Tag: Tools

VR and AR: New ways of telling stories

Virtual and augmented reality give journalists the ability to tell stories that the audience can experience rather than simply consume. Both involve computer-generated imagery but use it differently. VR creates a simulation of real life while AR adds layers to…

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Interacting with your news, from bots to voice assistants

There are thousands of them on Facebook Messenger alone, and journalism organizations with plenty of resources and lots of room for innovation have been experimenting with chat bots, voice interfaces and machine learning to engage their audiences. For the uninitiated,…

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Free tools for audio stories

Did you know you can go live on Facebook with audio only? Are you aware of an app that creates a video of an audio recording? Kim Fox knows all this and more. She’s an associate professor of practice at…

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Tell a story by comparing photos

Natural disasters can change lives and landscapes in an instant. Before-and-after photos are a great way to tell the story of a wildfire, a tornado or a hurricane. And it’s easy make a photo comparison interactive using a free tool…

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Podcasting tips

What are the keys to creating a successful podcast? That depends on how you define success. Podcasts are niche products, by definition. “When you choose a topic, you are limiting the size of your audience,” says Michael O’Connell, host of…

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Local TV anchors and reporters share social media strategies

Like many other television news stations, WLOX in South Mississippi realizes that a large portion of its viewing audience comes from social media sites. New producers and reporters learn how to write Web stories, tweet and post to Facebook long…

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Must-have multimedia tools for TV journalists

When Tony Russell heads out to cover a story for KOTV in Tulsa, Oklahoma, his toolkit includes two phones and a host of apps.  His favorite is Instagram. “I use Instagram because I like to show viewers what I’m working…

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5 easy ways to better produce an online story

It’s a rare TV newsroom that does not require its journalists to write a Web version of their stories.  Lynn Walsh, who produces multimedia for the Scripps National Digital Desk has done more than her fair share. She offers some…

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