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 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 Mark Glaser

Title: How to Personalize Your Content for Better Engagement Moderator: Mark Glaser, MediaShift Panelists: Sam Han, Washington Post; Sara Sarasohn, NPR; Dave Ingram, Acquia You’ve heard of targeted advertising, but what about targeted content? If you’re going to take the time to make sure your ad message is the right one, why not also make […] more »

Best Practices
by Reuben Stern

This week we find out what newsrooms might learn from startups, and we explore another system aimed at enabling micropayments for news. PART 1: Learning from startups Covering Silicon Valley companies from inside the digital news startup Re/code gave Liz Gannes a unique view into continually shifting organizational cultures. We sat down with her to […] more »

by Reuben Stern

This week we look at capturing and delivering immersive virtual reality content and we get some tips on tailoring news for the Apple Watch. PART 1: Creating VR content As more news organizations jump into immersive virtual reality storytelling, we highlight a few options for putting the finished material online and explore some of the […] more »

by Ian Lamont

What do the Huffington Post, “The Simpsons,” Minecraft, and Led Zeppelin’s first album have in common? All of them started as experiments. The Huffington Post was launched in the mid-2000s as a link list and blogging site, leveraging the celebrity network of co-founder Arianna Huffington for content. The Simpsons began in 1987 as short animated […] more »

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