Consumer gadgets can be useful for journalists (and dogs)

By on January 29, 2013, in Blogs

Sometimes new digital devices designed for personal use — portable digital fitness trackers, for example — turn out to be innovative tools for journalistic storytelling. You just have to think outside the impenetrable plastic box. >>>

#InaugBlog: Experimental reporting on Obama inaugural party weekend

By on January 26, 2013, in Blogs

Recently a CU Journalism student covered the presidential inauguration for PBS NewsHour’s Inaug Blog, armed with an assortment of cutting-edge digital-media devices and tools in order to test out some experimental reporting techniques. He’s back, with a steep learning curve surmounted and lessons learned about innovating in the field. >>>

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‘Ink freezes’: A CU digital journalist covers the inauguration for PBS Newshour

By on January 18, 2013, in Blogs

“Bring some pencils because ink freezes.” With that advice in hand, CU photojournalism student set off to cover the presidential inauguration with a bag full of high-tech and experimental camera equipment. He’s one of 13 college students from around the U.S. invited to cover the event by PBS NewsHour. >>>

New mission for CU student news: Move forward, push boundaries

By on January 13, 2013, in Blogs

Editors of the CU Independent, one of the first collegiate news organizations to go online-only, have crafted a new mission for the student-run interactive media site. Managing editor Rob Denton explains how the CUI will experiment more with new forms of journalistic storytelling, with a focus on interacting with the viewer. >>>

Live news video from smartphones: What could possibly go wrong?

By on December 22, 2012, in Blogs, video

What if a photojournalist — or a bystander — had shot video of the harrowing subway death in New York City using a smartphone? Or broadcast the horrific smartphone video live? “Disruptive” media tools currently being used by news professionals and amateurs alike make those scenarios possible. >>>

How to: Have multiple Thinglink images in a blog post

By on December 6, 2012, in Blogs

One of the many new technologies and services that we’ve examined in “Trends in Communication & Information Technology” (a CU-Boulder course tied to the Test Kitchen, taught fall semester 2012) is Thinglink, a web service that lets you create interactive photos with “hidden” content elements. Here’s how to add multiple Thinglink interactive images into a single page or post. >>>

A social ‘webjournalist’ shares digital tools, advice

By on November 29, 2012, in Blogs, Social media, Speakers

CU journalism students benefitted from a two-day visit by “webjournalist” Robert Hernandez, an assistant professor of professional practice at the Annenberg School of Communication at USC. Speaking in a public lecture and to multiple journalism classes, Hernandez emphasized the importance of social media and digital-media tools. >>>

Mobile journalism camera competition (and a championship race, too)

By on November 13, 2012, in Blogs

On November 9 in Fort Collins, the NCAA Mountain Regional Championships in cross country featured teams from Montana to New Mexico competing against one another to qualify for the national championships, but there was another competition between three type of cameras in my camera bag — each vying for the title of “My Favorite Mobile Journalism Tool.” >>>

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dLab workshop: Cloud-based digital storytelling tools

By on November 11, 2012, in Blogs

If you attended the November 12, 2012, dLab workshop on “Digital Storytelling Tools & Techniques,” we’ve got links to the services and tools mentioned. >>>

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Aimee Heckel, mobile journalist: an interactive profile

By on November 1, 2012, in Blogs, Speakers

Boulder Daily Camera mobile journalist and features reporter/editor Aimee Heckel avoids spending time the newsroom as much as possible. Her work tools are an iPad, iPhone, and Macbook laptop. View our interactive graphic of Aimee’s workshop at CU-Boulder in late October. >>>