onBeing: Nice Take on Creating Community

If you’ve been wondering what Rob Curley and his multimedia team at Washington Post-Newsweek Interactive have been up to since October, a hint of what’s yet to come debuted midday today. It’s called onBeing, in the CameraWorks section of WashingtonPost.com.

The onBeing project is based on the simple notion that we should get to know one another a little better,” writes Jennifer Crandall on the site. “What you’ll find here is a series of videos that takes you into the musings, passions, histories and quirks of all sorts of people. The essence of who they are, who we are.”Jesse Foltz is responsible for the programming and neat interface design. Deryck Hodge developed the site in Django and Python. But it’s right up Curley’s community alley. There will be a new video every Wednesday. The development team is looking for comments (via e-mail) and suggestions for featured onBeing segments.

Some tips from Curley on using the feature:

  • Check out the download options for each video, including the mobile phone option.
  • Once you get to the video page, the video can be resized by dragging and dropping the lower right-hand corner of the video area to resize it on the fly without interrupting the video.
  • On the video page, there is an option to watch the videos in high definition (if you have a high-def monitor).

It’s fun, it’s interesting, it’s interactive and it’s community — a great example of what multimedia journalism is all about.

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