Friday, May 24, 2013

Newsroom workshop on interactive graphics

A few weeks ago, I ran two workshops for the Daily Camera and Colorado Daily on how to incorporate interactive graphics into your stories. First, I talked to reporters and editors. Then, I talked to designers.

Here are some things that came out of the workshops:
* It seemed like Prezi was a favorite, but NewHive was less intimidating.
* We can't embed the videos that our photo department uploads to Brightcove -- only YouTube. In some cases, this may mean an extra step of uploading to YouTube. I'm hoping some of these apps will consider expanding to other video hosting sites, too.

Several reporters have already made their own interactive graphics, like this one by Colorado Daily outdoor reporter Sarah Kuta.

Last-minute tips for the BolderBoulder.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

What is on my Macbook right now?

I shared what apps are on my iPhone and iPad, and although a laptop is way less elusive, I thought I'd round out the mojo package and share the goodies that are on my Macbook Pro right now, too.
In case you're feeling super nosy/curious (same thing, right?).

What apps are on my iPad?

Wonder what a mobile journalist's iPad looks like? No? Well, I'm telling you anyway. Here's the full list of what's on my iPad right now.

What apps do you love? What should I try? Tell me and I'll review them.

What apps are on my iPhone?

This is the modern version of "what's in the bag?"

Here is the full list of the apps on my mobile reporting iPhone right now:

Interactive maps are the bomb-diggity

An interactive map just begs to be part of a story on an international art exhibit. See how I put it together below.

One catch I discovered: You can't insert Soundcloud audio files into Prezi -- just Youtube videos. I made audio clips of the artists talking for this story, and had to lay the audio over still images in iMovie to make it compatible with Prezi. Took way longer than I planned because iMovie is a slow application to start up, upload and for some gosh darned reason it always has to make new thumbnails for 90 minutes.

Note to self and others: Just make short video clips instead of audio clips if you think you might use Prezi with a story.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Journalism engagement workshop in Denver

Steve Buttry's journalism engagement workshop in Denver yesterday went gloriously, and I left with a ton of new ideas and projects, which you'll be seeing here in weeks to come.

Here's a link to Buttry's blog about our workshop, including a slideshow for your educational delight (two words that have probably never been paired together before).

One of the many successes that came from this event is the continued pimping out of our NoCo New Journalism Collective. I'd like to welcome our two newest members:

Julie Baxter, from the Broomfield Enterprise

Jenni Grubbs, from the Fort Morgan Times

This brings our representation up to six Northern Colorado newspapers. We will try to meet monthly to chat about new journalism strategies, problems, accomplishments, ideas and general nerdery.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Creative live coverage from our engagement workshop

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Cords, cords, everywhere!

Thanks to Ivan Lajara for these above pics.

My first experiment with a live ThingLink: