Surviving Childhood in Africa

Lovie and MJA award-winning feature for best use of interactive video.

The BBC has been experimenting with different ways to combine text, data visualisation and video to illustrate features.

In this instance, medical correspondent, Fergus Walsh had travelled to Africa to film key stakeholders in a story about how Malawi had exceeded the UN goal in reducing child mortality.

We wanted to add structure to the interviews and give people a way of exploring the issue in bite-sized chunks.

Using a type of javascript called Popcorn, we could assign graphics and data visualisation to specific points along the video timeline. Designer Charlotte Thornton created static and interactive graphics beneath the video to add depth and to allow users to explore the topic further without having to leave the page.