Digital Tools for News & StorytellingTrends in Communication & Information Technology JOUR 4871-003
The digital storytellingtools you learn today will be used in your next media job ...
But they’ll either changedramatically in years ahead, or be replaced by something better ...
In your media/news career, you will continually be learning new tools that do not exist yet.
A sea change in content-creation tools FROM TO Client-based software More cloud-based services(InDesign, Dreamweaver, etc.) (Storify, ThinkLink, etc.) Exceptions like QuarkXpress: Client tool publishes to multiple digital platforms
Types of digital content-creation tools Curation tools/services Multimedia Maps Screencasting Timeline creators Data visualization
Curation tools and services Free Free or premium account Platform used by journalistic Free tool to read, publish, andpartners (including independent share documents and written journalists); Demotix partner works; sell them Assemble content from your social-media Free, premium, or business accounts; create timeline, Pinterest-like account; curate content into collection board of content digital “magazines”
Storify: Free, widely used curation tool Embed what you create on website ... Easily combine original and curated content
Bundlr: Pinterest-like curation tool Embed what you create on website ... Free or $19.99/year premium account
Multimedia tools and services Free for now (beta period) Free or premium accounts; turns your photos, video clips, and music into video in minutes ... embeddable; why not for news? Free or premium account; Free or premium account; innovative interactive images create interactive collages; embeddable, free Free or premium account; Free for now;“better” alternative to Powerpoint combine photos, video, audio, presentations ... Also a good tool blogs into embeddable for news presentation multimedia presentation
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 Currently free to use
ThingLink: Embed many forms of content on top of photo, map, etc. Free or premium account Sidebar/accompanimentfor text story... OR self-contained story
Prezi: Not just for presentations ... Why not news?
In-class assignment: Create a mock multimedia story Tools Topics Storify.com East Coast hurricane ThingLink.com Impact on Meograph.com Manhattan Animoto.com Prezi.com