Glimpse Inside the 2016 Digital Storytelling Toolkit
Invest in your future and begin the new year by updating your digital toolkit with the latest and greatest of the emerging storytelling techniques -- Star Wars-style!
This workshop is where attendees 'get their geek on' by gaining up close insights into the latest tech innovations, and how they can be used to tell more digitally engaged stories.
What will we talk about to begin 2016? Social journalism trends? Mapping tools? Apple Watch? AR/VR? Breakthroughs in mobile reporting? Image detection? Content curation? And lots more.
Our guest will be Victor Hernandez, Director of Media Innovation for Banjo and current fellow at the Donald W.Reynolds Journalism Institute at University of Missouri where he is researching wearable technologies and newsrooms.
Glimpse Inside the 2016 Digital Storytelling Toolkit
GLIMPSE INSIDE THE 2016
Las Vegas SPJ & NAHJ
Director Media Innovation — Banjo
Media partnerships, Product, Education, Evangelize
RJI academic fellow — wearable tech
CNN veteran: editorial + tech
SPJ | NAHJ | ONA
1. INTRO/WELCOME STUFF
3. SOCIAL TRENDS
4. MESSAGING APPS
5. WEARABLE TECH
6. VR JOURNALISM
7. LIVE STREAMING
8. VIZ TOOLS
9. BANJO TOURS + DEMO
(Could tackle much more… 356 days left)
THE ROAD TO 2020
Technology is intertwined in our lives and old deﬁnitions of media are being replaced
with algorithms, data, social activation and creative expression across screens.
Welcome to 2016 and the road to 2020.
2016 continues the road to 2020 and begins to better
deﬁne the next decade in news reporting and innovation.
These trends are focused around the rapid evolution of
media and technology, digital journalism breakthroughs
and -- ultimately -- audience behaviors helping to shape a
new era of storytelling.
End of the IOS
Man on Mars
FUTURE OF NEWS: TIMELINE OF THE CONNECTED GENERATION
Source: BBC News Labs - January 2015
But ﬁrst… few important acknowledgements from the cockpit
SOCIAL: ARE YOU OWNING IT?
use same name/photo as much as can
claim your social media proﬁles
TWITTER JEDI TRAINING
Analytics: use tech to measure, understand, grow your reach
If want to ‘chain link’ tweets on timeline, don’t need to include handle. Just reply.
Take advantage of scheduling tools to preprogram, share content (Buﬀer)
Lists continue to be biggest under-utilized resource (twitlistmanager.com)
“Don’t cross the streams!” Cross-posting = be cautious. Think about your audiences.
THE GROWING IMPORTANCE OF MESSAGING APPS
In 2015, the number of active users on messaging apps surpassed
the number of users on traditional social media channels. As this
audience continues to grow, messaging apps will play an increasing
role in the distribution strategy of brands and publishers.
Some brands have already started to explore this space, leveraging
unique features of diﬀerent messaging applications to experiment
with new storytelling methods and community-building.
WhatsApp Viber WeChat Snapchat Line
• Voice / gesture control
• Instant wake
• Other sensors
• 3G / 4G / LTE
alerts / reminders /
• 3rd party apps
• API partners
KEY ATTRIBUTES OF WEARABLE TECH PRODUCTS
SOURCE: KPCB - Internet Trends Report
Source: Forbes Tech | May 2015
But, within ﬁve years, this ratio is set to drop to around
20 to 1; with an estimated 101 million smartwatch
shipments taking place by 2020.
The ratio of smartphone shipments, compared to
smartwatch ones, currently sits at around 500 to 1.
Smartphone users now glance at their mobile devices more than 100X
a day, and with the smartwatch that could become 300 or 500X.
Currently there is only limited experience with news on
smartwatches — but now smart news orgs and apps
are preparing for the possible widespread adoption of
“IT WILL BECOME VERY ADDICTIVE”
The average user now picks up their mobile phone more than 1,500 times/week
•Average user ﬁrst reaches for their phone at 7:31 a.m.
