I’ve decided to start this assignment by researching different types of documentaries. The first one I have looked at is from The Guardian, named ‘Firestorm’.
This interactive documentary looks at a family who were fleeing from a violent bushfire in Tasmania. This is a human interest piece, but also includes factual sides to the story, including the history of fires in the area, and the science bit of how the fires start in the first place.
When I first looked at this I worked through the story in a linear order, by scrolling down each time I had finished on a page. However, you can look through any chapter by clicking on the menu on the right hand side, meaning it can also be non-linear. This is great if you have less time and just want to read about thing in particular.
Throughout the article it includes several different types of media, including diagrams, audio, video, written text and photographs. This makes the documentary so much more interesting than just reading an ordinary newspaper article. The background music also adds emotion to the piece.
The range of media means they can also add different perspectives to the story. They include videos of the family involved, as well as fire-fighters in the area, making it a more rounded piece.
I really like this interactive documentary, as it manages to give a lot of information without making it boring. I also like how you hear first hand from the family about how it felt, instead of it being told by someone else not involved.
You can find this story here: http://www.theguardian.com/world/interactive/2013/may/26/firestorm-bushfire-dunalley-holmes-family