sandymapAfter seeing talk of this Superstorm Sandy interactive about a week ago, I’m just now getting around to taking a close look at it. Basically, Al Jazeera America’s (AJA) Jared Keller and Dominica Lim created an interactive map inviting anyone affected by Hurricane Sandy to tell their stories using text, photo and video. This is one way AJA plans to recognize the devastating storm’s first anniversary and offer context as part of its continuing Sandy coverage.

“With the anniversary of Sandy approaching, we’re inviting Al Jazeera America audience to share memories of the experience — moments of shock, fear, companionship, inspiration, resiliency — that remain with us today,” Keller and Lim wrote.

Readers can email Keller, fill out a form on AJA’s site or tweet their stories and photos with the hashtag #SandyStories to be considered for publication. As the submissions roll in, AJA has been plotting the map with stories represented by dozens of people impacted by the storm along the Eastern seaboard. The interactive is emotionally powerful, but also an astute move by AJA.

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