An unofficial and incomplete look at how major news outlets over the world reacted to the main events throughout the year 2015. If you find something wrong or missing, feel free to comment below.
Charlie Hebdo Attacks
The year started off with the shocking and disturbing attacks on the French satirical magazine "Charlie Hebdo" when two heavily armed shooters entered the office of the paper on 7th January - killing twelve people and leaving eleven injured. The manhunt occuring after the attacks in the center of Paris claimed another five lives.
The international media responded with detailed coverage explaining the events in detail. Interactive journalists around the world tried to visualize the events using interactive maps and timelines combined with pictures and videos taken by reporters at the scene.
While the story developed in France, the New York Times came up with a visual timeline
that was updated with the latest happenings. As the background of the attackers got revealed, the same newspaper published a visualization that explains how the two attackers got radicalized
Five days after the attacks, The Guardian published an article
which shows the victims and their respective background.
Germanwings Flight 4U9525
On 24th of March an Airbus-A320 operated by the German airline Germanwings was intentionally crashed in the french alps by one of the pilots which resulted in a death toll of 150.
While it was completely unclear how the crash has happened, news sites from all over the world started analyzing data obtained from Flightradar24
which gave insights about altitude, speed and position of the aircraft. This led to different maps
that show the location of the crash site
and charts visualizing the altitude of the plane.
The biggest natural disaster of 2015 happened in April, when a devastating earthquake hit Nepal near its capital Kathmandu. Over 9,000 people were killed and 23,000 injured.
Many others have published before-and-after image sliders 
which show the destructive extent of the quake.
Greek Dept Crisis
Greece, which is struggling an intense dept crisis since 2010 got international attention throughout 2015 by holding several important elections and negotiations accompanied by debates about the future of Greece in the Eurozone.
One of the main topics that was reported on during the whole year of 2015 is the European Refugee Crisis which is far from over. In interactive storytelling and data journalism this topic has brought many powerful stories
, dealing with the fate of the refugees trying to reach Europe under prohibitive conditions. Other pieces were rather rational than emotional by trying to find solutions for the crisis through data analysis and visualization
The Syrian War and the "Islamic State"
Directly connected with the refugee crisis are the terrible events that happen in Syria, where the civil war has grown at a fearful rate. While the "Islamic State" is growing, many western countries have started to send out forces to fight against the terrorist group.
America's 2016 Presidential Election
Gun Violence in USA
One of the most powerful and creative pieces of this year
was published by the New York Times. With impressive simplicity, they illustrated in detail which weapons were used in the mass shootings and how the offenders got their guns.
Not only the mass shootings were present in the media over the whole year. The killings by law enforcement officers in the United States have also been a topic in 2015. The Guardian covered that topic with a special site called "The Counted"
which is updated daily. The Washington Post has developed a similar project
which allows the reader to browse through all victims of police shootings in 2015.
On 13th of November, 2015, the world again looked at Paris, when terrorists killed 130 people in multiple brutal attacks throughout the city. Large newspapers like The New York Times
and The Guardian
covered the ongoing events by creating updating articles that visualize the location of the attacks
and the facts that were know by then.
In November, the Climate Change Conference took place in Paris. On that occasion, the Financial Times published a climate change calculator
and The Guardian created an interactive about the Mekong river