Interactive timelines have become a standard format for online news. They can often be useful for:
-telling a story that spans years, decades or longer
-understanding how an event or series of events unfolded
-highlighting a person’s life or career.
The key question is this: Can the timeline format present your information in a clearer or more compelling way than other formats (text, photos, audio, etc)?
10 Weeks of the Recession (NYTimes.com)
100 Years Since the Last Cubs Victory (NYTimes.com)
The Clinton Campaign (NYTimes.com)
History of the Earth (MSNBC.com)
Casino Timeline Map (Las Vegas Sun)
Obama/McCain Debate of Oct 15, 2008 (C-Span)