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.MORE
By the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute
For journalists, Airtable could help streamline workflows and simplify tasks such as editorial calendars, budget documents and project management. MORE
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.MORE
Automated chatbots have the potential to combine the credibility of traditional journalism with the personalized feel of text messaging a friend. We find out how several news outlets are already experimenting with the technology, and we explore some possibilities for the future.MORE
This week we learn from Kevin Kelly, senior maverick at Wired magazine, how technology may reshape the delivery of news and information in the coming years.MORE
This week we find out how automated bots within the app Kik might connect teenagers with news, and we check out a new messaging app that focuses heavily on visuals and design.MORE
This week we explore how Vox.com is crafting successful video for its Facebook audience, and we find out about a new technology that could help connect teams of journalists as they cover the news.MORE
This week we offer a recap from the 2016 South by Southwest Interactive conference, where virtual reality was a major focus; and we explore how it might be possible to track what people see when they experience immersive content.MORE
This week we find out what it takes to expand into podcasting successfully.MORE
This week we explore the role of product managers within news organizations, and we find out how more complex stories might be written by computers.MORE
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.More
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.More
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.More