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23

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Digital journalists using infographic maps

Right now the journalism industry is moving toward infographics to better tell stories. One way we can tell stories is through pictures, video or sound. But missing from all of this is the places, and that is where maps come in, not as a tool that will suffice, but a tool to tell better stories.

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Sep
22

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Grabbing attention on social media or: How I learned to make the best of native video

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Why aren’t you posting more video to your Facebook and Twitter feed? Social media web traffic favors native video, and for good reason: video is more eye-catching and engaging when bumped up against the wall-of-text that is the standard Twitter feed. If your goal is to distinguish yourself from the competition, then today’s social media market demands solid video.

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Sep
21

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Audience Participation: A conversation among equals

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The typical news process involves finding what’s going on, using everything from news releases to police scanners to checking agendas and everything in between. But are we sure the stories we’re producing what the audience really wants? More importantly; are we sure the audience really knows what they really want?

There are ways of getting the audience involved in the story making process already but the real question may be how valuable that could be and whether that input in the process would be valuable to the news-making process.

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Sep
21

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The gamble of putting digital content behind a paywall

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Seeing a paywall on a newspaper’s website is common. The Wall Street Journal was the first major newspaper to use a paywall. The WSJ implemented its paywall system in 1997 just one year after launching its online site. In 1998, WSJ had 200,000 online subscribers.

Now a television station in Cincinnati is putting its digital content behind a paywall. WCPO, owned by Scripps, prepared for the move by hiring more than 30 digital reporters in just one year.  There is no concrete evidence to say whether the paywall is succeeding, but it is one of the first to appear on television websites. Poynter said this could give a competitive advantage to TV stations that don’t use a paywall. It has even helped some stations advertise their free content.

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Sep
20

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Silk: An infographic tool for data journalists

More and more newspapers and radio and television stations are turning to data to find original stories. This is called data journalism: reporting by using numbers and statistics to tell a story.

Executive Director of Investigative Reporters and Editors and University of Missouri School of Journalism Associate Professor Mark Horvit recently spoke to my Advanced Reporting class about the importance of data journalism.

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Sep
20

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Ways journalism has utilized crowdsourcing and user-generated content

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A major factor in digital journalism that can sometimes be overlooked is how digital platforms can utilize and involve users. Over the years, media is becoming less of a passive experience for viewers and audiences and more of an active experience. Some journalists have realized this and have been able to use this to their advantage while working on stories.

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