Trends and ideas from the ONA15 conference in Los Angeles 10/6/15

By the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute
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This week we bring you key takeaways and an overview of emerging digital trends from the 16th annual Online News Association conference, held Sept. 24-26 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles.

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Mining online data with Vocativ, Banjo and Zapaday 11/10/14

By the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute
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This week we explore three tools that mine electronic Web data to inform news coverage.

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Hearken’s interactive reporter’s notebook 6/21/16

By the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute
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A startup called Hearken is developing a tool called the interactive reporter's notebook, which would give audiences access to information that is often lost during the reporting process. Co-founder and CEO Jennifer Brandel says enabling reporters to share what they learn along the way might help foster better audience engagement.

Hearken grew out of a local engagement experiment called Curious City at radio station WBEZ in Chicago. Its mission is to help newsrooms get the public involved in determining which stories to cover.

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Online quiz tools and The Washington Post’s new app design 8/11/15

By the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute
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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.

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Gathering visual content via Stringr and YuVue 6/23/15

By the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute
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This week we explore two tools that help newsrooms get photos and video from outside contributors.

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Facebook video from Vox.com and an audio connection for teams 4/4/16

By the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute
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This week we explore how Vox.com is crafting successful video for its Facebook audience, and we find out about a new technology that could help connect teams of journalists as they cover the news.

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Personalization ideas from The Washington Post and iStrategyLabs 2/19/14

By the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute
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In this week's Futures Lab update, we explore personalized experiences with news and advertising, as envisioned by leaders at The Washington Post and iStrategyLabs.

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Language recognition via Speechmatics 6/27/17

By the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute
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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.

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Animated GIFs for news 4/25/17

By the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute
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Although GIF files are often used in a lighthearted way, Public Radio International's global affairs program "The World" uses looping GIF animations as conversation starters to help tell serious news stories. Steven Davy, multimedia editor at "The World," tells us how they do it.

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Election tool for local newsrooms, and advice on reaching Millennials 3/8/16

By the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute
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This week we explore a web-based tool for local election coverage, and we get advice on creating news for Millennial audiences.

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