A screenshot from this week's Futures Lab video.
A screenshot of the award-winning "Snow Fall" story produced by the New York Times.
by Aja Frost

This article first appeared on Contently’s The Freelancer. When the New York Times launched “Snow Fall,” a longform exploration of an avalanche complete with animated graphics, incredible aerial video, and photo slideshows, the media world went wild. The story won a Peabody award for its “spectacular realization of digital storytelling.” The author, John Branch, received a Pulitzer. But while the story […] more »

by Robert Gutsche

Last semester, I wrote about the possibility of incorporating scholarly research related to cultural meanings of news into skills-based journalism classes. The initial post presented a trial run where journalism students in their final semester explored how selected news outlets reported on specific issues. (See the syllabus and scholarly projects.) And while the research itself was a good start, we left that experience with key […] more »

by Ben DeJarnette

Award-winning interactive documentary projects like “Snow Fall” by the New York Times and “Mapping Main Street” by NPR may be all the rave. But even so, interactive documentaries still make up only a narrow slice of the mainstream media ecosystem. William Uricchio, principal investigator of the MIT Open Documentary Lab, says legacy news organizations would benefit from […] more »

by Niclas Lindh

How did I spend last summer? Thinking a lot about pot and how people would navigate to learn more about it. It’s better than it sounds. I spend my summers helping create the website for an investigative project called News21. Each year, a team of fellows from universities around the U.S. dives deep into a […] more »

Media Usage
by Martha Kang

As big data becomes more prevalent, more journalists are sifting through data as part of their reporting. In lean newsrooms without graphics specialists on staff, reporters often have to visualize the data themselves in order to share findings with the audience. These non-specialists don’t always have the time or the expertise to consider the design […] more »

by Retha Hill

Title: Learn How to Tell Stories with Virtual Reality Instructors: Retha Hill, Director, New Media Innovation and Entrepreneurship Lab, Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication; Shannon Perkins, Agency Owner,; Founder, Adventure VRogger Virtual reality is the new rage for news organizations trying to reach new audiences and tell stories in new ways. […] more »

by Michele McLellan

This post first appeared on the Knight Digital Media Center’s site. As Philadelphia’s preeminent for-profit news organization moves into the non-profit fold, Nicholas Lemann, former dean of the Columbia School of Journalism, suggests the growing non-profit news sector needs a code of ethics for maintaining journalistic independence from donors and other sources of revenue. Lemann, […] more »

by Tara George

When Mary Galioto is not taking care of her two daughters, aged 7 and 4, she runs a hyper-local website in Mercer County, N.J., called MercerMe. Her oldest girl is in elementary school and the youngest goes to daycare four mornings a week, which is when Galioto gets a lot of her work done. When […] more »

by Sonia Paul

At the end of last year, the Tow Center for Digital Journalism released its “Guide to Podcasting,” a report researched and prepared by Tow Center fellow Vanessa Quirk. The guide delves into the history of the medium and its current state, outlines different revenue streams and case studies, and discusses various issues and operational philosophies that producers […] more »

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