ABC News’ “Made in America” series has been featured for the past couple weeks, but it wasn’t until today that I visited its page. Assessing the state of the nation’s manufacturing industry, these stories were originally featured in segments on World News. However, rather than just displaying the show’s video content online (which I criticized last week), ABC News decided to create an engaging, interactive piece for the online version.
Well designed with an attractive, simple layout, the Made in America page features a range of consumer items and a map identifying where (or where not) these products are made.
Visitors can use either of these displays to access different blurbs identifying what and where things are still produced. Rather than sitting through a video that I could have watched when it aired last week, I got to navigate the story itself, allowing me to draw my own conclusions regarding the state of America’s industry.
Also, ABC News has left room for input. Nearly half of the examples (labeled in blue) are the product of crowdsourcing, information submitted via email by a visitor.
This was one of the first times I’ve seen an excellent example of online journalism featured on ABC News’ site, and I look forward to more comprehensive, design-conscious interactive features put forth by their reporters.