Timeline

 

A timeline… can be a great way to tell a story that stretches over a long period of time. It can also be used to chronicle the life of a person or institution.

 

Examples:
The pros:
Joe Paterno’s career
Tracking the 2011 Middle East protests
Seven eye-popping interactive timelines

 

A student:
Women’s Health Reform History

 

Requirements for Assignment:
-Create a timeline with event markers. You have to decide how many.
-The individual events should contain clear information: title, description, date, etc.
-Make sure that your timeline has a focus. Concrete and specific is better than broad and vague.

 

Tools and Technology:
Dipity is a simple tool to create online timelines. It is open to anyone, but is also being used by news organizations like Huffington Post and the San Francisco Chronicle. You can pull in videos, pictures, and updates from hundreds of sources instantly. Or you can create your own timeline manually.

 

See how the Chronicle, a small newspaper in Lewis County, Washington, used a dipity timeline to cover the history of floods in the area.

 

You can also create one with a series of photos and text posted into your blog.

 

Tutorials:
How To Create a Timeline with Dipity.com


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About Nick DiUlio

My name is Nick DiUlio, a freelance writer and editor from New Jersey. I have been passionate about the craft of writing since I was old enough to spell, and this love has led to a successful career in journalism and creative nonfiction. As a freelancer, I have covered a wide range of topics and personalities, as my published work has focused on everything from profiles of artists and important political figures to hard-news stories with both national and local appeal; from restaurant and beverage reviews to tips on fashion and finance; from health and wellness pieces to celebrity Q&A’s. My work has appeared in several local, regional and national publications—both in print and online—including Philadelphia Magazine, Slate.com, Miller-McCune, New Jersey Monthly, Eating Well, and Delaware Today. Additionally, I am the South Jersey Bureau Chief for New Jersey Monthly and an adjunct journalism professor at Rowan University. To be sure, the broadness of my body of work seems only to be matched by my boundless interest in almost every subject imaginable (except Warren Zevon). Check out some of my most recently published work here.
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