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#Podcast: The rise of microvideo in online news

May 10th, 2013 | No Comments | Posted by in Mobile, Multimedia, Podcast

The rising tide of microvideo apps for smartphones is an increasing feature in online and mobile news reporting. This podcast looks at what is driving this change, some of the different platforms being used and what this could potentially mean for how news is received and reported in online and mobile forms in the future.

We speak to:

  • Michael Downing, founder and CEO, Tout
  • Jim Brady, editor-in-chief, Digital First Media
  • Neha Manaktala, chief operations officer, Vizibee
  • Marc Settle, trainer in mobile journalism, BBC College of Journalism
  • Michael Anastasi, vice president and executive editor, Los Angeles Newspaper Group

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

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

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App of the week for journalists: Tout, for sharing videos WSJ-style

App of the week: Tout

Phones: iPhone, Android

Cost: free

What is it? An app that allows you to record and share 15-second video clips.

How is it of use to journalists? Last week we reported on how and why Wall Street Journal reporters are sharing short videos filmed on their mobile phones.

The news site has created WorldStream, a micro-video blog by reporters, to provide context and “impressionistic colour”, Liz Heron, director of social media and engagement at the Wall Street Journal, told Journalism.co.uk.

Reporters provide the content by using a customised version of Tout, modified to allow WSJ reporters to post clips of up to 45 seconds.

 

Heron told Journalism.co.uk how readers are far more likely to view a short video clip shared on social media than a long film.

Other journalists can take inspiration and use the app to create and share smartphone footage. Tout also allows you to connect with the network of users, which includes 400 WSJ reporters.

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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