Blake Nelson is a public life reporter and a graduate journalism student at the University of Missouri.
Editor’s note: This article was originally published by Poynter and is shared with permission. Pairing illustration with news gathering is not a new idea. More than a century ago, the Illustrated London News hired artistic journalists, like its “Special War Artist” Melton Prior, to draw global events. Over the past few years news organizations both … Continued
Editor’s note: There are plenty of challenges facing newsrooms around the country, so when you can knock off two birds with one stone it’s worth taking notice. In this case the two challenges are: 1) How do we get folks to engage with content that might be outside the comfort zones created by social media news feeds and 2) how do we find new ways to tell stories by taking advantage of digital delivery? Blake Nelson, a graduate student at the Missouri School of Journalism, did indeed figure out how to do both by exploring the so-old-it’s-new-again journalistic tool of the comic strip. Here’s how he described it.