The Wider Image is an unprecedented news photography experience from Reuters. Created exclusively for the iPad, it gives users a new way to engage with news photography. With updated daily content, it aims to position imagery at the heart of the user experience and to realize the unique potential of photojournalism.
The Wider Image includes more than 100 stories by Reuters photographers from across the world, and they’ll be adding new stories daily. The app allows viewers to interact with image sequences, read expanded facts and quotes, get to know the people behind the images through photographer profiles and in-the-field witness commentary, and visually compare social, demographic and economic differences between story and user locations.
Take a tour of the Wider Image app here…
Reuters-MediaStorm Interactive Collaboration
The Wider Image builds on two Emmy-nominated interactive news-photography collaborations between Reuters and MediaStorm. Times of Crisis, published in 2009, is an interactive website that capitalizes on Reuters’ reach and wealth of multimedia assets to tell the story of the 2007-2008 global economic crisis.
In addition to creating the emotional narrative of the piece, MediaStorm created the website shell in Actionscript 3 and a full back-end CMS—written with PHP and MySQL—to allow editors to easily populate it with a variety of content.
Bearing Witness, published in 2008, showcases more than 20 hours of video footage and selected Reuters images from the Iraq War. At the time Iraq was the most dangerous country for the press. Reuters published the piece as a testimony—bearing witness to the press covering the war to ensure their story would not be lost.
Reuters takes the idea behind these early interactive projects to new heights with the Wider Image. Learn more and download the new app for free at widerimage.reuters.com.