2018 Digital Storytelling Contest, Long Form, 3rd prize

10 Minutes. 12 Gunfire Bursts. 30 Videos. Mapping the Las Vegas Massacre


The New York Times

Faced with shifting reports about the mass shooting in Las Vegas, The New York Times sought to establish a timeline independent of that offered by officials. We applied a relatively new technique - investigative video reporting, or so-called video forensics. We gathered and analyzed dozens of video and audio clips recorded inside the festival, at the Mandalay hotel, and on Las Vegas Boulevard. We revealed new details about the gunman’s actions, showed how concertgoers, the police, and medics responded, and provided an accurate bullet count.

This immersive reconstruction provides the most complete picture to date of the worst mass shooting in modern American history.

Production team

    Producer: Malachy Browne
    Producer/graphics: Drew Jordan
    Producer: Chris Cirillo 
    Executive producer: Mark Scheffler
    Graphics: Nicole Fineman
    Graphics: Anjali Singhvi
    Graphics: Derek Watkins
    Graphics: Mika Grondahl 
    Graphics: K.K. Rebecca Lai
    Additional reporting: Adam Goldman 
    Additional reporting: Jennifer Medina 
    Additional reporting: C.J. Chivers
    Additional reporting: David Botti
    Additional reporting: Thomas Gibbons-Neff
    Additional reporting: Barbara Marcolini