A New World of Interactive Storytelling: The Wider Image Photo App for iPad from Reuters
LONDON/NEW YORK — Today Reuters, the world’s largest international multimedia news provider, announced the release of The Wider Image App, created exclusively for iPad, to bring Reuters photography and information to life through an entirely new interactive experience. The Wider Image launches with more than 100 stories by Reuters photographers across the world and is now available as a free download from the App Store.
Key features of the app include:
- Interactive Formats - Each story expands from a single image to give more context through a variety of formats including slideshows, sequences and sounds. Read, touch and listen and transform the way you see.
- Explore Tool - Explore by date, location, photographer and themes. See what’s happening in places you care about. Discover stories in places you may never have known.
- Photographer Profiles - Get to know Reuters photojournalists through personal photographer profiles and in-the-field witness commentary. Follow your favorites to see new work as it is added.
- Country Profiles - Visually compare social, demographic and economic differences between the story’s location and your own.
- Daily Updates - Discover some of the best stories by Reuters photographers everywhere, with new images and stories every day. Uncover human perspectives beyond the news headlines.
"The Wider Image was conceived to reimagine the way photojournalism can engage in the evolving media landscape. We challenged ourselves to explain more and bring readers closer to the story. The result is a signature experience on iPad which gives news photography greater impact, depth and interactivity," commented Jassim Ahmad, global head of multimedia innovation, Reuters.
Photographers featured in the app discuss their work and reflect on their stories:
- Goran Tomasevic (Nairobi) - Inside Syria with Rebel Forces:
"Pictures must show the reality of the war in Syria. That's why I wanted to be as close as I could to the fighters on the very front line. There is a certain amount of risk and you need to take all necessary precautions but if you want to tell the true story, you have to be there."
- Damir Sagolj (Bangkok) - Famine in North Korea:
"It was very emotional; we are only humans despite the experiences under our belts. In that moment, there was no wider context, no bigger picture - just the eyes of a child who might die soon because of the lack of food; an unacceptable and sad reality."
- Lucy Nicholson (Los Angeles) - Mother's Day Behind Bars:
"The children bounded off the bus and ran excitedly towards a tall fence topped with razor wire. In the distance, through layers of fencing overlooked by a guard tower, huddled a group of mothers in baggy blue prison-issue clothes, pointing, waving and gasping. Many had not seen their children in over a year."
- Yannis Behrakis (Athens) - Greece Economic Crisis:
"How do you cover a story like this? A story that affects you and your family, a story that left some of your friends and colleagues and members of your family without a job and hope for the future?"
- Lucas Jackson (New York) - Base at the End of the Earth:
"Who wouldn’t like to go to the Arctic, sleep in a plywood hutch, and go underneath the ice in a nuclear submarine? As I sit in my apartment now writing this it seems like a strange dream... Luckily I have my pictures to prove it."
The Wider Image App is available for free from the App Store on iPad or at www.itunes.com/appstore.
A video about The Wider Image App can be viewed online here: http://widerimage.reuters.com.
The Wider Image is presented in association with Canon across Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
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