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NICAR17 Slides, Links & Tutorials #NICAR17

NICAR17 Slides, Links & Tutorials #NICAR17 | Hitchhiker | Scoop.it
The short link to this list is j.mp/nicar17 (case sensitive). Jump to Presentations & Tutorials | Software & Tools | References & Additional Resources | Lightning Talks | Work Samples P…
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22 Snapchat Tricks You Didn’t Know Existed

22 Snapchat Tricks You Didn’t Know Existed | Hitchhiker | Scoop.it
Snapping and sending pics is easy - become a Snapchat super user by incorporating these ideas into your stories each week.
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Updating the ethics of VR journalism – journalism360

Moving the ethical conversation forward concerning the use of 360 video and virtual reality in journalism
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Pixar Studios Offers Free Storytelling Lessons Online

Pixar Studios Offers Free Storytelling Lessons Online | Hitchhiker | Scoop.it
In cooperation with the Khan Academy, Pixar and Disney have been offering Pixar in a Box, an on-going series of behind-the-scenes lessons taught by Pixar's professionals (storytellers, animators, directors, artists, etc.). Subjects have included color science, animation, effects, set

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Gregg Morris's curator insight, February 20, 6:20 AM
Best writeup on this I've read.
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Best writeup on this I've read.
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Hacks, tips and tricks for mobile journalists

Hacks, tips and tricks for mobile journalists | Hitchhiker | Scoop.it
Take note of this crowdsourced advice when shooting and editing with your smartphone
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Interactive Storytelling: 10 Mind-Blowing Stories That Will Change the Way You See The World

Interactive Storytelling: 10 Mind-Blowing Stories That Will Change the Way You See The World | Hitchhiker | Scoop.it
The best interactive stories, animated infographics and data visualizations now circling the Web and the storytelling techniques you can learn from them.

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Karen Dietz's curator insight, July 11, 2016 5:45 PM

These 10 short interactive films are amazing. They are all unqiue, employing different methods for viewers to engage with the story.

 

My colleague Mark Goldman reminded me of this piece. I'd seen it earlier but not had the time to dig into it. I took the time today to do so, and am glad I did. I think you will be amazed also.

 

Enjoy the many ways stories can be told -- especially using different techniques and technologies. You don't need all these bells and whistles, but I bet you'll get ideas for ways you want to share some of your stories.

 

This review was written by Karen Dietz for her curated content on business storytelling at www.scoop.it/t/just-story-it. Follow her on Twitter @kdietz

Cathryn Wellner's curator insight, July 12, 2016 11:29 AM
Good find, Karen Dietz! These videos are amazing and inspiring.
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Bringing Storytelling Back to Music with Paul McCartney and VR

Bringing Storytelling Back to Music with Paul McCartney and VR | Hitchhiker | Scoop.it

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Alex Kane:  '“Today’s most innovative artists are always looking for new ways to push boundaries, with their music and their means of connecting with fans,” says [Lucas] Wilson. “[...] We’re used to going to concerts, but very few of us have actually been on stage. We’ve grown accustomed to hearing from our favorite artists on social media, but rarely do those words come directly from their mouths. VR is changing all that. It’s the most personal way of connecting with your fans.”'

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Alex Kane:  '“Today’s most innovative artists are always looking for new ways to push boundaries, with their music and their means of connecting with fans,” says [Lucas] Wilson. “[...] We’re used to going to concerts, but very few of us have actually been on stage. We’ve grown accustomed to hearing from our favorite artists on social media, but rarely do those words come directly from their mouths. VR is changing all that. It’s the most personal way of connecting with your fans.”'

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4 Tips for Journalists to Master Snapchat Stories

4 Tips for Journalists to Master Snapchat Stories | Hitchhiker | Scoop.it

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Mignon Fogarty:  "Snapchat is no longer just a private messaging tool for kids" ....

