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by Reuben Stern

This week we look at two startups that make the audience a central part of the journalistic process. PART 1: Grasswire Using a combination of voting and hashtag responses, Grasswire relies on its users to help make news reports more accurate and complete. Co-founder Austen Allred tell us how the crowdsourcing site aims to be […] more »

by Reuben Stern

This week we try out a photo app that captures three-dimensional space, and we show you another option for live-streaming mobile video. PART 1: Fyuse Somewhere in the middle of still photography, video footage and virtual reality is what the founders of an app called Fyuse are calling “spatial photography.” The end result is an […] more »

by Reuben Stern

This week we help you find the right tool for creating online quizzes, and we see how The Washington Post is redesigning the mobile experience. PART 1: Online quiz tools Interactive quizzes have become a popular way to engage online audiences, and new tools are making it simple to create and embed them into news-related […] more »

by Reuben Stern

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. 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 […] more »

by Reuben Stern

This week we explore an online tool for adding interactivity to video, and another platform for streaming live video from smartphones. PART 1: Interactive video with Multipop Rather than overlaying additional content on top of a video, a start-up called Multipop offers an interface for adding polls, links and other material alongside a video, with […] more »

by Reuben Stern

This week we offer smart ways to alert mobile readers to new stories, and we highlight two encryption tools that can help reporters protect confidential sources. PART 1: Push alerts and notifications Push alerts and notifications are becoming a central component of the mobile experience, especially with the emergence of wearable technology. Smart news organizations […] more »

by Reuben Stern

This week we explore two examples of how archived audio content is being brought back to life. PART 1: NPR One National Public Radio’s NPR One app mixes older NPR stories with current news to provide users a steady, personalized stream of audio stories. We find out how it works from NPR’s Sara Sarasohn. Reporting […] more »

by Reuben Stern

This week we see how satellite data can be used for storytelling, and we learn some ways that data reporting can improve breaking-news coverage. PART 1: Storytelling with satellite images The New York Times often incorporates satellite imagery into graphic presentations to tell far-flung stories in new ways. Graphics editor Derek Watkins explains how he […] more »

by Reuben Stern

This week we offer a quick recap from the 2015 South by Southwest Interactive conference in Austin, Texas. We also learn about a startup that enables anyone to try out the latest tech gadgets, and we hear how another startup is hoping to use mobile technology to transform democracy. PART 1: SXSWi 2015 Recap Intelligent […] more »

by Reuben Stern

This week we explore some of the ideas and opportunities emerging among nonprofit newsrooms, including The Center for Investigative Reporting, The Marshall Project, ProPublica and The Texas Tribune. Reporting by Katy Mersmann, Reuben Stern and Rachel Wise. PART 1: Partnerships Collaboration with other organizations is a key element of most nonprofit newsrooms, and it often […] more »