Breaking the Silence
Company The Baltimore Sun
Completed December 2013
In 2012, it is estimated that nearly 14,000 men in the military experienced unwanted sexual contact, a number higher than the projected figure for women. Yet of the reports filed, just 13 percent were submitted by men. Baltimore Sun investigative reporter Matthew Hay Brown's award-winning story examines why few victims reported the assaults and even fewer received justice, and features the heart-wrenching stories of men who were attacked and terrorized by their own peers while serving their country.
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ABOUT THE PROJECT
This was the first custom presentation I built at The Sun for an investigative piece. Due to the story's serious and emotional nature, the design is almost exclusively monochromatic and "out of the way" - this was not about an interesting design, but about supplementing the writing. For this reason, I opted for a print-style treatment on the headline leading into the reveal of a large, emotive photo. The lead interactive graphic embedded on the page introduced the reader to more stories from assault victims that could not fit into the narrative.
MY ROLE
I was the sole developer and designer on this project, with the exception of the statistical breakdown interactive.
BY THE NUMBERS
The project has 36,000+ views.
AWARDS
  • Winner, 2014 Online Journalism Awards (ONA)
    Explanatory Reporting (Medium)
  • Best in Show, 2013 MDDC Awards
    Multimedia Storytelling (News)
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