Electome from MIT Media Lab 10/18/16

By the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute
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Electome is a new tool from the Laboratory for Social Machines at the MIT Media Lab that uses data to help capture and analyze social media conversations around the 2016 presidential election.

The system uses machine learning and natural language processing to analyze hundreds of millions of tweets every day. It then sorts them into categories – from issue to candidate to civility of language – to enable journalists to compare and contrast the prevalence of issues over time.

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CNN’s approach to Snapchat 10/11/16

By the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute
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Most news organizations have limited functionality within Snapchat. But as one of the Snapchat Discover partners, CNN can offer multi-part news updates that are available to all Snapchat users. We talked with Ashley Codianni, director of social publishing, about how CNN hopes its effort on the platform will create a constant news habit among young people who don't follow traditional channels. Reporting by Mitchel Summers, Jon Doty and Sarah Sabatke.

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Making audio interactive with Anchor app 8/22/16

By the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute
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Anchor is an iOS app that allows users to interact and engage through audio recordings. These audio conversations can be shared on social media or exported to include in other broadcasts. Reporting by Sarah Sabatke.

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5 tips for email newsletters 8/9/16

By the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute
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Email newsletters are far from new, but recently there’s been a resurgence in their popularity. With this renewed interest come new techniques. We look at five innovative approaches to delivering newsletters, inspired by Clover Letter, BuzzFeed and TheSkimm. Reporting by Whitney Matewe.

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Visual storytelling apps from Adobe Spark 8/2/16

By the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute
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This week we look at Spark, a bundle of visual storytelling apps from Adobe that can enable journalists to create webpages, social graphics and animated videos. Reporting by Whitney Matewe.

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360-degree vs. 180-degree virtual reality 7/25/16

By the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute
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This week we compare two methods of virtual-reality storytelling: shooting in 360 degrees and in 180 degrees. We speak with three VR experts — Littlstar founder and CEO Tony Mugavero, BuzzFeed’s Open Lab fellow Ben Kreimer and VR filmmaker Carl White — about the pros and cons of each approach.

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News organizations using Facebook Live 7/19/16

By the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute
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This week we look at how news organizations can make the most of Facebook Live. Journalists at Mashable and KXLY-TV in Spokane, Wash., share a few ways they've been experimenting with broadcasting live on social media.

This tool could help journalists more effectively communicate with sources, colleagues and other social media contacts.

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A personality platform for tailored communication 7/12/16

By the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute
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This week we look at Crystal, a platform that determines how to better communicate with different individuals. Crystal uses public data and personality tests to create comprehensive profiles that provide tips on how to compose tailored messages.

This tool could help journalists more effectively communicate with sources, colleagues and other social media contacts.

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Customizable databases with Airtable 7/5/16


By the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY   This week we look at Airtable, a tool designed to create databases that are more visual, collaborative and customizable.

For journalists, Airtable could help streamline workflows and simplify tasks such as editorial calendars, budget documents and project management. MORE

Hearken’s interactive reporter’s notebook 6/21/16

By the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute
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A startup called Hearken is developing a tool called the interactive reporter's notebook, which would give audiences access to information that is often lost during the reporting process. Co-founder and CEO Jennifer Brandel says enabling reporters to share what they learn along the way might help foster better audience engagement.

Hearken grew out of a local engagement experiment called Curious City at radio station WBEZ in Chicago. Its mission is to help newsrooms get the public involved in determining which stories to cover.

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