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#Tip of the day for journalists: Different ways to use Pinterest

November 14th, 2012 | No Comments | Posted by in Photography, Top tips for journalists

A magazine by the Society of Professional Journalists, Quill, recently published a post by Jodi Mozdzer which looked at the different ways news outlets are using Pinterest which could offer some inspiration for journalists wanting to making the most of the platform. Examples include posting front pages, key quotes from articles, user-generated content, staff biographies or illustrations.

Earlier this year Journalism.co.uk also listed ideas for 10 ways news outlets can use Pinterest.

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#Tip of the day for journalists: Five ideas for using ThingLink

The 10,000 Words blog has a post with ‘five ideas for ThinkLinked’ journalism‘.

ThingLink is a free tool that allows you to add rich media, such as YouTube videos, SoundCloud recordings and Wikipedia entries to photographs.

It is a previous Journalism.co.uk ‘app of the week for journalists‘ and is used by NME, in this case to annotate a poster with music and videos from the bands listed.

The 10,000 Words post includes this tagged image by Berliner Morgenpost. It shows those present in the ‘situation room’ during the raid which resulted in the death of Osama Bin Laden and links to Wikipedia entries explaining who the individuals in the room are.

The 10,000 Words post also suggests that journalists should use ThinkLink for:

1. Timelines

2. Maps

3. Who’s who

4. Infographics

5. Documents

Jonas Forth, creative director of ThinkLink will be speaking at our digital journalism conference news:rewired on 6 December. The agenda and ticket details are at this link.

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#Podcast – The visual story: Ideas for making the most of the digital image

October 5th, 2012 | No Comments | Posted by in Photography, Podcast
By Potzuyoko on Flickr. Some rights reserved.

Image by Potzuyoko on Flickr. Some rights reserved

While it is standard procedure for news outlets to attach a picture to most articles published to digital devices, there are a number of different ways publications can use images on their own news sites to illustrate a story, as well as social platforms such as Pinterest.

In this podcast we look at just some examples from the Washington Post, the Guardian, the Huffington Post UK and Grazia magazine, ranging from slideshows, audio slideshows and galleries, through to interactive images, live streams and curated Instagrams.

The podcast hears from:

  • Matthew Tucker, deputy picture editor, Huffington Post UK
  • Cory Haik, executive producer for digital news, Washington Post
  • Peter Sale, multimedia producer, the Guardian
  • Jess Vince, web editor, Grazia magazine

Below are links to some of the projects referred to in the podcast:

Also, here is a link to a previous Journalism.co.uk podcast which looks in more detail at how news outlets are using Pinterest.

Disclaimer: The podcast refers to ThingLink, as an example of a platform used by news outlets interviewed to create interactive images. ThingLink is also a sponsor of Journalism.co.uk’s digital journalism conference news:rewired – digital stories.

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#Tip of the day for journalists: iPhone photography

Following yesterday’s tip, which linked to a video outlining photojournalism tips, today’s tip is a webchat on Poynter which focuses on iPhone photography.

The chat, which can be revisited here, is described as looking at the “benefits and drawbacks of iPhone photography, the role that apps like Hipstamatic and Instagram play in journalism, and the related ethical issues”.

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#Tip of the day for journalists: practical photojournalism advice

September 11th, 2012 | No Comments | Posted by in Photography, Top tips for journalists

The TrustMedia site – part of the Thomson Reuters Foundation focused on journalism training and media development – has published a video outlining seven photojournalism tips, as shared by Damir Sagolj, a photographer with the news agency.

The video hears Sagoli discussing the importance of matters such as support from translators and fixers in countries being visited, doing your research on a story beforehand and getting ample practice with your equipment.

See the video here.

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#Tip of the day from Journalism.co.uk – 19 resources to improve video and photo skills

Mashable has collated 19 posts on guides, gadgets and tools to enable you to improve your video and photography skills.

The list is at this link.

Tipster: Sarah Marshall

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Video by The Times outlines thinking behind Olympic wraps and community reaction

August 14th, 2012 | No Comments | Posted by in Photography

The Times has published a video today on YouTube which hears from deputy editor Keith Blackmore, design editor Jon Hill and deputy picture editor Elizabeth Orcutt, as well as communities editor Ben Whitelaw, about the thinking behind its Olympic wraps. As Blackmore says:

The first one was terrifying. Once you made a commitment to do it, and we’d committed right from the start to do this every single day of the Olympic games … you’ve got to do it.

The video includes a look at the decision behind the very first wrap, which wanted to visualise the dawning of the Olympics in London. The Times sent a photographer out every morning the week ahead of the Olympics to photograph the sun coming up over the Olympic stadium, before it was decided a shot of the London Bridge with its Olympic rings was the better shot for the job.

The video, which can be played below, also talks about the reaction to the wraps on social media from the community.

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#Tip of the day from Journalism.co.uk – how to create animated GIFs and when to use them

The 10,000 Words blog has addressed use of animated GIFs in Olympics reporting. In the post Kevin Loker states the debate has been rumbling for some time.

The success of GIF-infused content in actual news content has some media circles buzzing around a long time internet graphic capability: “Is this an overlooked tool, or just a fad?”, “Are we Buzzfeedifying maintsream news orgs, or is that a silly question now?”, and “should journalists embrace them, or are they somehow detrimental to the craft?”

Loker concludes that he can “comfortably say there are indeed reasons the animated GIF can work well to tell a story online”.

He proposes five questions to ask yourself when considering using a GIF. They are at this link.

There is also a ‘how to GIF‘ post on Poynter.

Tipster: Sarah Marshall

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#Tip of the day from Journalism.co.uk – advice for budding photojournalists

The Times is running a competition to find its young photographer of the year. It has published 10 tips for budding photojournalists to offer some guidance.

No subscription is required to read the tips from Times new photographer Ben Gurr.

Here is one tip to give you a flavour:

Study your subject with childlike curiosity and do not forget the background.

Tipster: Sarah Marshall

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App of the week: 360 Panorama, for ‘multilayered storytelling’

July 4th, 2012 | No Comments | Posted by in App of the Week, Photography

App of the week: 360 Panorama

Phones: iPhone, iPad, Android

Cost: £0.69

What is it? An app to take panorama photos

How is it of use to journalists? Speaking at the Guardian Activate Summit last week, Wall Street Journal social media editor Neal Mann (@fieldproducer on Twitter) spoke about the potential for the role of “multilayered storytelling” in journalism.

He used the example of how long-form journalism could be accompanied by an additional “layer” of a map showing the location where tweets were posted and photos were taken, as Mann did when sharing updates on a recent trip to Burkina Faso. He also said how journalists are starting to share “background” to the story such as 360 degree panoramas.

If you want to try this out there’s a fantastic app for that. Using the 360 app, simply point the camera and your phone will automatically take a series of pictures and stitch them together in real-time.

 

The app also allows you to add comments and show the location where the panorama picture was taken.

Have you got a favourite app that you use as a journalist? Fill in this form to nominate an app for Journalism.co.uk’s app of the week for journalists.

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