Interactive timelines that support media embeds from Twitter, Flickr, Google Maps, YouTube, Vimeo, Vine, Dailymotion, Wikipedia, SoundCloud and more
Drop pins to make embeddable maps
Authoring tool to tell location-based timelines and stories
Interactive charts and maps (line charts, area charts, bar charts, pie charts, heat maps, and more)
Tool that creates simple, embeddable charts
Inline audio players for embedding short clips of music, spoken word, or natural sound
Embed Vimeo videos, can also be used for full-width videos
Embed Youtube videos
Image slider for comparing photos and gifs to highlight then/now or before/after stories
Pop out images, great for showcasing scanned documents or images
Social storytelling by embedding tweets, photos, gifs, videos, and audio
NBN Meme Generator
Create social sharing images for Twitter and Facebook
NBN Teaser Generator
Create teasers for the NBN homepage
NBN Thumbnail Generator
Create thumbnails for the NBN homepage
NBN Quiz Generator
Use spreadsheets to create interactive multiple choice quizzes, flowcharts, and true/false quizzes
First, brainstorm what you envision for your project. What kind of story are you trying to tell and how can interactive elements communicate it? Approach the Interactive editors with some ideas. As the writer or editor, you understand the story best. If you aren't sure how to translate your story to the web, pick out key elements you wish to highlight (i.e. photos, nonlinear narrative, data analysis and explanation) and discuss it with the Interactive editors.
Second, make sure you aren't adding interactivity just for interactivity's sake. It's great to want to do something with parallax scrolling (because sometimes it looks really cool), but remember that every visual or interactive design choice should serve a purpose that helps the reader in some way. Although it's important to know the types of tools and technologies available for you, it's equally important to lead with ideas.
Third, work closely with the interactive team throughout the reporting process. Traditionally, the interactive section has been a service desk where people hand off finished stories and ask "make this interactive." Though this may apply for some stories (especially if they're time sensitive), there's less interesting things that can be done with an almost-finished product. It's like making brownies - if you thrust a freshly-baked batch at someone and ask them to make mint chocolate chip brownies, they might be able to put some on the top, but it won't taste half as good as it would've been if you'd added the mint chocolate chips before they went in the oven. Work with the Interactive section even when it's just a half-baked idea: we'll make it delicious.
Allow at least 2 weeks for the Interactive team to work on your project.