Building interactive timelines with sponsored content from Tline 2/6/17

By the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute
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Tline is a new tool for creating interactive timelines that brings together publishers and advertisers. The timelines include sponsored advertisements and can be shared on social media or embedded on a site. Publishers have control over which ads are displayed on their timelines and receive a 50 percent share of the revenue.

The Reported.ly team was small and spread out across the globe, which meant they relied on many digital and social tools. Before they said goodbye, the staff compiled a list of some of the tools they found most useful. Here's a look at six of their favorites.

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6 favorite digital tools from Reported.ly 1/31/17

By the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute
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Reported.ly was a news operation that covered breaking news primarily on social and distributed platforms. It was also the first place many people turned to verify developing stories. But in August, its parent company, First Look Media, pulled funding and shut down the site.

The Reported.ly team was small and spread out across the globe, which meant they relied on many digital and social tools. Before they said goodbye, the staff compiled a list of some of the tools they found most useful. We take a look at six of their favorites.

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Serif, a new kind of content management system from The Dallas Morning News 1/24/17

By the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute
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Serif is a new, reporter-friendly content management system developed by The Dallas Morning News that prioritizes mobile and digital content. Chris Williams, senior director of digital portfolio at The Dallas Morning News, explains its features and how it's changed things up at The Dallas Morning News.

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NowThis innovations: Chatbots and Facebook Live 12/20/16

By the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute
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NowThis has been a pioneer in delivering video news exclusively on social platforms, and it grew quickly thanks to an ability to find new ways to reach young audiences. Now the company is pushing forward with technologies like chatbots and Facebook Live.

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Shortcut from This American Life 12/13/16

By the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute
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A new tool called Shortcut from This American Life allows listeners to share clips from episodes of the public radio show. Users can select text from episode transcripts, which the app turns into short videos that can be downloaded or posted to social media.

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Mobile news app Discors 12/6/16

By the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute
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Mobile app Discors is a news aggregator that licenses content from premium, often subscription-based, news organizations. The app pairs news stories with analysis, commentary and insights.

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Comparing live-streaming apps 11/22/16

By the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute
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It’s never been easier to just hop on a live video stream and broadcast to the world from wherever you are. So now that anyone with a smartphone can do this, the question is which tool makes the most sense to use? In this episode, we compare three different live-streaming services: Facebook Live, Kanvas for Tumblr and Periscope. We also take a look at what YouTube has in development for going live.

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Engaging News Project 11/15/16

By the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute
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Shannon McGregor and the team at the Engaging News Project believe analytics data can do a lot more than just help newsrooms attract audience. Through academic research out of the University of Texas at Austin, the Engaging News Project seeks to find ways newsrooms can use data to better understand what people really need.

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Lessons from Reported.ly 11/1/16

By the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute
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For 20 months, Reported.ly adopted a grassroots approach to telling stories by sourcing from social media to get perspectives from people around the world. But on Aug. 31, Reported.ly was shuttered after its parent company, First Look Media, pulled its funding. We spoke with Reported.ly founder and editor Andy Carvin about what the team learned along the way.

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Building a 360-degree toolkit 10/21/16

By the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute
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Journalists are routinely using virtual reality and 360-degree video to put viewers in places they wouldn't otherwise be able to visit. But for smaller newsrooms with modest budgets, 360 video can seem out of reach.

Shaheryar Popalzai, a Knight International Journalism Fellow, says building a 360 video toolkit is easier and cheaper than you might think. He offers affordable recommendations for assembling a basic 360 toolkit.

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