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.
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.
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.
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.