Following the crowd with Populace 6/12/17

By the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute
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The startup Populace uses data from social media and other sources to display crowd densities at various locations across urban areas. As a result, the system could make it possible for journalists to find out automatically whenever an unusually large crowd gathers in a public place. We find out how it works from founder and CEO Chris Hawk.

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A home page designed by algorithm 5/30/17

By the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute
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The Swedish newspaper Svenska Dagbladet developed an algorithm guided partially by editors and partially by reader preferences that delivers a personalized home page for each website visitor. Editor-in-Chief Fredric Karén credits the technology with a significant boost in online traffic and digital subscriptions.

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Searching within video files via LivingLens 5/15/17

By the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute
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LivingLens offers an artificial intelligence-driven technology that can enable clients to search for specific emotions or sentiments within video files. Co-founder and CEO Carl Wong tells us how it works.

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Audio sharing via SoundByte 5/9/17

By the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute
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SoundByte is a social app that allows users to record and share audio with followers around the world, 14 seconds at a time. We find out how it works from co-founder and CEO Dan Kearns.

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Vice takes cinematic approach 5/2/17

By the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute
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Vice News has set itself apart from traditional broadcast news outlets with a more cinematic approach to its visual report. We find out how they do it from Maral Usefi, director/producer at Vice News Tonight.

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Animated GIFs for news 4/25/17

By the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute
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Although GIF files are often used in a lighthearted way, Public Radio International's global affairs program "The World" uses looping GIF animations as conversation starters to help tell serious news stories. Steven Davy, multimedia editor at "The World," tells us how they do it.

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Encryption app features 4/18/17

By the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute
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As journalists increasingly see the need to keep communications private, many are turning to apps that enable encrypted messaging. But how do you know if the app you chose actually does the job? We share some advice about key features from staff members at the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

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Assembling social posts with Roundabout 4/10/17

By the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute
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Roundabout is a tool for creating customized, continually updated feeds of social media content from multiple accounts and platforms. The resulting collection of posts can be embedded within a webpage, enabling online viewers to see the grouped social media content all in one place. We find out how it works from CEO Rogier Visser.

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Community Impact Newspaper 3/27/17

By the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute
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Community Impact Newspaper is a hyperlocal news company that delivers a free monthly newspaper to every household in the geographic areas it covers. The company uses revenue generated from advertisements to serve 22 communities across Texas. John Garrett, founder and CEO, explains what makes Community Impact’s targeted advertising model unique.

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Mobile studio and teleprompter app Bigvu 3/20/17

By the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute
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Bigvu is an app designed to be a mobile studio for video journalists in the field. It combines a teleprompter with a platform for recording, managing and publishing the videos.

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