I remember coming across Newsbound many months ago through a job posting. I can’t remember what they were looking for but it sounded cool. I didn’t apply. I seem to recall something like “Explainer and Chief.”
Anyway, the whole thing was to take complex issues and boil it down to a level of understanding… but not skimping. The tag line on the site right now is “Slow down the news, stay up to speed.” Pretty clever.
So they create these “explainers”. And they do a good job explaining. I went through the one on the “fiscal cliff” last night. You get it. I like it. It’s short snippets, you click an arrow, you get a new snippet or a new slide. The graphics are all right (better than I could do). And as far as information goes, I feel satisfied. They explained it.
What I wish, though, was a level of interactive-ness or another dimension to it. Maybe they planned it this way but, really, I feel like I’m watching a power point presentation that is just a little bit more “edgy” than your run of the mill power point presentation.
But maybe throwing that in would be a distraction? This way, maybe, it stays focused and slow. Maybe I like it this way. Wait, I think I do. No, I do. I do.
Text below the explainer (which you can see on the page itself) takes you a little deeper with supplement articles. Again, it’s all very 2D and slow (which is NOT a bad thing when the info is good … and it is).
So, here’s Newsbound’s “fiscal whatchamacallit”: