Reuben Stern

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by Reuben Stern

This week we explore an online tool for adding interactivity to video, and another platform for streaming live video from smartphones. PART 1: Interactive video with Multipop Rather than overlaying additional content on top of a video, a start-up called Multipop offers an interface for adding polls, links and other material alongside a video, with […] more »

by Reuben Stern

This week we check out a tool that turns smartphones into mini satellite-TV trucks, and we get tips on creating a team to do graphics and data visualization. PART 1: Yottio A startup called Yottio has built a system to get live footage from multiple smartphone users directly into a studio broadcast. It also provides […] more »

by Reuben Stern

This week we offer smart ways to alert mobile readers to new stories, and we highlight two encryption tools that can help reporters protect confidential sources. PART 1: Push alerts and notifications Push alerts and notifications are becoming a central component of the mobile experience, especially with the emergence of wearable technology. Smart news organizations […] more »

by Reuben Stern

This week we see how several mobile apps are making it easier to piece together video footage from multiple contributors, and we learn about a tool for publishers that helps website readers follow ongoing stories. PART 1: Collaborative video Several apps have emerged recently that enable groups of smartphone users to pile footage together into […] more »

by Reuben Stern

This week we explore two examples of how archived audio content is being brought back to life. PART 1: NPR One National Public Radio’s NPR One app mixes older NPR stories with current news to provide users a steady, personalized stream of audio stories. We find out how it works from NPR’s Sara Sarasohn. Reporting […] more »

by Reuben Stern

This week we look at three crowdfunding platforms to help you decide which to use; then we see how an app called Shuffle gives users stories the people around them are reading. PART 1: Picking a crowdfunding platform Several online tools have made it easy to ask for money to support any endeavor. We evaluate […] more »

by Reuben Stern

This week we see how two technologies automatically scan the content of video and images to deliver highlights and insights. PART 1: Vhoto Vhoto helps turn mobile video into bits of sharable content by automatically finding the key moments within the footage. We hear from Chief Executive Officer Noah Heller about what the app can […] more »

by Reuben Stern

This week we see how satellite data can be used for storytelling, and we learn some ways that data reporting can improve breaking-news coverage. PART 1: Storytelling with satellite images The New York Times often incorporates satellite imagery into graphic presentations to tell far-flung stories in new ways. Graphics editor Derek Watkins explains how he […] more »

by Reuben Stern

This week we offer a quick recap from the 2015 South by Southwest Interactive conference in Austin, Texas. We also learn about a startup that enables anyone to try out the latest tech gadgets, and we hear how another startup is hoping to use mobile technology to transform democracy. PART 1: SXSWi 2015 Recap Intelligent […] more »

by Reuben Stern

This week we explore some of the ideas and opportunities emerging among nonprofit newsrooms, including The Center for Investigative Reporting, The Marshall Project, ProPublica and The Texas Tribune. Reporting by Katy Mersmann, Reuben Stern and Rachel Wise. PART 1: Partnerships Collaboration with other organizations is a key element of most nonprofit newsrooms, and it often […] more »