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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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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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