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#Tip: Search Instagram pictures using Gramfeed

October 30th, 2013 | No Comments | Posted by in Search, Top tips for journalists

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This tip is one shared by Alessandro Cappai, a digital editor in Italy who attended MozFest, the Mozilla Festival at the weekend.

He pointed me in the direction Gramfeed, explaining how it can be used to explore Instagram pictures and “find images through hashtag, username or location”.

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#Tip: Try this Embed Responsively tool

Image by Sean MacEntee on Flickr. Some rights reserved

Image by Sean MacEntee on Flickr. Some rights reserved

If your site is responsive, here’s a potentially useful tool.

Embed Responsively “helps build responsive embed codes for embedding rich third-party media into responsive web pages”.

Simply enter a URL, and you’ll get an embed code.

It works for content on the following platforms: YouTube, Vimeo, Dailymotion, Google Maps, Instagram, Vine, Scribd, SoundCloud, Storify, Facebook and Twitter.

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#Tip: A great list of free tools for digital journalism

Image by JM. Some rights reserved.

Image by JM. Some rights reserved.

Journalists have a wealth of free tools available to them. And US journalist Danny Sanchez has compiled a really handy list on his blog, Journalistopia.

There are visualisation tools included, video tools, timeline tools and more.

The list is at this link.

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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 Journalism.co.uk 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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#Tip: Some useful Chrome extensions for reporters

April 9th, 2013 | 1 Comment | Posted by in Top tips for journalists
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Image by stshank on Flickr. Some rights reserved.

The ever-useful 10,000 Words blog has produced a collection of five Chrome extensions which could prove helpful for journalists to install, both for reporting and organisation purposes.

One not on the list, but a firm favourite here at Journalism.co.uk, is Transcribe, which lets users listen to their audio, transcribe, pause, rewind, slow down, speed up and fast-foward, all in the same window.

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: Tools for creating visualisations of data

April 8th, 2013 | 1 Comment | Posted by in Data, Top tips for journalists
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By Jorge Fran Ganillo on Flickr. Some rights reserved.

The website for .net magazine has posted a list of 20 tools and platforms journalists may find useful when looking to visualise data. The list also organises the tools by type, based on users’ skillsets or the sort of visualisation they want to build.

See the post by Brian Suda here.

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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Tool of the week for journalists: Taggstar, for adding links to your pictures

October 18th, 2012 | No Comments | Posted by in Design and graphics, Tool of the Week

Tool of the week: Taggstar

What is it? A tool to add links so when readers hover over a photo they see links to video, audio, text, maps, retailers and more.

How is it of use to journalists? Taggstar launched last month as a free tool to allow journalists and news sites add links to other content from photos.

It is similar to ThingLink (a previous tool of the week for journalists), but, according to TechCrunch, Taggstar is focusing much of its attention on e-commerce opportunities and making images ‘shoppable’ so that readers can find links to buy a product or service.

For example, see how MSN is using Taggstar to show where readers can buy dresses, shoes and a necklace similar to those worn by Kate Middleton.

The TechCrunch post explains how this works:

Not only can publishers make their image galleries ‘shoppable’, but Taggstar’s image search technology claims to be able to interrogate hundreds of thousands of product images from its network of over 200 retailers, and display the best results based on colour, pattern and style. It does this by relying on the tags that publishers add to their images when using Taggstar’s platform and by taking a visual swatch of the product being tagged. It then crawls through the XML feeds of retailers who have signed up to work with Taggstar and automatically delivers results by analysing those product images, as well as the related textual data.

Publishers can add a revenue stream by using Taggstar, and, according to the Taggstar FAQs, there are “more monetisation features in the pipeline”.

Publishers can also link to video, audio and other rich media sources. To test it out we added links to a photo of the Newsstand iPad app, linking to iTunes.

Before tagging an image you will need to add some code to your site or blog or download a WordPress plugin. We tested it out using Tumblr. Taggstar explains exactly what you need to do.

When logged into Taggstar you then right click any image on your site to easily add links.

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Tool of the week for journalists: Story Wheel, for easy audio slideshows

Tool of the week: Story Wheel

What is it? An easy audio slideshow tool using Instagram and SoundCloud

How is it of use to journalists? If you are a journalist who regularly uses Instagram to share photos, here is a tool that will allow you turn the images into a story.

Go to the Story Wheel site, connect your Instagram account, click the pictures you want to use and then record audio, hitting the space bar every time you want the picture to change to the next in your selection.

An audio slideshow takes just minutes to make and is a quicker option than using tools such as Soundslides.

Although you can’t embed the audio slideshow, it does offer journalists a great way of telling a story around their images and sharing via social media.

You can see examples of Instagram audio slideshows on the Story Wheel site.

According to the Story Wheel site, the tool come out of a hack day. It was built using the SoundCloud api for the audio part and is now part of SoundCloud Labs.

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#Tip of the day for journalists: Take a look at this list of tech and tools

The Web Journalist Blog has a “quite random selection of tools and technology to inspire, invoke and maybe innovate” web journalism.

It’s worth taking a look at the handy list of tools to see how many of them you are aware of.

Tipster: Marc Blank-Settle

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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Tool of the week for journalists: Cowbird, for unedited storytelling

Tool of the week: Cowbird

What is it? Cowbird allows people to tell multimedia stories, incorporating text, photos, sound, subtitles, roles, relationships, maps, tags, timelines, dedications, and characters.

It currently by invite only.

How is it of use to journalists?

Cowbird has been used by the National Geographic to allow people living in the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation to tell their own stories, in their own words and pictures.

The title has gathered the unedited stories on its site by teaming up with the creators of the storytelling tool.

Mediashift has an article on ‘how National Geographic used Cowbird storytelling tool to tell a reservation’s whole story‘, which explains why the title opted for this approach and how they teamed up with those behind the platform. It’s well worth reading.

Other news outlets could clearly take inspiration from the National Geographic and launch their own storytelling projects. It is also worth looking at the roles (such as journalist) and thinking about how people and their stories can become sources for a feature or news item.

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