 

DRC:  These are useful tips for all Snapchat storytellers :)

Bart van Maanen's curator insight, June 29, 2016 11:06 AM
Goed om te weten als je een Snapchat verhaal wilt maken. Zeker als je - zoals ik - er net mee begint. ;-)
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Sony Pictures invests in interactive video company Interlude for new shows

Sony Pictures invests in interactive video company Interlude for new shows | Hitchhiker | Scoop.it
Hollywood studios have struggled to contend with the increasingly fleeting attention spans of online consumers. But now Sony Pictures Entertainment thinks it
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Interactive video attracts people who want to participate and see different angles in stories. I would suggest that young people who are used to educational computer games  would easily move on to interactive videos. Interactive storytelling takes time and energy from viewers, but give you deep understanding of the storyworld.  
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Virtual Reality Audiences — The Storytelling Guide

The Storyteller's Guide to the Virtual Reality Audience - Stanford d.school - Medium
As VR storytellers, we are charged with molding experience itself into story, and none of our storytelling tools have pr…

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Karen Dietz's curator insight, April 12, 2016 4:55 PM

Virtual Reality (VR) storytelling is a hot topic today, and this article talks about the latest research in immersive storytelling.

 

It's one thing to use VR at IKEA or Lowe's home improvement stores to test out furniture and designs. It's quite another to share a story in VR. This post shares insights gained from recent research about what works and what doesn't in VR storytelling.

 

Stuff like:

  1. What is the audience's role in VR? It's fascinating what they discover!
  2. How does the position you stand in and the engagement you have in VR impact the effect of the story?
  3. What do visual constraits have on the story experience?

 

VR is a medium that truly changes storytelling. There are lots of opportunities and lots of pitfalls/dangers. Read this article to keep up to date on this trend.

 

This review was written by Karen Dietz for her curated content on business storytelling at www.scoop.it/t/just-story-it. Follow her on Twitter @kdietz

Janet Vasil's curator insight, April 15, 2016 7:48 AM
Excellent research into VR storytelling.
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'Hollow' creators offer tips for making interactive documentaries

'Hollow' creators offer tips for making interactive documentaries | Hitchhiker | Scoop.it

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Margaret Looney:  "The first thing most of us learn about storytelling is that a narrative should have a beginning, a middle and an end, but a new breed of documentary is turning this tried-and-true approach on its head" ...

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Margaret Looney:  "The first thing most of us learn about storytelling is that a narrative should have a beginning, a middle and an end, but a new breed of documentary is turning this tried-and-true approach on its head" ...

Vivalist's curator insight, February 13, 2014 9:43 AM

Hollow is a digital documentary that lives through its protagonists and it is full of good ideas - even though the design and UX are not as tight as, let's say Pinepoint.

 

It includes some nice features and in this article, the creators come back on the production production, both from a writing and designing standpoints. Good read

 

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Zero Point: An Interactive Documentary Made For Oculus Rift

Zero Point: An Interactive Documentary Made For Oculus Rift | Hitchhiker | Scoop.it

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Sarah Salovaara:  "Zero Point, a meta-documentary about the virtual reality industry, is about to remove the popular practice of 3D filmmaking from theaters" ...

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Interactive Docs for the Nonbelievers

Interactive Docs for the Nonbelievers | Hitchhiker | Scoop.it

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Robinder Uppal & Marc Serpa Francoeur:  "A checklist of great interactive documentaries" ...

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Robinder Uppal & Marc Serpa Francoeur:  "A checklist of great interactive documentaries" ...

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9 Mind-Blowing Content Curation Tools to Boost Your Traffic and Engagement

9 Mind-Blowing Content Curation Tools to Boost Your Traffic and Engagement | Hitchhiker | Scoop.it
A great way to publish more content is to recycle the content of other credible sources in your industry. These 9 content curation tools will make it easier
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The 43 best websites for learning something new

The 43 best websites for learning something new | Hitchhiker | Scoop.it
A hand-picked list of the best sites, blogs, tools, course platforms and communities that will help you discover fresh ideas or master new skills.
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Good platforms for learning. Check a couple of them every day!
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Top Ten VR Stories – journalism360

For the past six months I’ve been conducting interviews and collecting responses on best practices and ethics in virtual reality journalism, and one talking point that has come up over and over again…
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20 Fab Ways to Actually Tell Your Stories On Social Media

20 Fab Ways to Actually Tell Your Stories On Social Media | Hitchhiker | Scoop.it
Is it possible to narrate a story with social media posts that are supposed to be short and sweet? Yes! Here're 20 creative social media storytelling ideas.

