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March 12 2010

16:08

Poynter: MSNBC narrative slideshow garners 78m page views

After researching the strange story of a very wealthy, elderly American heiress,  veteran MSNBC investigative reporter Bill Dedman decided to experiment with the presentation of his article. Rather than turn in a few thousand words of copy as usual, Dedman put together almost 50 photographs in a slideshow and accompanied them with captions.

The result, The Clarks: an American story of wealth, scandal and mystery, is not groundbreaking in its approach to storytelling, but the response to the story is a powerful testament to the power of visual reportage.

Dedman reported that he received 500 email from readers about the story, more than any other story he has written, and it has had around 78 million page views, more than any other story on MSNBC.com.

Poynter’s Steve Myers has an interview with Dedman on the story at this link…

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