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#Tip: Watch WSJ video on impact of mobile on journalism

November 13th, 2013 | No Comments | Posted by in Mobile, Top tips for journalists

For those trying to get to grips with how best to reach mobile audiences with their content, this short video from the Wall Street Journal (embedded below) is well worth a watch, not only to soak up some of the advice of those within digital-native outlets such as BuzzFeed, Mashable and Circa (and those with more traditional roots, like the WSJ), but also as a useful reminder about the different ways digital content is discovered, and the resulting demand for new approaches.

Hat tip: @fieldproducer

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#Tip: Sign up to Journalism.co.uk’s weekly podcasts

Image by M. Keefe on Flickr. Some rights reserved.

Image by M. Keefe on Flickr. Some rights reserved.

A bit of self promotion here, but each week at Journalism.co.uk we produce a podcast looking at topical issues in journalism, often focused on digital innovations, tools and techniques.

Recent podcasts have included:

The podcasts are published every Friday on the Journalism.co.uk homepage and our blog. All Journalism.co.uk podcasts are also published on our SoundCloud account, and you can sign up to Journalism.co.uk podcasts on iTunes.

The subjects covered in the podcasts should provide journalists with inspiration and practical tips, as well as give the opportunity to listen to what colleagues at news outlets across the world have to say on a range of subjects.

If you have a tip you would like to submit to us at Journalism.co.uk email us using this link.

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#Tip of the day for journalists: Digital projects to inspire multimedia storytelling

New York Times's Snowfall package

New York Times’s Snowfall package

On the 10,000 Words blog Lauren Rabaino puts a spotlight on ten different examples of “innovative storytelling formats”, prompted by the New York Times Snowfall package, which could inspire others considering similar projects.

If you have a tip you would like to submit to us at Journalism.co.uk email us using this link.

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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

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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

You can hear future podcasts by signing up to the Journalism.co.uk iTunes podcast feed.

Related reading/information:

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#Podcast – Paywall pointers: Digital subscription lessons for news outlets

November 16th, 2012 | No Comments | Posted by in Online Journalism, Podcast

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While digital subscriptions may not appeal to every publisher, many news outlets have launched paywalls or more metered-models in recent years as the industry looks for new revenue streams for online journalism.

In this week’s podcast we hear from those behind established paywalls at The Times, The New York Times and Piano Media (which operates national paywalls in Slovakia, Slovenia and Poland), to hear about their approaches and pointers for other news outlets considering online pay models.

The podcast hears about the importance of pay model clarity, conversations with the audience, flexibility to alter the pay model or even lift the wall in certain cases and already having a community of loyal readers. The interviewees also highlight the importance of considering models based on your own content and audience, rather than trying to find a one-size-fits-all solution.

We speak to:

  • Lucia Adams, digital development editor, the Times
  • Jim Roberts, assistant managing editor, The New York Times
  • Tomas Bella, chief executive, Piano Media

Some related reading on relatively recent paywall news:

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#Podcast – Connecting journalism and technology: Lessons for hack day success

October 12th, 2012 | No Comments | Posted by in Data, Journalism, Online Journalism, Podcast

Both within and outside of the newsroom, journalists, developers, designers – and people with other skillsets – are coming together to either work on projects as part of dedicated hack days, or just make new connections through more casual meetings.

This week’s podcast hears from those experienced in running hack day events, who share their approaches, lessons and top tips for staging hack day events and encouraging collaboration around journalistic issues.

The podcast features:

Some background reading and watching:

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#Podcast – How news publishers are branching out into the ebook market

September 21st, 2012 | 3 Comments | Posted by in Mobile, Podcast
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A number of news publishers have started to offer ebooks alongside their usual output, with content varying from original works produced especially for that platform, to collections of content offering a packaged reading experience, such as based on an overall theme or event.

In this week’s podcast, Journalism.co.uk editor Rachel McAthy speaks to three people who have entered the ebook market. The podcast looks at their approaches, and some of the lessons learnt so far.

The podcast hears from:

  • Martin Belam, principal consultant at Emblem
  • Michael Wolf, a vice president at GigaOM
  • Daniel Ionescu, managing editor of The Lincolnite

Here is some background reading and information on some of the topics covered in the podcast

You can hear future podcasts by signing up to the Journalism.co.uk iTunes podcast feed.

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#Podcast – Discussing user experience and news site design

September 7th, 2012 | No Comments | Posted by in Multimedia, Podcast
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A topic which comes up frequently in industry conference discussions is that of user experience, from engaging users with immersive, rich and interactive content, to providing a clear journey through the site.

In this week’s podcast we discuss just some of the issues relating to digital user experience, focusing on the importance of audience research and the presentation of content on digital platforms, with pointers from digital journalism and design experts.

The podcast hears from:

While this week’s podcast focuses on the user experience in terms of the design and delivery of content, this previous Journalism.co.uk podcast looks at building interactive content itself and offers tips for creating engaging experiences for audiences with interactives.

You can hear future podcasts by signing up to the Journalism.co.uk iTunes podcast feed.

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#Podcast – Real-time reporting: Liveblogging lessons for digital journalists

August 24th, 2012 | No Comments | Posted by in Journalism, Online Journalism, Podcast

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Whether you’re a journalist working for a national news outlet, a niche magazine or a local newspaper, there are likely to be plenty of opportunities for you to put liveblogging skills into practice. From big breaking news events and regular local public meetings, to political speeches and visual gadget launches, online audiences are keen to be fed up-to-the-minute information.

In this week’s podcast we hear from three journalists who have much experience in liveblogging for a range of audiences, and are able to share some of the lessons they have learned along the way. As well as some practical pointers on managing a liveblog, we also discuss recent technology developments which have helped enhance the liveblogs of today and what developments are just round the corner.

The podcast hears from:

  • Josh Halliday, reporter, the Guardian
  • Neil Macdonald, head of web and data development, for Trinity Mirror in Merseyside, which includes looking after the websites for the Liverpool Daily Post and Liverpool Echo
  • Adam Tinworth, independent consultant and journalist, working in the fields of digital journalism, social media and blogging

Josh, Neil and Adam shared lots more practical tips with us on liveblogging – keep an eye on Journalism.co.uk over the coming week(s) for more of their advice.

In the meantime here is some background reading on liveblogging from Journalism.co.uk:

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#Podcast – Digital lessons and opportunities for long-form journalism

August 10th, 2012 | No Comments | Posted by in Journalism, Podcast

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In recent years a number of interesting platforms and projects dedicated to long-form journalism have launched, in a bid to give the reporting style a solid footing in the digital space.

And research has shown that portable devices, such as the iPad, are likely to be natural playgrounds for the longer read. For example, a study carried out by the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism with the Economist Group and released in October last year, found that tablet owners spend around an hour and a half each day on their device – suggesting users may have time for more immersive experiences, as well as accessing the latest news snippets.

To find out more about the digital evolution of long-form journalism this podcast hears from three people closely involved in digital publication about the challenges which have been faced by long-form non-fiction, the new and innovative projects and platforms emerging in the digital world, and the business models supporting them.

We speak to:

  • Alissa Quart, editor-at-large, The Atavist
  • Jim Giles, co-founder, Matter
  • Lucia Adams, digital development editor, The Times

Here’s more on Matter from Journalism.co.uk, and here are some links for wider reading across the web on the topic of long-form journalism on digital platforms:

You can hear future podcasts by signing up to the Journalism.co.uk iTunes podcast feed.

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