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For Trends in Communication and Information Technology, JOUR 4871-003, fall 2012, CU-Boulder

For Trends in Communication and Information Technology, JOUR 4871-003, fall 2012, CU-Boulder

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  • 1. Digital Tools for News & StorytellingTrends in Communication & Information Technology JOUR 4871-003
  • 2. The digital storytellingtools you learn today will be used in your next media job ...
  • 3. But they’ll either changedramatically in years ahead, or be replaced by something better ...
  • 4. In your media/news career, you will continually be learning new tools that do not exist yet.
  • 5. 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
  • 6. Types of digital content-creation tools Curation tools/services Multimedia Maps Screencasting Timeline creators Data visualization
  • 7. 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”
  • 8. Storify: Free, widely used curation tool Embed what you create on website ... Easily combine original and curated content
  • 9. Bundlr: Pinterest-like curation tool Embed what you create on website ... Free or $19.99/year premium account
  • 10. 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
  • 11. 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
  • 12. ThingLink: Embed many forms of content on top of photo, map, etc. Free or premium account Sidebar/accompanimentfor text story... OR self-contained story
  • 13. Prezi: Not just for presentations ... Why not news?
  • 14. In-class assignment: Create a mock multimedia story Tools Topics East Coast hurricane Impact on Manhattan