CNN’s microsite, "ATL24", uses a very effective multimedia approach to depict everything human about Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Navigation of the site is streamlined, yet versatile. The viewer can either read using a timeline, by story topics, or simply by scrolling down the site. This way a reader who may not have the time nor the patience to look through the whole site can maneuver through and get a taste of each topic as they please. Every reader can search for a story that touches them at the core of their humanity.
Saundra Cage, an airport bartender, has one such story. She serves every type of person on a given day, from celebrities to anyone who needs a drink to calm their nerves before take off. In a place where people are constantly on the move, Cage watches passengers find love, lose family, and face the struggles of everyday life. Her story gives a sense of stability to the ever-changing airport.
A brief view into a TSA officer’s day lends a human voice to a controversial job. The officer jokes with passengers before sending them on their way, content with the moment of peace in his busy week.
Omar, an Iraqi refugee, and her two daughters bring another purpose to the Atlanta airport: that of salvation. The three have finally gotten the new beginning they hoped for. Though almost everyone they see speaks and looks different from them, they are safe in the airport despite being surrounded by complete strangers.
These are just a few of the millions of stories in this airport. Being able to scroll through photographs, video profiles, text, and infographics made the microsite engaging and realistic. The story puts faces to the world’s busiest airport in a way that is nothing short of a journalistic masterpiece.
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