Yesterday I sat through my first blogging awards, an experience I found surprisingly inspiring. All the winners are worthy, but two of them are particularly worth visiting.
Visualizing Palestine is a website that takes data from Israel and Palestine and weaves it into soaring graphics that actually tell a story. The skill with which they translate numbers into a reality is nothing short of astounding.
Mosa’ab Elshamy is a young pharmacy student who, when the reality of people power in his native Egypt began to emerge, grabbed a camera and hit the streets. His photo blog is an inspiration to those of us who are more photographically challenged. When accepting the top award of he evening, he said his main goal for the next year was “staying out of jail.”
Both blogs are well worth a click or more. Whether it is through the use of innovative graphs or the use of harrowing images, both sites remind us there is more than one way to tell a story, that sometimes words fall short. This is a lesson I hope to keep in mind as CC continues moving forward.