•Daily average time spent using: 3 hours 16 mins. [Moment app]
•221 tasks each day (compared to 140 via desktop/laptops)
FROM NOVELTY TO NECESSITY
11 areas that Apple must address before the Apple Watch can be considered essential for news
SIRI / VOICE CONTROL
UI / SCREEN SIZE
LIMITED WATCH APPS
*Research topics, sources
*Camera | video + photo
*Publish to CMS
*Post social media
*Curate web content
WHY THE WATCH IS LESS ABOUT TODAY,
AND MORE ABOUT TOMORROW
iPHONE VERSION 1
No third party support
Poor camera (2MP)
No front facing camera
No copy & paste
No Oﬃce support
No Outlook Exchange email
Limited memory (8GB)
Small screen size (3.5 inches)
Limited talk time
Limited phone carriers
YAHOO NEWS DIGEST
The Times has developed a new form of storytelling to help readers catch up in seconds. Through its one-sentence stories, crafted especially for the
small screen of Apple Watch, users are able to get the news at a glance across many sections from the Times along with photography and short,
Flipboard algorithmically chooses the top 10 stories based on the top 10 topics a user follows on Flipboard, and then present these
dynamically on the Apple Watch.
With speed reading, Yahoo News for Apple Watch ﬂashes one word in a sentence before quickly moving to the next word. It helps me read
passages more quickly, and is oddly compelling on the tiny screen.
“Big Story, Small Screen” design allows users to quickly browse the day’s big story via a customized format highlighting the top story
through bold images and brief text, giving readers a way to catch up on the news in six scrolls.
‘ESSENTIAL TECH’ TEST
Can I survive my day without?
Prices come down, avail goes up: explosive growth
Apple Watch 2 coming soon: camera, more sensors
News/media outlets begin to create unique wearable apps
Most eﬀective user experiences will be ones integrating with broader media ecosystems
A FEW WATCH PREDICTIONS:
‘Four-wire’ Satellite Live U/TV U Mobile Devices
VIDEO PRODUCTION APPS
AudioBoom Video Record Pro (free) WavePad Audio (free) Cogi (freemium)
PRO TIPS FOR BLASTING STORM TROOPERS GREAT VIDEO
• Lightweight but sturdy bag is a must
• #1 rule for ‘mojos’ (and life): A.B.C.
• Can’t be all digital. Don’t forget notepad and pens.
• Try out new apps at home — not in the ﬁeld
• Get yourself organized! Use folders on your smartphone.
• Airplane mode is awesome when shooting (avoid interruptions)
• Best to zoom with your feet, not your ﬁngers
After sending 1 million
Google Cardboard headsets to
its subscribers in October, The
New York Times introduced
“The Displaced,” its ﬁrst NYT
The VR experience gives
viewers an unﬁltered glimpse
inside the lives of three
refugee children around the
world: an 11-year-old
Ukrainian boy named Oleg, a
12-year-old Syrian girl named
Hana and a 9-year-old South
Sudanese boy named Chuol.
Two types of VR you can
1- Live-action, 360 video
2- CGI/3D modeling
What matters is that you
This next disruption is
being shaped right now and
you need to be a part of it.
USE THE STREAMING FORCE
BREAKING NEWS, BEHIND-SCENES
WHICH WAY IS UP?
DATA - BATTERY LIFE
INDIVIDUAL VS. BRANDED ACCT
PERFORMS WELL ON SOCIAL
We’re working to get 100 percent of
our videos vertical. We ﬁnd the
engagement much higher. Users are
more satisﬁed, and there’s a higher
completion rate on them.
Jon Steinberg, The Daily Mail
PERISCOPE BEST PRACTICES
Try to stay steady - use a monopod, or tripod if you have
Maximize on multitasking - stream, narrate, interview ppl, note usernames
Movement is good, listen, interact - provide true experiential!
Keep the commentary going - remind frequently what audience is tuned into
Remember to save your stream - might want later for B-roll or as video with story