RJI Futures Lab update #125

Tools for making animated GIFs, and Viber chats for news


Part 1: GIF tools

Thanks to their compact size and ease of sharing on mobile devices, animated GIF files – which fit somewhere between still photos and video – have become a standard visual element that many newsrooms now incorporate into their journalism. We run through several desktop and mobile apps for creating animated GIFs and offer suggestions on which to use. 

Part 2: Viber for news

The Huffington Post is one of a few news organizations using the voice and text messaging platform Viber to reach new audiences. Julia Bush, editorial fellow at The Huffington Post, explains how the app brings users into the news in a different way.

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