Storytelling Tools


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

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Storytelling Tools

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