.

The next question in the process is how to, again, visually organize images, videos and/or documents within the graphic. There have been various solution based studies as well as legal cases dating back to the early 20th century. A couple example timelines presented by Yount could solve this easily, but because the visuals rely heavily mapping as a major part of the graphic, inserting data points becomes tricky.