9/3/2016

Pageflow

 

A tool to immersively present your data driven stories.

Pageflow is a digital storytelling tool that allows you to integrate data visualizations and other audiovisual content with narrative-text. It has been branded as a "micro content management system (CMS)", since it eliminates the need for journalists to code.

Leveraging the responsive power of HTML5, Pageflow stories are fluid and can be easily read no matter what kind of device they are being accessed on.

The tool offers both an open source and a hosted service, with a free trial option. For users who are not comfortable working with source code, Pageflow's hosted editor system provides a live preview feature to help visualize the end product as they input each component, as well as media management system that automatically encodes components into the correct formats.

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Image: Pageflow's media manager. Source: Pageflow.

Larger editorial teams may also benefit from the hosted service, as it offers the ability for each member to collaborate through separate user accounts.

Examples

Pageflow has been utilized by a large number of outlets, most predominately German Public Broadcaster WDR. In addition, this project on Alzheimer's disease, developed by students of Deutsche Journalistenschule, provides a particularly pertinent illustration of how Pageflow can be used to in integrate data driven components, with text and other audiovisual materials, to tell a compelling story. By coupling interactive data driven graphics with personal narrative and video, the students effectively revealed the human side to the disease's statistics.

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Image: An interactive data visualization integrated into the story using Pageflow.

Visit the Pageflow website here or its GitHub page here.

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