What is "Flash journalism"? It is journalism that uses Adobe Flash in its presentation. It can include animation, data journalism, maps, interaction, video, audio, photo slideshows, and more.

Here are six diverse examples I showed to my students in February 2011:

Screen capture: Africa

Africa: A New Gold Rush (The Wall Street Journal): Continental map, country outlines, data pop-ups. This kind of presentation is basic Flash.

Screen capture: Compare Hospitals

Compare hospitals on heart attack, heart failure and pneumonia (USA Today): Country map, massive dataset for more than 4,100 hospitals.

Screen capture: Egypt's Strongman

Egypt's Strongman: Hosni Mubarak (The Wall Street Journal): Simple timeline with photos and pop-up text. Very simple Flash, produced as news was breaking, easy to update.

Screen capture: Michael Jackson's Billboard Rankings

Michael Jackson's Billboard Rankings (The New York Times): A more complex timeline infographic.

Screen capture: This Land

This Land (National Film Board, Canada): An exceptional example of stirring visual storytelling set at the northernmost tip of Canada.

Screen capture: A Year at War

A Year at War (The New York Times): This package organizes a giant library of stories -- video, photos, text and sound -- about Americans serving in Afghanistan.

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