BEST OF THE WEB: Check Out These Features from Newspaper Web Sites

By: Kathryn Blaze Carlson

Each day E&P combs the Internet to bring you some of the best features that newspaper Web sites have to offer. Here are today’s picks.

Raw Video: Major California Wildfire Threatens Homes
Chicago Sun-Times

Things are heating up around California’s Yosemite National Park and, unfortunately, that’s meant literally. This raw video captures what’s described as “a fast-spreading fire near an entrance to Yosemite National Park” which “forced residents to evacuate 170 homes and caused officials to cut power to the park. The fire is threatening about 2,000 homes total.” Toward the end of the video, you can hear people communicating over radio, allowing viewers to get a sense of the intensity behind the effort to manage the roaring flames.

Picturing Casualties
The New York Times
Photo Slide Show

Warning: this slide show contains graphic images. From the Vietnam War to the war in Iraq, photographers have ventured to the frontlines to capture images of battle — but governments and their militaries haven’t always welcomed the publication of those images with open arms. Indeed, this New York Times photo slide show leaves little to the imagination, as it courageously offers the horrifying work of those photographers who were probably a little too close to the gunfire for comfort. Most of the first half of the album is dedicated to the war in Iraq; the second half of the album features photos from the Vietnam War, many of which were first published on the covers and pages of LIFE magazine. Again, this album is not for the squeamish or the faint of heart.

Media Coverage
By Walt Handelsman

Pulitzer Prize-winner Walt Handelsman never seems to disappoint, and his recent cartoon commenting on the media coverage of Election 2008 is no exception. The Obama campaign has seen what some consider the dark side of what the media can offer (i.e. the New Yorker cover), but he’s largely considered the star of the show in the run-up to November’s vote. Handelsman’s cartoon cleverly depicts the dynamic of the media’s coverage of the two presidential hopefuls: Obama versus McWhat’shisname.

Cartoonist Rob Rogers Describes His Creative Process
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
By Andrew Rush

Post-Gazette cartoonist Rob Rogers said he was the kid who couldn’t put down the Sunday Funnies. He also admits to being the boy in grade school who used his artistic talents to impress the ladies. Years later, his talents have morphed from a pastime into a full-fledged career. So how do his cartoons manifest from ideas to print form? In this Post-Gazette video, Rogers takes viewers through his step-by-step recipe for success, giving insight into the process starting from an idea’s conception to the rough sketch to the light table, to lettering in India ink and so on. The video cleverly fast-forwards through his sketching so you can see the caricatures and words take form. And voila, you can see how he ends up with one cartoon featuring a confused-looking Bush sifting through a dumpster looking for the Constitution.

Detrick Tazer Movie
The Salt Lake Tribune
By Chris Detrick

What could be more fun on a Monday than watching people willingly get tazered? This video is a compilation of said volunteers taking part in a tazer training session at the Salt Lake City Citizen’s Police Academy, and the result is priceless. Props to The Salt Lake City Tribune’s Chris Detrick for putting himself in the line of fire as he joins the volunteers and gets stun-gunned. Talk about immersion journalism.

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