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Digital Technologies For Journalists

 
 

Digital Technologies for Journalists

 

In this age of digital journalism, the practice and theory of many journalism schools have been called into question. In an age where anybody can be a content producer; native advertising, citizen journalism and crowdsourcing journalism, differentiating between credible outlets is difficult. Whether journalists participate in a purely auditory, visual, digital or immersive news experience; are all important in how and where people engage with the news. Since the 90's news organizations knew that a multimedia platform was necessary for digital content integration. This first digital wave took many journalists by surprise, many of whom believed digital journalism to be an extension of the print industry, and not an evolution of the field. New technology has already begun to dissolve the existing structure of producing , fact-checking and funding content. People are not disengaged from the news, they have just developed new ways of receiving information. This means that news has begun to adapt to our routines; the applications we use, and how long we view the content. Introducing multimedia content such as videos, images, audio, etc. have been shown to improve retention and understanding. In journalism, it is expected for you to understand your audience and their needs. By incorporating technical, social and multimedia tools, journalists can create more dynamic and impact content.

 
Journalists who succeed in 2000 will do solid reporting, careful editing, compelling writing, and visual storytelling, using the latest tools available. They’ll tell their stories in whatever medium people use. But the tenets of the industry will remain the same.”
— Christopher Harper MIT Communications
 
 

Courses

This course has been an introduction to digital journalism, principles, and technologies for educating the public. In order to truly understand the methodology and pedagogy in journalistic practice today, you have to further your knowledge on advanced and up-and-coming topics. I have curated a collection of free open courseware and links to further your independent inquiry and research.

Visual, and audio tools

News today is created and read more rapidly than ever before. People are more likely to be engage with shorter and more concise media rich content. By integrating video, images and audio; you can create a more compelling and captivating story. Linked below, are strong current digital tools to help you build, edit and share multimedia content. 

 

Source and Content Gathering

The key to creating great content on multiple platforms, is understanding how to create media-rich content that will attract and interest your viewers. Getting your hands on reliable news and sources is a little bit trickier. Here you will find great tools that will improve the efficiency of your research method as well as increase the quality of your content. In the links you will find tools for searching metadata, hashtags, rss feeds, Facebook lists, geocaching, etc. 

 

News Verification and Credible Sourcing

Images, Videos, metadata; they are all critical in identifying accurate source material and understanding what all that information actually means. By providing data and source materials to their readers, journalists can build a loyal following and a great track record. In these links, you will find tools and programs that will help your writing verification skills.