Bureau of Investigative Journalism

The Bureau of Investigative Journalism are a not-for-profit organisation who produce in-depth reporting on a range of topics. They partner with national publications to give their investigations the greatest possible impact, and they rely on philanthropic funding sources. When we designed and built their new website from the ground up, our big challenges were connecting with these audiences as well as providing The Bureau with ways to present a wealth of in-depth content. 

We designed and developed a flexible publishing system that allows The Bureau’s reporters and editors to compose engaging long or short form stories. The system adapts for stories of different types and works with a huge range of content such as images, videos, embedded data, graphics, maps and tables. We developed a two column layout that allows editors to attach key associated information to a story at the relevant points — things like quotes, data downloads, related stories and key statistics. All of this works across screen sizes, from phones to desktop monitors, using the available space in the most efficient way.

Optimising loading speed, and developing intelligent ways to manage social and search engine tags, were key technical considerations.

A story page from The Bureau of Investigative Journalism website, shown on an iPad.
A story page from The Bureau of Investigative Journalism website, shown in a desktop browser.
Drone strike data search tool from The Bureau of Investigative Journalism website, shown in a desktop browser.
Custom icons from The Bureau of Investigative Journalism website.