Kik bots and DeeMe visual messaging 4/12/16

By the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute
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This week we find out how automated bots within the app Kik might connect teenagers with news, and we check out a new messaging app that focuses heavily on visuals and design.

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Connecting smartphones with TV and with entertainment experiences 4/29/14

By the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute
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In this week's Futures Lab update, we explore some new tools that push video from smartphones to television, and we see how one newspaper is working to turn entertainment listings into real-world audience experiences.

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Serif, a new kind of content management system from The Dallas Morning News 1/24/17

By the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute
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Serif is a new, reporter-friendly content management system developed by The Dallas Morning News that prioritizes mobile and digital content. Chris Williams, senior director of digital portfolio at The Dallas Morning News, explains its features and how it's changed things up at The Dallas Morning News.

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A personality platform for tailored communication 7/12/16

By the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute
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This week we look at Crystal, a platform that determines how to better communicate with different individuals. Crystal uses public data and personality tests to create comprehensive profiles that provide tips on how to compose tailored messages.

This tool could help journalists more effectively communicate with sources, colleagues and other social media contacts.

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Combing through video and images with Vhoto and Ditto 4/14/15

By the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute
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This week we see how two technologies automatically scan the content of video and images to deliver highlights and insights.

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Building a 360-degree toolkit 10/21/16

By the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute
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Journalists are routinely using virtual reality and 360-degree video to put viewers in places they wouldn't otherwise be able to visit. But for smaller newsrooms with modest budgets, 360 video can seem out of reach.

Shaheryar Popalzai, a Knight International Journalism Fellow, says building a 360 video toolkit is easier and cheaper than you might think. He offers affordable recommendations for assembling a basic 360 toolkit.

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Technology forces shaping the future 5/3/16

By the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute
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This week we learn from Kevin Kelly, senior maverick at Wired magazine, how technology may reshape the delivery of news and information in the coming years.

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Shortcut from This American Life 12/13/16

By the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute
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A new tool called Shortcut from This American Life allows listeners to share clips from episodes of the public radio show. Users can select text from episode transcripts, which the app turns into short videos that can be downloaded or posted to social media.

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5 tips for email newsletters 8/9/16

By the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute
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Email newsletters are far from new, but recently there’s been a resurgence in their popularity. With this renewed interest come new techniques. We look at five innovative approaches to delivering newsletters, inspired by Clover Letter, BuzzFeed and TheSkimm. Reporting by Whitney Matewe.

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How mobile is changing news gathering and delivery 4/14/14

By the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute
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Smartphones and tablets have now surpassed computers as the primary way Americans access the Web and digital content, including online news. In this week's Futures Lab update, participants from the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute's recent Mobile First event share how their newsrooms are placing a priority on mobile and changing the way news is gathered and delivered.

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