Mobile journalism now easier on Android devices

When I conduct training on using mobile devices as news gathering tools, the room is generally filled with journalists wielding iPhones. However, in a recent podcast produced by journalism.co.uk, some mobile experts are suggesting that 2015 was a game changing year for producing news content with Android devices. Florian Reichart, the man behind @smartfilming on Twitter, …

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Online news video survey says…

…long and high quality is better. Research published in the Newspaper Research Journal, “Longer, Higher Quality Videos Preferred by News Viewers” had several key findings: Viewers preferred high-quality videos over low-quality videos. (Not exactly a big surprise!) While prior research indicates that people can tolerate lower-quality videos if they like the content, this study suggests viewers “would …

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New opportunities for multimedia journalism

One downside of social media like Twitter and Facebook is the way information has to be compressed. The more popular these platforms have become, the more journalists have feared the extinction of something many of them hold dear: long-form storytelling. But digital technology doesn’t only value brevity over depth. It also opens the door to new story …

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Finding new online storytelling forms

The Internet is really still in its infancy, and according to USC’s Koci Hernandez, that means journalists still have time to help mold it as a storytelling platform. “We have small opportunity while the Internet is still a baby to change the way things are done, presented or seen on this new creative platform,” says …

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App makes creating mobile video faster, easier for TV reporter

Reporting a story on social media as it happens is one more task that reporters like Beth Parker at Fox 5 DC have to work into their days. Parker recently covered the aftermath of a storm that brought a tree down on top of the home of a blind woman. Parker got to the scene …

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Storytelling the Bob Dotson way

NBC’s Bob Dotson has never been one to follow the herd. He’s built a career out of telling the stories of ordinary people doing extraordinary things on his American Story franchise for the Today Show. How did he get where he is?  “I think almost every break I got in this business is something I started on …

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Smart strategies for more online video sharing

You’ve seen the statistics — millions of Americans will watch more than a billion videos online today.  And who better to dominate the online video audience than TV stations?  Yet, how much video gets aired that never makes it’s way to social media or the Web?  A ton! Journalism.co.uk provides some new ways of thinking …

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Infographic and timeline tools made easy

It’s one thing to know your story could use an infographic or a timeline, and it’s quite another thing to build one yourself!  So, here’s a look at two, free online sites that make building either a breeze. The good folks at Northwestern University’s Knight Lab have created an open-source tool called TimelineJS that allows …

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Creating stronger multimedia stories

MediaStorm has built a business by not doing perishable stories, according to founder Brian Storm. Storm, who made a name for himself as the first director of multimedia at MSNBC.com, spoke to a group of journalists about his strategies for producing powerful visual narratives that have a long shelf life. “I’m looking for people to …

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Snow Fall and the future of multimedia storytelling

Expansive, interactive, engaging–the New York Times multimedia feature Snow Fall is all of that and more. The six-part online feature took more than six months to produce. Lead reporter John Branch worked with video journalist Catherine Spangler and a team of multimedia producers and graphic designers to develop one of the most talked-about online stories ever. More than …

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