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#Tip: Learn how to turn TV archive footage into interactive videos

January 23rd, 2014 | No Comments | Posted by in Top tips for journalists

Brian Williamson of the Office of Digital and Design Innovation (ODDI) recently posted a video explainer on how to access archive footage from ’500,000 broadcasts’, largely from US-based outlets, and extract key segments.

From there, Williamson takes different clips and makes ‘Jon Stewart moments”, highlighting politicians’ chameleonic views on certain subjects.

With the TV News Archive, ODDI’s free KettleCorn video software and a little sardonic humour, Williamson shows how easy it can be to make quick video segments from archive footage to tell new stories.

KettleCorn also gives the option to add layers of interactivity – including embedded maps, links, wikipedia pages.

Williamson will be running Journalism.co.uk’s intensive 3-hour workshop on KettleCorn’s additional features and the tenets of web-native video on 21 February.

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#Tip: Consider different video styles for digital journalism

December 20th, 2013 | No Comments | Posted by in Top tips for journalists
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By dominicotine on Flickr. Some rights reserved.

For newsrooms looking at how to deliver content through the engaging medium of video, take a look at this post – “three ways newsrooms experimented with video in 2013” - on the International Journalists’ Network website, which gives real industry examples from the past year, covering three different styles of online video, from documentaries and interactive video, to short-form.

For more shorter-form video ideas, also check out this list of five different examples which Journalism.co.uk published last month.

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#Tip: Check out this Storify of a recent #mojochat mobile journalism discussion

October 25th, 2013 | No Comments | Posted by in Mobile, Top tips for journalists

Mobile journalism is an emerging field, driven by the constant stream of new technological hardware and software, so it is important to occasionally take stock and discuss what options people are available.

Last week a number of mobile journalism experts – including Glen Mulcahy, Neal Augenstein and Marc Settle – got together on Twitter discuss phones, apps, best practice and the very definition of what mobile journalism is. Former reporter and producer Amani Channel moderated the session and put together a Storify to sum up the discussion.

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#Tip: Consider accepting direct messages from anyone on Twitter

October 17th, 2013 | No Comments | Posted by in Top tips for journalists
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Image by petesimon on Flickr. Some rights reserved

Twitter has changed its policy on direct messages to allow users to accept direct messages from any other user, instead of just those people you follow.

Mashable has reported that this option has been available for some select users since 2011, but it is now being rolled out to a larger group of users.

If this includes you, the option can be found in the ‘Accounts’ section of Twitter’s settings with a simple check box, making you more readily contactable by sources for potential stories.

Naturally this also makes you more susceptible to drowning in a deluge of spammy messages, which is why Twitter have apparently stopped users including links in direct messages according to ReadWrite.

Nieman Lab have a neat summary of pros, cons and comment from Twitter users in their post reporting the change which can give you a little more insight should you wish to take the plunge.

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#Tip: Download these storyboard templates

October 14th, 2013 | 1 Comment | Posted by in Multimedia, Top tips for journalists

The visual nature of the web means that video is becoming a central aspect of a news organisation’s output, even if they have traditionally been focussed on print.

These storyboard templates from Printable Paper can help to plan a story or a shoot in visual terms and are just as useful for filming as they are for web design or interactives.

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#Tip: Advice on ethics and best practice in data journalism

September 27th, 2013 | No Comments | Posted by in Data, Top tips for journalists

As a still emerging field, data journalism throws up a number of practical and ethical pitfalls that have no real precedent in the industry.

Paul Bradshaw, who runs an MA in online journalism at Birmingham University and is a visiting Professor at city University London, has been publishing a series of articles through his Online Journalism Blog this week that seek to define some elements of best practice when it comes working with online data sources.

Privacy, protection of sources, automation and more are covered as part of a “draft book chapter on ethics in data journalism” Bradshaw is producing. Well worth remembering for established data journalists or those just starting out.

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#Tip: A guide to the best time for posting to social media and more

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Sorting through the chaos of social media is just as important for readers looking for articles as it is for journalists looking for leads. So it helps to know when you readers are most likely to be online to let them know what stories are important each day, or each week.

Belle Beth Cooper wrote a post, based on research, for social media sharing platform Buffer detailing the best times to post articles or updates to social media networks, publish blogs or send out e-newsletters. Every audience has its idiosyncracies but as a starting point for thinking about how to time posts and updates it is an insightful read.

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#Tip: Remember these tips on live-tweeting

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Image by petesimon on Flickr. Some rights reserved

Live-tweeting has taken on a prominent role in events coverage as an integral part of the 24-hour news cycle. As well as writing up a traditional news piece, reporters are often expected to give live coverage to conferences, speeches, protests, sports events, court cases, council meetings and any other context of breaking news, within the law. Anyone can tweet, but not everyone can do it well.

So Adam Tinworth, online journalism lecturer at City University, digital media consultant and liveblogger since 2001, has shared his three top tips on live tweeting, a blog post which is gathering further useful comments from other digital luminaries.

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#Tip: How iOS7 affects reporting from an iPhone

September 23rd, 2013 | No Comments | Posted by in Journalism, Mobile, Top tips for journalists

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Apple’s new iOS7 has been greeted with both cheers and cries for its abandonment of skeuomorphism, inclusion of parallax scrolling and host of new features, but what are the practical implications for journalists?

On his #iphonereporting blog, Neal Augenstein is compiling a list of how the changes and upgrades are affecting different apps and the phone’s overall practicality for reporting. He already has a detailed list but is appealing for further contributions and will be adding to

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#Tip: Learn how to make YouTube work for you

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By dominicotine on Flickr. Some rights reserved.

The role of video in online journalism is becoming increasingly important and, aside from the basics of filming and editing, there are other ways to make video content more effective online.

YouTube channels can be a successful way to find and engage with an audience, whether for your blog, magazine or news outlet, and at their free-to-join Creator Academy there are lessons on using YouTube to the full. The current course, on how to “maximise your channel”, comprises six lessons on a “self-paced” format.

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