Futures Lab Update #160: Visual Storytelling Apps from Adobe Spark

    by Rachel Wise
    July 29, 2016
    A screenshot from this week’s Futures Lab Update video.

    This story first appeared on RJI’s Futures LabReporting by Whitney Matewe.

    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.


    For more information:

    • Alex Rossi, Sky News Senior Correspondent, has produced several text- and photo-rich stories using Spark Page. A few examples include Steroid Nation, Death in the Desert and Brussels Lockdown.
    • Mobile reporter Neal Augenstein uses Spark Page to tease content on the WTOP-FM site. The Page versions of the stories — like Watergate Redux and a post about a bus driver’s misconduct — allow Augenstein to build more visually appealing versions of stories.
    • To view examples of Post and Video content created using Spark, browse the #SparkMade gallery.
    • On mobile, the Adobe Spark suite is essentially “an upgrade and rebranding of a trio of apps Adobe already operated,” TechCrunch reported. The Adobe Post app became Spark Post; Adobe Slate became Spark Page; and Adobe Voice became Spark Video.
    • Users can access the Spark suite for free on any browser. Additionally, Spark Page, Post and Video are available as mobile apps on iOS.

    Rachel Wise is an editor at the Futures Lab at the Reynolds Journalism Institute and co-producer of the weekly Futures Lab video update.




    The 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 receive email notification of each new episode.


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