The 40 best digital stories of 2018 listed for you by Hackastory
Hackastory selected the 40 best digital stories of 2018. We listed the interactives, graphics, longreads, newsgames and data visualizations that make our hearts beat faster. Let these articles and visualizations inspire you to continue innovating in journalism.
Businesses are suddenly very interested in Facebook Messenger bots. And for good reason: Facebook’s chat platform now supports over 1.2 billion monthly active users—and automated chatbots, like ManyChat and Chatfuel, provide a unique, interactive way of engaging with them.
Italian Mafia ‘godfather’ Settimo Mineo held in Sicily raid
Italian police have arrested the man said to be the new head of the Sicilian Mafia, along with 45 associates. The dawn raid in Palermo netted 80-year-old jeweller Settimo Mineo. He was reportedly elected Cosa Nostra godfather at a Mafia meeting in May.
Chinese Scientist Who Says He Edited Babies’ Genes Defends His Work
A Chinese scientist who claims to have created the world’s first genetically edited babies said at a conference on Wednesday that his actions were safe and ethical, and he asserted that he was proud of what he had done.
Ask medieval historian Michael McCormick what year was the worst to be alive, and he’s got an answer: “536.” Not 1349, when the Black Death wiped out half of Europe. Not 1918, when the flu killed 50 million to 100 million people, mostly young adults. But 536.
From tip to tail, Red Dead Redemption 2 is a profound, glorious downer. It is the rare blockbuster video game that seeks to move players not through empowering gameplay and jubilant heroics, but by relentlessly forcing them to confront decay and despair.