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#Tip: New site offering tips ‘for visual journalists’

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Today’s tip comes via the 10,000 Words blog, which reports on and recommends new site Columbia Visuals (set up by Columbia Journalism School).

The site describes itself as a “resource for visual journalists”, and according to 10,000 Words offers pointers on “everything from copyright information and inspiration for great storytelling to practical tips on how to cover high-stress events like protests”.

If you have a tip you would like to submit to us at email us using 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
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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 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’s digital journalism conference news:rewired – digital stories.

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#Tip of the day for journalists: Creating engaging interactives

Poynter has rounded-up some tips on building engaging interactives, based on pointers from the Guardian’s interactive editor in the US Gabriel Dance and interactive designer Feilding Cage. Their pointers include the importance of ‘shareability’ and the ability to integrate interactives elsewhere.

For more on this subject, see’s feature on how to engage the audience with interactives.

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

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#Podcast – Engaged storytelling: Top tips on building interactives for local and national media

July 27th, 2012 | No Comments | Posted by in Online Journalism, Podcast

Big news events, such as the Olympic games which are officially opened later today, provide news outlets with great opportunities to offer their audiences a broad range of coverage, from traditional news reports to digitally led user experiences incorporating live and social technologies.

This week’s podcast looks at the processes involved for building interactives, whether focused on news events with long lead-in times or more day-to-day stories. The podcast features plenty of tips from interactive storytelling experts on the winning formula for an engaging interactive, and what elements should be prioritised when working on such projects.

In the order they appear, the podcast below hears from:

  • Alastair Dant, lead interactive technologist, the Guardian
  • Martin Jefferies, chief reporter, KM Group
  • Conrad Quilty-Harper, interactive news editor, the Telegraph
  • Shannon Perkins, editor of interactive technology,

Here are a couple of links which look at projects referred to in the podcast, which may also be of interest:

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#news2011: Bringing animation into news content: ‘provides fuller picture of events’

November 28th, 2011 | No Comments | Posted by in Events, Journalism

An interesting part of the visual journalism session at the Global Editors Network summit in Hong Kong today looked at where animation can work with news, by hearing about the work of Next Media.

The company, which is based in Taiwan, produces animation clips based on news events. One of their clips, which depicted a story relating to golfer Tiger Woods has so far received seven million views.

Content and business development manager Mike Logan told the conference the animations aim to offer a “fuller picture of events we believe happened at the time”.

That’s how we use animation at Next Media, animating the missing action. Doing news reporting you have an interview but it’s missing a crucial piece of video and that’s action not happening.

He also discussed News Media’s distribution platform News Direct, which offers –free of charge – “more traditional animation to help supplement video”.

This can simply be downloaded by news outlets and added to their own video work. Next Media’s own animations are also embeddable, such as this one posted on its blog in February to illustrate the sale of the Huffington Post.

Find out more on Next Media here.

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#Tip of the day from – inspiration for visual journalism

Photojournalism: The Nieman Foundation has created a fantastic resource charting developments in photojournalism, as well as some inspirational work, on its new visual journalism site. Worth a look by photojournalists – new and old. Tipster: Laura Oliver.

To submit a tip to, use this link – we will pay a fiver for the best ones published.

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Ken Kobre: Visual journalism trends

March 19th, 2010 | 1 Comment | Posted by in Editors' pick, Photography

Photojournalism professor Ken Kobre takes a look at Harvard’s Nieman Report and its visual journalism feature.

We had to ignore our email inbox and take the phone off the hook find the requisite time to delve into it.

Digest at this link…

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Radio documentary tracks careers of London College of Printing photojournalism graduates

February 1st, 2010 | No Comments | Posted by in Broadcasting, Photography

Miles Warde tells the story of a group of photojournalism graduates from the London College of Printing from the 1990s who set out to witness world events and, in some cases, lost their lives in the process (hat tip @rosieniven).

Overexposed is available on iPlayer in the UK only (without using some cunning and illegal trickery) for another 10 days.

Also check out the Guardian’s 100 years of great press photography.

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