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Web Tools for Journalists

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I created this presentation for an October 2011 visit to the journalism program at the University of Iowa. …

I created this presentation for an October 2011 visit to the journalism program at the University of Iowa.

It includes examples of and references to free tools that can be used to create multimedia news stories.

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  • 1. Telling thestoryMultimedia Journalism By Holly Edgell October 2011
  • 2. What kind of journalist are you?  You may have a “first love” or affinity for a particular platform  Audio  Video  Text  Photography  Graphics
  • 3. Forget that for now! Consider yourself a multimedia journalist Assess your strengths and weaknesses.  Technology?  Visual approaches?  Writing?  Interviewing?  Data?  Research?
  • 4. New Tools = New Rules Eric Newton:  “The students of today actually are going to create the journalism and mass communication of tomorrow. You aren’t stuck in formats created a century ago. You get to build the new companies and the new products and the new standards of the digital age. New standards? That’s right. New tools create opportunities to make new rules.”
  • 5. 4 reasons we’re on the Web Information we can use Commerce Connecting with others Entertainment READERS WANT TO CONSTRUCT A UNIQUE EXPERIENCE
  • 6. How do we read the Web? Mostly, we scan  Jakob Nielsen:  highlighted keywords (hypertext links serve as one form of highlighting; typeface variations and color are others)  meaningful sub-headings  bulleted lists  one idea per paragraph (users will skip over any additional ideas if they are not caught by the first few words in the paragraph)  Inverted Pyramid  Half the word count
  • 7. F-SHAPEIN THIS EYE-TRACK STUDY YOU SEE THAT READERS DON’T GET TO THE END
  • 8. How do we read the Web? Make your copy “scannable”  Clear hed  Descriptive Dekhed  Subhead  Lists EXAMPLE: Catholic schools open houses (Creve Coeur Patch)
  • 9. Fun with story forms Photo galleries/slideshows Audio slideshows Link like crazy!  Related content  Resources Incorporating audio and video  Embedding
  • 10. EXTRAS: Maps Makes data and trends real Provide context Examples:  Wichita Unsolved Murders  Stink map  Catholic High School Open Houses
  • 11. EXTRAS: Timelines Great for trends, historical context, narrative  Example: 1969 (New York Times)  Example: Inventing the Wheel
  • 12. Tools Timelines  Create your own: TimelineSetter  Create your own: Dipity  Create your own: Simile Polls  Example: PollDaddy Maps  embed a MapQuest Map  embed a Google Map