Hugh Martin, Matthew Absalom-Wong, Simon Johanson and John Silvester, theage.com.au, Gangland
In 2004, Melbourne was spellbound by the continuing saga of underworld killings and police corruption. Gangland was a 13-part package of audio slideshow accompanying a web archive that told the story of a series of related murders in Melbourne between 1998 and 2004. Broken into chapters, the interactive site looked at the families, the victims, the major hits, the locations and the ongoing investigation.
Age reporter John Silvester takes the audience on a tour of “murderous Melbourne”. This is an amazing work that delivers on the powerful potential of internet journalism. The mixture of Silvester’s untrained, but so real, crime-reporter voice with great music, photographs and a seemingly endless supply of background information delivers a thoroughly engaging news presentation. Key to the success of this piece is its clear, easy navigation and the perfect mix of design, music, content and very human reporting.
SBS coverage of the 49th Walkley Awards