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Newspaper Prom Dresses (As Awesome As They Sound)

This newspaper dress contest was too fun not to pass on.

When I was in high school (which wasn’t that long ago, eh hem, a decade), I remember some kids entering a contest for designing and wearing duct tape prom attire. This takes it to a whole other, way more awesome level.

The Detroit Free Press encouraged local students to design prom dresses made from newspapers for the chance to win $500. And what the local girls came up with is nothing short of awesome.


Users can select their favorite dress and rank them to help determine the $500 winner.

The Freep says it received more than 20 entries. You can check out the photo gallery of the top eight newspaper dressmaker finalists here. And you can vote on your favorite until midnight Thursday.

This is a great example of a way for a newspaper to engage its readership — especially its young readers — and promote the print product in a creative way. They tie it together nicely with the smooth voting/ranking mechanism and online contest. Innovative and fun for participants and other readers.

Thanks to Poynter for pointing this contest out. They also have some fun links to other newspaper fashions, including this gallery of newspaper dresses.

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Detroit Free-Press uses Intersect to map and document Asian carp journey

This week a team at Detroit Free-Press continued 13-day, seven-state trek through the midwest to investigate the effects of Asian carp — an invasive fish species whose rate of reproduction and large size make it a threat to the ecosystem of the Great Lakes.

Intersect, the online storytelling tool used by the Free-Press to document the journey, allows users to map videos, photos and text at particular times and locations and see how they “intersect” with other people’s stories from the same time and place. The project so far contains 10 days’ worth of blog posts and photos, all nicely plotted on an Intersect-generated map and timeline, which is embedded alongside a straight, static list of headlines.  Read more