About Dome 35

Dome 35 is a multimedia look at Syracuse University’s iconic Carrier Dome as it reaches its 35th year of operating. One of the nation’s last domed stadiums, and among the largest indoor on-campus sports complexes in the country, the Dome’s unique attributes have made it — and Syracuse in general — famous. Those same qualities, though, have forced the university to wrestle with whether to replace or repair the Dome, a decision the Board of Trustees is expected to make this year.

A team of 25 students used traditional and innovative journalistic techniques to explore the Dome’s past, present and future, with a focus on the people and the moments that have made the Dome truly special. This interactive presentation encompasses their work.

The student journalists were all Syracuse University juniors, seniors and graduate students enrolled in the Newhouse School‘s Web Journalism & Innovation class. Some of the techniques explored in the class and reflected in the project include 360-degree video, time-lapse video, social-media engagement, and data scraping, analysis and visualization.

The project was led by professor Jon Glass, the executive producer of Newhouse’s multimedia news magazine, TheNewsHouse.com, and course co-instructor Greg Munno, an assistant professor in the Newspaper & Online Journalism department. Recent NOJ graduate Kayli Thompson assisted with copy editing the entire project.

Newhouse web developer Jeff Passetti, who provided his expertise in web design and interactive data visualizations and graduate student assistant Brittany Wait, who took several of the cinemagraph images featured on the site, were also key to the success of the project. Also, Lenny Christopher contributed the Events cinemagraph from Billy Joel’s 2015 concert in the Dome.

Glass, Munno and the Web Journalism & Innovation students thank the staff of the Carrier Dome and SU athletic department for the time and access they gave to the student journalists who worked on the Dome 35.