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Courtesy WITNESS, Tahrir Square, Egypt, 2012
Citizen Journalism
by Christoph Koettl

When I started working on human rights crises seven years ago, a promising and groundbreaking way to monitor violations were satellite images. The idea seemed simple enough: a single sensor in space taking pictures of inaccessible conflict zones, such as Darfur. Opening my laptop today in 2014, I have thousands of sensors at my fingertips, [...] more »

MobileShift
by Reuben Stern

Reported by Reuben Stern and Olga Kyle. This week’s RJI Futures Lab examines technologies for combining video footage from multiple smartphones, for finding and managing content from social media, and for pushing notifications to readers on desktop and laptop computers.  PART 1: Multi-camera mobile video with Vyclone Vyclone is a mobile app that allows users to easily combine video [...] more »

Online Video
by Denise Lu

The process of making an average T-shirt involves a trip around the world and more than a dozen steps from seed to shirt. How do you capture this entire process on video within a multimedia narrative? In April, NPR’s Planet Money launched a Kickstarter campaign to do exactly this. Six and a half months after [...] more »

Online Video
by Reuben Stern

Reporting by Reuben Stern and Olga Kyle The mass proliferation of smartphone cameras and mobile video apps has already reshaped the way video fits into our lives. But how is it changing the expectations — and possibilities — for visual journalism? The RJI Futures Lab sought ideas about where video journalism is headed from two [...] more »

MovieShift
by Abigail Maravalli

Webisodes, which have long been hyped as a new form of online entertainment (but rarely lived up to it), are expanding beyond Internet television and proving to be a valuable accompaniment to feature-length documentary films. Whether webisodes are released before a film, as follow-up to a finished film, or as a standalone project, they are [...] more »

NewspaperShift
by Margaret Looney

As an early adopter of convergence, award-winning journalist Sam Meddis made the leap to the web as USA Today’s online technology editor in the ’90s. And when USA Today wanted to ramp up its content with video coverage, he jumped at the chance to lead the team. Meddis, who now teaches at American University in [...] more »

Online Video
by Eric Elia

Google Chromecast will break open the TV ecosystem unlike anything we’ve seen in years. Forbes calls it a game changer, but mostly because it has functionality similar to Roku and AppleTV, but costs only $35 (and with 2 free months of Netflix right now, it’s a net cost of really $11 if you don’t have [...] more »

Online Video
by Sarah Hill

News gathering is a difficult job and if you’re a working journalist, you already understand the difficulties involved in getting a scoop, particularly if said scoop is controversial, classified, dangerous or in the middle of a desert. With these types of stories, it’s crucial to embed yourself. But, if you’re a broadcast journalist, you often [...] more »

Online Video
by Andrew Giles Buckley

Only days before the production crew for “Hit and Run History“ was to board a flight to Africa, I got a message over Facebook: “Bring plenty of bug spray.” The year prior, we had taken on the story of the Columbia Expedition — the first American voyage around the world. With the rapid changes in digital [...] more »


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