“Unsettled” wins the W3 Silver Award for Mobile Applications


The VOA News mobile application “Unsettled” has been selected as a winner for the 2014 W3 “Silver Award.”w3winner_silver_wht

W3 Awards honor creative excellence on the Web, and recognizes the creative and marketing professionals behind award winning websites, web video and online marketing programs. The W3 is judged by the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts — an invitation-only body consisting of top-tier professionals from acclaimed media, interactive, advertising and marketing firms. The awards this year attracted more than 4,000 entries across the five award categories.

The application “Unsettled” presents the triumph, tragedy and contradictions of the immigrant experience through a multimedia exploration of history and economics. The app features interactive charts, maps, info graphics, audio clips, stills, and a U.S. naturalization quiz.

It also includes over a dozen exclusive video clips featuring intriguing interviews with: Mae Ngai, author of The Lucky Ones: One Family and the Extraordinary Invention of Chinese America, and the Lung Family professor of Asian American Studies and professor of History at Columbia University; Bryan Caplan, professor of economics at George Mason University and blogger for EconLog. The New York Times named his first book, The Myth of the Rational Voter, “the best political book of the year” in 2007; William F. McDonald, sociology professor at Georgetown University and co-director of the Institute of Criminal and Procedure at the Law Center.

A co-production of VOA English and ODDI, the publication is VOA’s first long-form storytelling app and leverages the interactive opportunities offered by the iPad. The book is available on the iTunes store, Barnes and Noble, and Google.

“It’s gratifying to be recognized for the effort that went into “Unsettled”. We worked very hard to present a fair, accurate picture of the history of immigration in the U.S. in the hope it would provide context and understanding to the present-day debate,” said Mark Young, managing editor of VOA News English. “I’m grateful to the journalists, designers and developers who created an interesting and engaging ebook, and would also like to thank Mae Ngai, Bryan Caplan and William F. McDonald for contributing their time and expertise to the project.”

“We are exploring storytelling tools for BBG, and looking for new formats to engage our audience. The storytelling app allows for an immersive experience, and could be an important long-form Journalism format in the future,” ODDI UX Studio Manager Steve Fuchs said.

“Unsettled” is part of the ODDI Book Pilot, which aims to explore different epub formats and author tools.  Another book in the pilot program, Tiananmen Square Remembered, won the International Media Excellence Award, held by the Association of International Broadcasters last year.


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Xi Rotmil

Xi Rotmil

Xi Rotmil is a blogger and researcher for the BBG's Office of Digital and Design Innovation.

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