Stuck In The Ice
The inside story of how a polar expedition went terribly wrong, leaving dozens of tourists and scientists trapped in the ice.
Life in a newsroom is unpredictable and this story is a perfect demonstration of it. Following months of planning, the Herald's science editor and a video journalist were aboard the Aurora Australis with the aim to document and report on the process, significance and results of an Antarctic ice core drilling as part of a broader climate change research program.
The Aurora Australis was to deliver critical supplies to the Australian Antarctic Division, but its mission was interrupted when the Akademik Shokalskiy got "trapped in the ice for more than two weeks, triggering an international rescue effort that diverted four ships, and delayed the international Antarctic programs of four nations."
I was developing a microsite to present this outstanding reportage and was forced to change strategy from one minute to the other to accomodate the breaking story, that was unfolding across the wires. Battling technology to deliver not only text, but video and other multimedia assets over patchy satellite internet connection, I was able to publish by the time our journalists stepped off the gangway in Hobart.
- design and development
- video analytics and social API implementation
- scroll to play HTML5 video API development
- custom SVG map and timeline development
Read the story at smh.com.au/interactive/2014/stuck-in-the-ice