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11 OCTOBER 2016

Debate duets: Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump serenade each other

"The second US presidential debate was characterised by levels of vitriol never before seen on the US political stage.

But while millions of viewers across the world watched in horror as the Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton bloodied themselves over the Trump tapes, Clinton emails, tax, Syria and Obamacare, others saw the opportunity for humour.

Enter the memes.

The combination of microphones and roaming candidates, aided by the town hall-style of the debate in St Louis, proved fertile ground for imagining an alternate reality – one where Clinton and Trump were serenading each other.

As the debate ground on the #debatesongs hashtag spawned memes of the pair singing along to duets from Frozen, Grease and – probably most memorably – Dirty Dancing."

(Bonnie Malkin, 11 October 2016, Guardian Unlimited)

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Simon Perkins
20 MARCH 2014

How the Guardian built multimedia interactive Firestorm

"Firestorm, the Guardian's multimedia interactive centred around this year's bushfires in Tasmania, was launched in tandem with Guardian Australia and has received widespread praise on the web for its moving and immersive portrayal of a crisis.

The interactive combines feature writer Jon Henley's text with video and audio footage, some shot by the Guardian team and some supplied by residents of Dunalley, the town at the heart of the story, as well as interviews with residents and maps of the area."

(Alastair Reid, 29 May 2013)

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2013 • arresting image • Australia • Blackman Bay • bushfires • Charlie English • crisis • Daan Louter • Dunalley • firestorm • Firestorm (2013) • forest fire • Francesca Panetta • Guardian Australia • Guardian Firestorm • Guardian Unlimitedi-Doc • immersive portrayal • interactive editor • interactive featuresinteractive multimediainteractive storytellingjetty • Jon Henley • Jonathan Richards • Katherine Viner • Laurence Topham • multimedia interactive • multimedia narrative • multimedia project • online multimedia • powerful human story • rich media • Snow Fall (New York Times) • special projects • Tasmania • Tim Holmes

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Simon Perkins
04 DECEMBER 2011

Guardian rehires 'Skinhead' agency

"BMP [Boase Massimi Pollitt] was the Guardian's advertising agency in the mid–80s, when it created one of the most famous British adverts of all time for the newspaper.

The 1986 commercial featured a skinhead who appeared to be wrestling a man's briefcase from his hands. But the camera then cuts and viewers see that he is in fact trying to rescue the man from falling bricks.

'We had some inspirational pitches over the last few weeks but BMP's work really stood out,' said Marc Sands, Guardian Newspapers marketing director.

'Their intuitive understanding of our brands and the demands placed upon them was impressive. We look forward to some fantastic work springing from a genuine partnership.'

BMP will create advertising for the Guardian Unlimited websites as well as for the Guardian newspaper."

(Claire Cozens, 21 December 2000)

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Simon Perkins
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