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New story forms (Page 2)

A portfolio of examples

The final section of this report examines 11 works of journalism from news organizations around the country that have found effective ways to present facts on complicated issues. First, an introduction to our list. Any discussion of 21st-century “explainers” must begin with Vox. The online-only news organization is a pioneer in the use of cards or […]

Tampa Bay Times: The LEGO Project

The Lego Project Creator: Tampa Bay Times Summary: An interactive project built with LEGO pieces helps explain a confusing and controversial transportation plan. _____________________________________________ Ultimately, it was the Lego game that helped Tampa residents and city leaders bridge the gap between a confusing, state-endorsed transportation plan and a clear understanding of its impact on residents. […]

Wall Street Journal: Charting stock and tweets

Charting stock and tweets Creator: The Wall Street Journal Summary: Fever charts are played alongside tweets by Donald Trump to reveal how a company’s stock and its major index performed after a mention from the president. _____________________________________________ Even before Donald Trump was elected president, news reports covered his attacks on companies like Carrier, Nordstrom and […]

Improving accountability reporting: How to make the best of journalism better for audiences

By many measures, never have there been more efforts in journalism to scrutinize and hold powerful people and institutions accountable. The number of news organizations doing fact-checking journalism has nearly tripled since 2014. Non-profit investigative news has expanded, along with a clearer effort in all kinds of reporting to call out deception and avoid false […]

Your turn

In this report we’ve endeavored to demonstrate alternative ways to write and present complex, fact-filled content in a way that can be more effective in reaching audiences — even those who are disinclined to believe the information. We’ve also offered some recommendations for software and tools, and taken you behind the scenes in the creation […]

Covering news issues with comics: 7 good questions with Jake Halpern

Experimenting with visual storytelling formats can allow a newsroom to rise above the clutter by taking a fresh angle to news topics. Last January, The New York Times did that by launching Welcome to the New World, a fully reported graphic narrative. It is the first series of its kind, according to editor Bruce Headlam. […]

Ideas for moving ‘beyond the article’

In a new report for the Reuters Institute, Kevin Anderson examines how news organizations are moving “beyond the article” and adopting new story forms and methods of distribution. Some of the key findings from the report: All of the cases Anderson studied involved using distributed methods to spread stories via social media or messaging apps; […]

Is augmented reality a passing fad or part of the future of media?

With the news that Elle magazine will work with augmented reality firm HuffPost RYOT on its “Women in Hollywood” issue, WWD’s Alexandra Steigrad asks, is augmented reality a passing fad or something media needs to pay attention to? For the Elle feature, users will be able to use their phone to interact with the print […]

Virtual reality cafes are bringing niche technology to the masses in China

Two years after Facebook bought virtual reality company Oculus for $2 million, virtual reality remains a niche technology in the West. But in China, the niche technology is becoming more mainstream thanks to hundreds of virtual reality cafes, where people can pay a fee to go to wear a headset and experience VR. One Chinese startup, […]

How news organizations are taking advantage of Amazon’s Alexa

News is one of the core features of Amazon’s AI software Alexa, and news organizations are trying to figure out the best ways to use Alexa. So far, there’s two main ways news organizations can use Alexa: Flash Briefings and skills. In Flash Briefings, the user asks Alexa for their Flash Briefing, and Alexa will […]

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