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Audio/Visual
by Peter Karman

For the last year I have immersed myself in the technology of automatic speech recognition (ASR) for transcribing public radio broadcasts. I started with a grant from the Knight Foundation while at American Public Media | Minnesota Public Radio and have continued on at Pop Up Archive. During this year I have talked with many […] more »

Audio/Visual
by Ethan Zuckerman

What’s a “holy shit visualization?” It’s a way of looking at data that turns a statistic you might have flipped past in a book or skimmed by on a web page into something that you can’t forget. It’s a visceral reminder of the power of images and the power of looking at dry numbers in […] more »

Best Practices
by Ashley Nguyen

Saying what you want to say in 140 characters is tough — but there’s a way around the limiting character count. Adding an image to a tweet will boost your chances of a retweet, and quotes help too. News outlets have figured out a way to meld the two components together by creating a downloadable […] more »

Audio/Visual
by Donna Borak

Going to this year’s Sundance Film Festival’s New Frontier exhibition hall on virtual reality, you couldn’t help but feel as if you were seated at the front row of the future of journalism. It’s a new world of immersive media and experimentation. And even though they are not specifically talking about journalism, it is all […] more »

Financial
by Desiree Everts

Just a little over a week after announcing the winners of its News Challenge on libraries, the Knight Foundation has revealed the latest recipients of its Prototype Fund. Ten media projects will receive $35,000 in funding to help push them from early stage ideas to a formal launch. Knight launched the Prototype Fund in 2012 […] more »

Participation
by Margaret Looney

Journalists needing a lean tool to create embeddable visualizations in a snap can give Silk a try. Silk is a data publishing platform that turns static spreadsheets into dynamic, customizeable web pages and embeddable visualizations, and the 3-year-old company recently launched a dedicated section just for journalists. Newsrooms like the Atlantic, Wired Italy, Huffington Post […] more »

Best Practices
by Ryan Thornburg

One byproduct of all the recent articles about the growth of email newsletter that aim to “cut through the daily clutter” is an amazing amount of clutter about email newsletters. Here’s what you need to know today. email newsletters: by the numbers The Skimm was started by two NBC News producers in their 20s. It’s […] more »

Audio/Visual
by Anne Wootton

Perhaps it’s not virally inclined, but audio storytelling is crossing over from niche to mainstream. In 2012, 40 percent of Americans listened to digital audio. That number is projected to double by 2015. And the podcast hit “Serial” has had 1.5 million listeners per episode, a hit by any medium’s standards, according to NY Times’ […] more »

Best Practices
by Jessica Weiss

So you think reporting with a mobile device is less serious than more traditional news gathering methods? Think again, says Allissa Richardson, mobile media professor at Bowie State University. “Mobile journalism is … not something you’re going to succeed at super quickly,” Richardson said recently in a Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas Massive […] more »

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