John Johnson, 22, an aspiring photographer who was featured in the Post’s Night Live series, which profiled local personalities and was backed by a crowdsourcing effort. (Katherine Frey/The Washington Post)

In 2011, The Washington Post used a variety of techniques and technology to bring to life this year’s biggest news stories. We asked Post staff from across the newsroom to name their most innovative online reporting, graphics, news packages, video and more.

We want you to vote on your favorite in each of the categories below. Saw a project this year that stood out for you that’s not listed here? Tell us in the comments or tweet at us using the hashtag #WPchat.


Mystery Gadgets

For CES 2011, video journalist A.J. Chavar put together videos that documented wacky or never-before-seen technology at the conference. Readers were invited to guess what the gadget was based on a video still. The full videos were released later in the day, revealing the answer.

Post Sports Live

The Post’s live 30-minute sports talk Webcast streams live every Tuesday at noon.

Muslims in America

In dozens of video interviews, Americans of all religious backgrounds candidly talk about the roots of suspicion, misunderstandings about Islam and confronting their own fears.


A workout at work: 12 office exercises

An animated guide to burning calories without leaving your cubicle.

Will and Kate’s wedding day

Take a tour of Westminster Abbey and travel the post-nuptials route back to Buckingham Palace with 3-D graphics, panoramas and historical images.

Inside a marathon medical tent

An interactive graphic that explores the medical tents at the Marine Corps Marathon. Includes map of a tent and embedded quizzes.

2011 U.S. Open

An interactive that showed how each hole for the 2011 U.S. Open at Congressional Country Club had been changed since the previous open was played there.

Stalled housing projects

Panoramic Google Street View images illustrate the problems with affordable-housing projects described in an accompanying investigative series.

Motion Graphics

Remembering the Shuttle Era

This video blends a motion graphics timeline with video interviews and photography to create an homage to the shuttle program.

Curiosity’s mission to Mars

A motion graphic detailing the Mars rover’s landing sequence and an explanation of its instruments to explore the surface below.

What does ‘one in 7 billion’ mean?

Motion graphic that explains how the world is affected by its growing population.

Inside Japan’s nuclear emergency

A motion graphic that explains how the crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant in post-earthquake Japan unfolded:


Breakaway Wealth series

A database showing pay information for local executives over the last fiscal year, created as part of the Breakaway Wealth series.

Scores and Stats

The sports stats API collects, stores and exposes data on professional and college sporting events, both live and archived.

NCAA Tournament database

A revamp of our NCAA Tournament database created an interactive tournament bracket where games were immediately updated with related links and links to each team’s tournament history since 1985.

Faces of the Fallen

Faces of the Fallen is a collection of information about each U.S. service member who died in or as a result of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, in Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation New Dawn and Operation Enduring Freedom.

Crowdsourcing and Contests

Night Lives

A series on nocturnal personalities in the area, backed by crowdsourcing and complimented by video for many of the stories.

Summer Spy

“Body of Lies” author David Ignatius teamed up with Post readers this summer to write a six-chapter spy serial.

DC Fan contest

The contest used a combination of call-outs, essays, videos and user-submitted trivia questions to determine D.C.’s biggest sports fan.

@Work Advice

A contest to find the person with the smartest, savviest approach to navigating workplace culture. The winner received a column in Washington Post Magazine


We asked readers to submit their clever Thanksgiving songs via Twitter.

9/11 virtual memory wall: Postcards to our past

Readers submitted postcards that reflected their post-911 emotions electronically and during a live tweetup at a D.C. coffeehouse.

Special Reports

The Hunt

The story behind the death of Osama bin Laden is told in text, video, graphics and more.

DC Sports Fan

We identified four sports fan types and gave readers the opportunity to determine their fan type.

Washington Post/Bloomberg GOP debate

The Washington Post, in partnership with Bloomberg, WBIN-TV and host Dartmouth College, presented the first debate of the 2012 campaign focused solely on the economy.

Age of 9/11

We explored how people feel about 9/11 based on their age in a story package that includes interactive video and multimedia.

Faces of Young Iraq

As the United States withdraws from Iraq, young Iraqis prepare to inherit a nation scarred from war.

Social and Engagement

Squirrel Week

We asked you to send in your photos of neighborhood squirrels.

Cherry blossoms maps

The Post’s social media crew handed out maps of the cherry blossoms near D.C.’s Tidal Basin to readers who checked in with us on Foursquare.

The Oatmeal live chat

The Oatmeal’s Michael Inman took wacky reader suggestions and drew them live in an online chat.

Capital Weather Watchers

More than 200 “Weather Watchers” joined us to help cover big weather events, send photos and interesting news.