Futures Lab Update #109: Cloudstitch and Tagboard

    by Reuben Stern
    June 4, 2015
    Television stations can use the platform Tagboard to find and utilize social media for live broadcasts during a breaking news event. Screenshot courtesy of RJI.

    This week we explore a tool for building data visualizations without programmers, and we learn about a platform that helps get social media posts into TV news.

    "Cloudstitch is to do for data what Wordpress did for text." -- Jake Lau, co-founder and CEO, Cloudstitch

    PART 1: Cloudstitch

    Cloudstitch offers a streamlined way for journalists without sophisticated programming skills to create their own online data visualizations. Co-founders Ted Benson and Jake Lau tell us how it works.
    Reporting by Tim Leible, Katy Mersmann, Reuben Stern and Rachel Wise.


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    PART 2: Tagboard

    Tagboard facilitates the integration of social media content into live broadcasts with a set of tools that help producers select and format the material. We spoke with Chief Media Officer Jenni Hogan to find out how Tagboard’s tools are being used on air.
    Reporting by Raven Brown and Reuben Stern.

    [To skip directly to this segment in YouTube, click here.]


    Reuben Stern is the deputy director of the Futures Lab at the Reynolds Journalism Institute and host and co-producer of the weekly Futures Lab video update.

    FuturesLabWebBanner-mediashiftThe Reynolds Journalism Institute’s Futures Lab video update features a roundup of fresh ideas, techniques and developments to help spark innovation and change in newsrooms across all media platforms. Visit the RJI website for the full archive of Futures Lab videos, or download the iPad appto watch the show wherever you go. You can also sign up to receive email notification of each new episode.

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