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An overview of new and coming technologies of value to journalists on the job. Covers software and hardware. By Steve Outing, media futurist and digital-news innovator. February 2014

An overview of new and coming technologies of value to journalists on the job. Covers software and hardware. By Steve Outing, media futurist and digital-news innovator. February 2014

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  • 1. Tools for today’s and tomorrow’s journalists Steve Outing Media futurist, Digital-news innovator | steveouting@gmail.com http://mediadisruptus.com
  • 2. Spring 2013: Innovative Digital Storytelling for News “Since graduating, I've found that everything we learned during the independent study has had really great traction from online editors. ! “At Outside, I try to work in things like ThingLink and Google Fusion Tables into our daily news posts. A couple weeks ago I made an interactive online map of Bigfoot sightings with Fusion Tables.” - Stephen Kasica Steve Outing (media futurist, digital-news innovator) • http://mediadisruptus.com • steveouting@gmail.com
  • 3. Spring 2013: Innovative Digital Storytelling for News When a new tool or app appears, its journalistic applications might not be immediately apparent… E.g.,Vine app: 6-second looping video. … How about coverage of a fashion show? Steve Outing (media futurist, digital-news innovator) • http://mediadisruptus.com • steveouting@gmail.com
  • 4. Useful new tools debut regularly and often! New Twitter Tool Finds Hot Topics Before They Trend Steve Outing (media futurist, digital-news innovator) • http://mediadisruptus.com • steveouting@gmail.com
  • 5. New ‘Secret’ app: Any news uses come to mind? Steve Outing (media futurist, digital-news innovator) • http://mediadisruptus.com • steveouting@gmail.com
  • 6. The facts of life: Journalism in 2014 and after In your media/news/advertising career, you will continually be learning and using new tools that do not exist yet Steve Outing (media futurist, digital-news innovator) • http://mediadisruptus.com • steveouting@gmail.com
  • 7. Familiar content-creation software still relevant, but… Expensive Time-consuming 
 to learn Difficult to learn In the past, mostly used by newsroom experts (Art, Photo, Video departments) Powerful tools! Allow easy publishing to web, mobile Steve Outing (media futurist, digital-news innovator) • http://mediadisruptus.com • steveouting@gmail.com
  • 8. Trend: Software tools going from desktop to cloud Steve Outing (media futurist, digital-news innovator) • http://mediadisruptus.com • steveouting@gmail.com
  • 9. Interactive images: Easy! Steve Outing (media futurist, digital-news innovator) • http://mediadisruptus.com • steveouting@gmail.com
  • 10. Tools to create interactive images Embed e-commerce/ direct-purchase links in photos Steve Outing (media futurist, digital-news innovator) • http://mediadisruptus.com • steveouting@gmail.com
  • 11. Tools for interactive panorama photos Smartphone app (iOS, Android) + dozens of smartphone and tablet apps to create panoramas … many allow embedding on web Steve Outing (media futurist, digital-news innovator) • http://mediadisruptus.com • steveouting@gmail.com
  • 12. Interactive video: Embed many forms
 of content on top of parts of video Steve Outing (media futurist, digital-news innovator) • http://mediadisruptus.com • steveouting@gmail.com
  • 13. Interactive video tool Steve Outing (media futurist, digital-news innovator) • http://mediadisruptus.com • steveouting@gmail.com
  • 14. NY Times’ ‘Snowfall’ was massive undertaking Steve Outing (media futurist, digital-news innovator) • http://mediadisruptus.com • steveouting@gmail.com
  • 15. Now, simple tool to create something similar Steve Outing (media futurist, digital-news innovator) • http://mediadisruptus.com • steveouting@gmail.com
  • 16. Curation tools and services Automatically collects and combines your social media posts into an embeddable content block Steve Outing (media futurist, digital-news innovator) • http://mediadisruptus.com • steveouting@gmail.com
  • 17. Storify: Free, widely used curation tool Embed what you create on website ... Easily combine original and curated content
  • 18. Multimedia, timelines, infographics, data visualization Steve Outing (media futurist, digital-news innovator) • http://mediadisruptus.com • steveouting@gmail.com
  • 19. Meograph: ‘4-dimensional’ storytelling tool Combines maps, timeline, links, photos, video, audio into embeddable multimedia presentation; new form of interactive story that can be watched (TV-like) or explored at user’s speed Steve Outing (media futurist, digital-news innovator) • http://mediadisruptus.com • steveouting@gmail.com
  • 20. Prezi: Not just for presentations ... Why not news? Steve Outing (media futurist, digital-news innovator) • http://mediadisruptus.com • steveouting@gmail.com
  • 21. Let’s not forget about hardware… still Drone with GoPro: Only for hobby use currently Narrative lifeblogging clip camera: Takes photo every 30 seconds LA Times photojournalist uses GoPro for time-lapse at Oscars Red Carpet Steve Outing (media futurist, digital-news innovator) • http://mediadisruptus.com • steveouting@gmail.com
  • 22. What’s coming (not just Google Glass) META augmented reality glasses: Available summer 2014 ($3,000) (a la ‘Minority Report’ movie) Steve Outing (media futurist, digital-news innovator) • http://mediadisruptus.com • steveouting@gmail.com