College Media Podcast

College Media Podcast, Valentine’s Day 2013: Journalism Interactive and ThingLink

Show Notes

Journalism Interactive:

100 Things I’m Learning at Journalism Interactive 2013: A Somewhat Live Blog (College Media Matters)

Tool of the Week:

ThingLink – Interactive photographs

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2 thoughts on “College Media Podcast, Valentine’s Day 2013: Journalism Interactive and ThingLink

  1. ThingLink has some interesting possibilites for feature-y stories, but I'm not sure it would be easy to fold into normal reporting. From my experience with the photo department at my paper, they see their photographs as stories unto themselves. They're pretty serious about the photojournalist ethos, and I think it would be difficult for them to modify photos with that sort of accessory content. I could see it being used in the case mentioned in the podcast, but unless actual reporters put in the time to take photos and use ThingLink, I don't think it'll pick up that much traction.

    I definitely agree with the need to focus on more mobile centric reporting and accessibility. Students are only going to continue consuming and wanting content presented in a mobile format. I don't think it's a necessity to report "with" a mobile device, but I absolutely think a reporter needs to consider how this story could be enhanced for or presented in a mobile perspective. Maybe it would require more follow-up with social tools or short video clips or smaller and more mobile friendly news "shorts." In terms of making news accessible for mobile, I think it's just gonna take journalists getting interested and wanting to learn about how to make their stories more presentable for mobile. Responsive design has a lot of difficulties and it takes a while to get used to and comfortable with it. More technically difficult projects are going to require more hands on deck.

  2. Thanks for the comment. One thing I find is that for anything to pick up traction, it requires someone to invest some time and effort to use it and build upon the tool. It's a shame for any journalist to let an "ethos" stop them from trying something they may find helps them tell stories.

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