9 tools for journalists to produce immersive stories Tools to help journalists produce content which readers can deep-dive into Credit: ThinkStock With publishers keen to keep viewers engaged, many are looking at opportunities to offer more immersive storytelling experiences, and add greater depth to the content they are producing, be it text, video or images. A number of news outlets have worked to produce content which delivers a more immersive experience than traditional templates or styles may allow, such as the oft-cited New York Times Snow Fall feature, which it later followed up with its Jockey piece.
RSS Feed Search Engine Instant RSS Search engine will help you discover RSS feeds on the web around your favorite topics. You may use the tool to search RSS feeds for blogs, news websites, podcasts and more. It is instant search and hence the search results display as you type. You may use any of the Google search operators - like allintitle, inurl, etc. - for more accurate results. You can subscribe to the feeds in your favorite RSS Reader (like Feedly) or use the Preview link to see the 10 most recently published articles from that feed. 2 Tech Tools for Emergencies from our Westgate Experience: Ping and Blood Donation As we mentioned yesterday, it’s been a bit of a crazy few days in Nairobi. The full Ushahidi team met yesterday (many virtually, of course), and we talked about many issues surrounding the Westgate siege and our own tools. This lead us to then think through our skills and tools, and where we could be useful.
14 traits every successful social media manager should have The days of getting by with simple knowledge of how to schedule tweets in advance or research hash tags are long over. Competent social media managers not only need to be on top of current events and trends, they need to understand what works and what doesn't, have an in-depth understanding of multiple channels, and have a vast toolkit for analyzing data. To find out which skills matter most, I asked 14 entrepreneurs from Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) which must-have traits will make every social media manager successful this year. Their answers are below. 1. In-person and online social grace
TimelineJS — Now with even more Knight Lab From the beginning, TimelineJS has been a project of Northwestern University Knight Lab. However, when Zach Wise first set out to create it, the Knight Lab had a less developed software process and identity, so Zach presented Timeline as a product of his personal Verite.co website. Since then, two things have happened: TimelineJS has become wildly popular, and the Knight Lab has established cohesive design guidelines and a more methodical software development process. In the next few weeks, TimelineJS will be “moving” to a new home on the internet. It should have little impact on existing timelines, but since it is such a popular project, we want to give people notice and minimize surprise. The official home for the project is now In the near future, we’ll start automatically redirecting people from to the new site.
Times Press Recorder Email a friend Printer friendly To the Editor: I am a local pastor and I have deep respect for the Bible. The words of Scripture help guide my life, and from them I receive inspiration and wisdom, which I do my best to articulate and share in a sermon each week. Infomous Infomous is a revolutionary way to explore online content visually. Add Infomous on your site to engage readers, increase circulation and generate revenues. Create an Infomous cloud with your content and embed it on your site. See How to Embed Infomous 5 Skills Social Media Managers Need to Have in 2015 Just a few years ago, the job title “social media manager” didn’t exist. Fast forward to today, and almost every company has someone on staff who is responsible for social media. At smaller companies, the person who manages it might be the same person who handles public relations or marketing. At bigger companies, there is usually a dedicated employee who could command a salary of $50K or more. So, what exactly does a social media manager do?
8 Digital Tools Every Journalist Should Try When Charlie Beckett asked me to join the Polis journalism conference this week at the London School of Economics and Political Science, he showed the depth of his university by asking a surprisingly practical journalism question for a school ranked No. 2 in the world in the research-laden “communication and media studies” field. Beckett wanted to know about the newest digital tools journalists are using to do accountability journalism (which some of us still call watchdog journalism). My first reaction was to mention some of the “golden oldies” Knight Foundation has funded and followed: the encryption software Tor; the investigative paper-tamer Document Cloud and its advanced story-finding cousin Overview; the visual storytelling tool Timeline JS; and the classic crowdmapping application Ushahidi. I say golden oldies because in digital years a lifetime for a product seems like about 21 months.
10 free social media monitoring tools - Canada Canada Social Media Do you know what people say about your brand? Do you know what they think of you? Social media may still be very young, yet millions of net surfers use them at any given time of the day or night to connect with the world, and share their thoughts, comments, pictures, videos, etc. Automatically Extracting Disaster-Relevant Information from Social Media Latest update on AIDR available here My team and I at QCRI have just had this paper (PDF) accepted at the Social Web for Disaster Management workshop at the World Wide Web (WWW 2013) conference in Rio next month. The paper relates directly to our Artificial Intelligence for Disaster Response (AIDR) project. One of our main missions at QCRI is to develop open source and freely available next generation humanitarian technologies to better manage Big (Crisis) Data. Over 20 million tweets and half-a-million Instagram pictures were posted during Hurricane Sandy, for example. In Japan, more 2,000 tweets were posted every second the day after the devastating earthquake and Tsunami struck the Eastern Coast.
Community Manager Role Has Changed: A Decade of Community Management Did you know that the role of the modern-day Community Manager is about to turn 10 years old? And oh boy, has the role of a Community Manager (#CMGR) changed over the last 10 years! So let's take a look at the history of the modern community management role -- the one where real people go to a real job, every day, tasked with representing a brand's online social media presence with the purpose of recruiting and engaging existing and new customers on the brand's behalf. TL;DR -- Check out the slideshow version of The History of Community Management
The Insanely Illustrated Guide To Your First Data-Driven TileMill Map TileMill is a free-to-download application for Windows and the Mac that will let you build beautiful, data driven maps. If the bland sameness of Google maps is giving you ennui, TileMill might be a good alternative for you. There are many beautiful stylesheets to make TileMill maps visually distinct, and you can control the colors, line widths, and much more about your map using Carto, a CSS-derived language.