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Four Free Ways to Add Interactivity to Your Next News Story

You don't have to be a programming prodigy to add interactivity to your content.

Steven King, professor of multimedia journalism at UNC Chapel Hill and former video editor for The Washington Post, showcased free and inexpensive tools for interactive storytelling at the recent Journalism Interactive (J/i) conference, a gathering of journalism educators and professionals.

IJNet attended King's session and picked these four tools to highlight for adding visual elements on the cheap to your next news story or project.

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Eight Tools That Should Be on Every Digital Journalist's Radar

When Charlie Beckett asked me to join the Polis journalism conference this week at the London School of Economics and Political Science, he showed the depth of his university by asking a surprisingly practical journalism question for a school ranked No. 2 in the world in the research-laden “communication and media studies” field.

Beckett wanted to know about the newest digital tools journalists are using to do accountability journalism (which some of us still call watchdog journalism). My first reaction was to mention some of the “golden oldies” Knight Foundation has funded and followed: the encryption software Tor; the investigative paper-tamer Document Cloud and its advanced story-finding cousin Overview; the visual storytelling tool Timeline JS; and the classic crowdmapping application Ushahidi. These are, all in all, used by thousands of journalists and newsrooms and are the subject of the regular digital tools tutorials supported by the American Press Institute, the Poynter Institute and Knight. But then I saw Jonathan Stray was coming to talk about Overview. You can’t top that.

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Cloud-based Products Help Small South African Publishers With Content, Ads

An African News Innovation Challenge-winning project is helping 18 local newspapers in South Africa handle content management and advertising sales without investing in expensive information systems.

The web-based Impreshin offers an alternative to clunkier ways of managing ads and developing content, such as sending documents or spreadsheets back and forth via email or over a shared hard drive.

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Three Ways the Journalism Business is Changing

Three of the speakers at the International Symposium on Online Journalism changed the way I look at the business of journalism: Jim Moroney, CEO of A.H. Belo and publisher of the Dallas Morning News; Valtteri Halla, chief technical officer at Leia Media in Finland and Jim Bankoff, founder and CEO of Vox Media.

Here is what got my attention.

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New Book For Budding Journalists: "The ABC List of Feature Ideas"

Lighthouse Publishers of the Carolinas has released “The ABC List of Feature Ideas,” a new book for budding journalists by Michael Ray Smith, a communication studies professor at Campbell University and one of the trainers for Magazine Training International.

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LittWorld 2015: Singapore Chosen as Venue for Global Publishing Event

MAI is pleased to announce LittWorld 2015 will take place in Singapore, November 2 to 6, 2015. “As a global commercial center and travel hub, Singapore makes a strategic venue for LittWorld 2015,” MAI President John Maust said. “We’re glad to make the training more easily accessible to colleaguesID-100160180 in Asia, where MAI training has grown significantly in recent years.”

Every three years, MAI convenes LittWorld, the only international conference of its kind, providing intensive training on strategic, publishing-related topics. The conference gathers nearly 200 Christian publishing staff and writers from 50 countries.

Bernice Lee

Bernice Lee

Bernice Lee, chair of the local host committee, welcomes Christian publishing colleagues worldwide. “I’m really excited to welcome you to Singapore. In his 1978 evangelistic rally here, Billy Graham declared that Singapore would be the ‘Antioch of Asia.’ Like Antioch in the book of Acts, God continues to ‘open the door of faith to the Gentiles’ via Singapore. It is a privilege and joy to continue carrying out this calling through LittWorld 2015.” Lee notes that Asia is home to about 80 percent of the world’s 4.4 billion people who are not Christians.

Men and women from 95 countries have participated in the conference since it began in 1986. Through LittWorld, MAI has seen publishing houses born, new books conceived, and skills refined for more effective publishing. Inevitably, participants take away a new or reinforced commitment to publish books and articles by local authors in the heart language and culture of readers.

“It was truly a life-changing event for me to be with 190+ people from 50 different nations, all focused on spreading the Gospel and making disciples of Christ,” said literary agent Alice Crider after the last LittWorld.

Further details and registration will become available at www.littworld.org. For more information, email info@littworld.org or call (630) 260-9063.

- See more at: http://www.littworldonline.org/blog/2014/01/littworld-2015-singapore-chosen-as-venue-for-global-publishing-event/#sthash.OqELgfjY.dpuf
Christian Literature and Media Association (CLAMA) have decided to coordinate a World Christian Expo and International Book fair from the 2nd of September to 7th of September, 2013 at Bangalore Campus Crusade ground to bring together Christian book publishers, media, magazine editors, book sellers, gift manufactures and other Christian supplier and also to conduct exhibitions, organizing seminar honoring contributors to the world of Christian literature.

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World Christian Expo 2014 and International Bookfair, 2-7 September, 2014 in Bangalore

Christian Literature and Media Association (CLAMA) have decided to coordinate a World Christian Expo and International Book fair from the 2nd of September to 7th of September, 2013 at Bangalore Campus Crusade ground to bring together Christian book publishers, media, magazine editors, book sellers, gift manufactures and other Christian supplier and also to conduct exhibitions, organizing seminar honoring contributors to the world of Christian literature.

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