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.MORE
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.MORE
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.MORE
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.MORE
This week we see how two technologies automatically scan the content of video and images to deliver highlights and insights.MORE
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.MORE
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.MORE
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.MORE
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.MORE
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.MORE
A British company called Speechmatics is working to build more accurate technology to turn spoken words into text across a wide range of different languages. We explore how the system might help journalists in the future.More
The growth of Facebook Live and the continued popularity of video on social media platforms opens the door for new ways to tell stories visually. We get some ideas from Adam Banicki, senior producer at Vice Media.More
The startup Populace uses data from social media and other sources to display crowd densities at various locations across urban areas. As a result, the system could make it possible for journalists to find out automatically whenever an unusually large crowd gathers in a public place. We find out how it works from founder and CEO Chris Hawk.More