Technology

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Technology
by Juan Manuel Casanueva

Implementing technology projects in newsrooms or media organizations that traditionally don’t have tech support can be quite a challenge. Here are five suggestions for those starting such a tech endeavor, based on my work with technologists and media organizations in Latin America. 1. Choose the right tech partner(s) First, it is important to note that […] more »

Technology
by Aleszu Bajak

This piece was initially published on Storybench, a cookbook for digital storytelling. Storybench is a collaboration between Northeastern University’s Media Innovation program, a new graduate degree in digital journalism, and Esquire magazine. “Little did I know that the whole time I was working there, I was killing myself.” That’s what Rick Luzaich, a former construction […] more »

Financial
by Meg Dalton

From Maine to Montana, the Digital Public Library of America will serve every state and connect online collections from coast to coast by 2017, thanks in large part to a $3.4 million investment from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Along with support from the Institute of […] more »

Games & Virtual Worlds
by Dan Pacheco

Those who follow me know that over the last year, there’s one technology that has been my obsession: Virtual Reality (VR), specifically the Oculus Rift. I was first introduced to the headset that eventually became Oculus by Emblematic Group’s Nonny de la Peña, and I have gone on to work as a consulting producer for […] more »

Best Practices
by T. Christian Miller

After working on many data stories over the years, I’ve figured out a good set of best practices that I wanted to share. It’s not the only way, but it’s been the best way for me to tell a story with data. Step 1: Digitize I can’t emphasize this enough. These days, I try to […] more »

Best Practices
by Nicole Zhu

For the last four months, I’ve been working with four other students on a media startup as part of an entrepreneurship class at Northwestern. Last week, we launched Tellascope: social news for the intellectually curious. It took us 17 weeks to come up with that tagline. Seventeen weeks to solidify our target audience, nail down our […] more »

Audio/Visual
by Anne Wootton

I love thinking about the future of audio. I feel lucky because we get to think about it all the time at Pop Up Archive. I started Pop Up Archive with Bailey Smith in 2012 to help journalists and producers do a better job wrangling digital audio (wrangling in this context = digitally preserving and […] more »

Best Practices
by Jorge Luis Sierra

More than ever before, journalists who work in dangerous zones understand the importance of technology to improve safety and reduce risk. Xiomara Orellana, Daniela Aguilar, Ernesto Aroche, and Javier Garcia are four such journalists. Their experiences provide useful examples of what can be achieved with proper security training and the right technologies. Orellana, an investigative […] more »

Technology
by Meg Dalton

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation recently announced funding for 20 new projects through its Knight Prototype Fund, which helps media makers, technologists, and tinkerers alike take ideas from concept to demo. Innovators are given $35,000 grants–and six months–to research, test, and iterate before building out a complete project. Launched in 2012, the […] more »

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