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#Podcast – Snow Fall and beyond: A look at long-form online storytelling



Following last month’s the Pulitzer prize for New York Times sports reporter John Branch, the author of Snow Fall: The Avalanche at Tunnel Creek, and this week’s Webby Awards which also recognised examples of beautiful long-form storytelling online, this week’s podcast looks at some of the exciting ways newspapers and others are telling in-depth stories on digital platforms.

The podcast addresses some of the issues which arise when bringing together long-form narrative with powerful visuals and interactivity, including the sorts of stories which best suit this approach, the benefits for audiences, journalists and news outlets, and the need for experimentation, even if on a smaller scale.

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We will have more on next week from the podcast interviewees on this subject.

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#Tip: Use YouTube Time to quickly link to a specific point in a video

If you have ever wanted to link to a particular point in a YouTube video, you might be aware that you can add the time to the YouTube URL.

For example, add ‘#t=10m03s’ to the URL if you want the video to start at 10 minutes and 3 seconds.

If you find you cannot remember the code, there is a quicker way. You can simply enter the link in YouTube Time and the online tool will do the rest.


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#Podcast: Managing user-generated content in breaking news

April 19th, 2013 | No Comments | Posted by in Multimedia, Podcast

User-generated content is becoming increasingly important in reporting on breaking news situations, so this week’s podcast looks at how different organisations and platforms manage the influx of user submitted content.

  • Markham Nolan, managing editor, Storyful
  • Dan Petty, social media editor, Denver Post
  • Paul Owen, journalist and regular live blogger, Guardian
  • Ken Goldberg, project leader of the Rashomon Project, UC Berkeley

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#Tip: Try storytelling tool Cowbird – which now has embed option

April 12th, 2013 | 1 Comment | Posted by in Multimedia, Top tips for journalists

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Cowbird has released a new feature that allows you to embed a single story into a blog post or news story.

Cowbird is a storytelling tool which allows users to create multimedia stories with audio, images, text and other features.

An email was sent to Cowbird users earlier this week making them aware of the “long-awaited and much-asked-for single story embed”.

You can now embed any Cowbird story anywhere on the web, using our handsome story player (complete with audio, connections, sharing, handwriting, and more).

Just click the ‘Retell’ button on any Cowbird story, select the ‘Embed’ tab, and grab the code.

Recent examples of Cowbird stories can be found here.

Cowbird first came to our attention at when the National Geographic used it to allow people living in the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation to tell their own stories, in their own words and pictures.

Mediashift wrote this article: How National Geographic used Cowbird storytelling tool to tell a reservation’s whole story.

Cowbird is also included in our list of 14 visual storytelling tools.

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#Podcast: How magazine publishers are innovating in online video

April 5th, 2013 | No Comments | Posted by in Multimedia, Podcast
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Some magazine publishers started producing video more than 10 years ago, creating DVDs to attach to the front of magazines. Now many are producing hundreds of online videos a year.

Audiences are watching the films on the publishers’ own sites, on YouTube, and within apps; viewing on desktop computers, tablets, mobile phones and connected TVs.

In this podcast we hear from:

  • Pete Wootton, managing director of Dennis Interactive, the digital division of Dennis Publishing
  • Grant Bremner, head of Future TV at Future (which has titles including T3, TechRadar and Future Music)  
  • Kevin Perry, assistant editor of (owned by IPC Media), who also manages the music title’s video content 

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#Tip: Watch this video on how to make a film

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If you shoot and edit online videos or you are thinking of getting started, here is a two-minute guide called ‘how to make a film’.

Online video producer Adam Westbrook has shot the guide and demonstrates why shooting and editing a film is “a piece of cake”.

How to make a film from Adam Westbrook on Vimeo.

Adam Westbrook is leading a one-day course in online video journalism for on 18 April. The details are here.

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#Tip of the day for journalists: Read this advice on interviewing for video

February 11th, 2013 | No Comments | Posted by in Multimedia, Top tips for journalists

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Poynter has published a guide headlined ‘What journalists need to know about interviewing for video‘.

It contains advice on audio, lighting, framing a shot and the interview itself.

It is worth reading and bookmarking this link.

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The Sun launches ‘multimedia studio’ with video webchat

January 24th, 2013 | No Comments | Posted by in Broadcasting, Multimedia

Sun webchat

The Sun has launched a new “multimedia studio”, which it used this week to host a video webchat with actor and politician Arnold Schwarzenegger.

The studio will not be in full-time use until February, but Schwarzenegger helped open the studio on Tuesday (22 January).

The 30 minute webchat used the Showcaster platform to provide live video from their new studio, alongside a chatbox in which users could post questions. The questions were moderated and put to Schwarzenegger by showbiz editor Gordon Smart.

A video of the interview was then posted on the Sun’s online ‘showbiz’ section, accompanied by a write-up of the interview focusing on the show-business related aspects of his answers.

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#Podcast: How news outlets are bringing content ‘to life’ with augmented reality

December 7th, 2012 | No Comments | Posted by in Multimedia, Newspapers, Podcast

Image by Francis Storr on Flickr, showing Wikitude augmented reality browser. Some rights reserved.

A number of news outlets have this year launched projects centred on using augmented reality technology to bring content to life, from adding interactivity to magazine or newspaper editorial and advertising, to highlighting hyperlocal blog content to mobile users.

The podcast looks at a number of AR projects from a hyperlocal level through to national media in the UK and US. We speak to:

  • Mark Challinor, director of mobile platforms, Telegraph Media Group
  • Emily Smith, senior vice president of digital, LA Times
  • Sarah Hartley, managing director, Talk About Local
  • Hugh Mark, head of ad innovation, The Times

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#Tip of the day for journalists: How news outlets can use Instagram

On its Tumblr Instagram has produced a list of three ways news outlets can use Instagram to curate, crowdsource and “capture users’ attention”. The post also usefully links to real-life examples by news outlets which demonstrate the different suggestions made by Instagram.

See the full post.

Earlier this month reported on how the Boston Globe is using an Instagram wall to feeds its journalism. The wall displays all Instagram pictures posted in the local area as part of a partnership between the Globe and the MIT Media Lab.

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