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Karen Dietz's curator insight, February 22, 11:31 AM

In all my years of curating, I've looked at tons of articles promoting storytelling on social media. The problem? The posts are not really about storytelling. They are about photo sharing, 140-character opinions, posting links, and anything else you can think of. There's been mention of your collective tweets/posts/photos adding up to "your story" -- but that's a vague notion at best. None of this is really helpful.

 

Finally Alfred Lua from Buffer has written an intelligent piece that really does talk about storytelling -- yes, real stories -- and how to do it on different social media platforms. Yay!

 

Go grab these ideas and start having a field day sharing your stories.

 

This review was written by Karen Dietz for her curated content on business storytelling at www.scoop.it/t/just-story-it. Follow her on Twitter @kdietz

donhornsby's curator insight, February 23, 9:22 AM
Stories enable us to build personality and create a connection with consumers. But can we actually tell a story on social media? Is it possible to narrate a story with social media posts that are supposed to be short and sweet? 

It turns out there are many ways to use social media for storytelling!
 
Janet Vasil's curator insight, February 23, 3:22 PM
Storytelling idea for social media posts, not just headlines.
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Nic Newman – Mobile-first: How people use their smartphone to get news during the day

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What journalists can learn from Pokémon Go

What journalists can learn from Pokémon Go | Hitchhiker | Scoop.it
From a reporting standpoint: Are there ways to report on the most trafficked locations? Are there ways to lead people playing the game to their next action? This seems like a perfect place for advertising, but it’s also one where information sharing can potentially flourish. Perhaps players visit a location, and then see archival news stories related to that location, or learn more about a place and are then prompted to take an action. Or perhaps players notice something in that location that’s worthy of a news story in and of itself.

How could newsrooms make themselves available to the many people who are participating in augmented reality spaces who are now part of a much larger network?

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The First-Ever Snapchat Movie is Here, and it's Horrifying—Go Behind the Scenes

The First-Ever Snapchat Movie is Here, and it's Horrifying—Go Behind the Scenes | Hitchhiker | Scoop.it

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Snapchat movie Sickhouse was a real success. "Everyone was hooked. People trust that what they are seeing on their snap stories is real", said he director Hannah Macpherson. One key was to cast a protagonist who already was a social media pop star (Andrea Russett). She posted the videos from her own account. 
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Emily Buder:  "We go behind the scenes of the first Snapchat movie, a real-time horror flick."

Dr. Pamela Rutledge's curator insight, June 27, 2016 11:57 AM

Sickhouse - the first SnapChat-based film--brought to mind Blair Witch Project.  Both are revolutionary in their use of media to capture authenticity, breaking the fourth wall, and capturing the audience's imagination by fiddling with reality vs. fiction.  Using SnapChat is a clever device to make the film timely and raw.  

 

First adopters always have the advantage of challenging the audience's existing mental models about where and how reality ends and fiction begins.  This is a nice metaphor for social technologies as an extension of the social space rather than "some other place."  It is exactly that understanding that made the initial launch so powerful.

 

SnapChat also demands a 'Heminwayesqe' brevity and succinctness to scene construction, especially in real time.  Creating a horror film is a bit of a cheat as all that heightened anxiety increases the "need to know" among the audience that encourages following the story through.  Nevertheless, with so many moving parts, it makes sense to use a genre with wide socioemotional appeal.

 

The irony is that it didn't all disappear in the SnapChat way, and thus challenges how we understand SnapChat as well.  I have wondered for some time, given the creativity that SnapChat unleashes, how long people will be willing to just let their mini-artworks go into the ether.  When we create, it is part of us.  We have a long history of documenting acts of creativity because it is how we share our most human qualities.  

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Who says kids don’t have podcasts? Here are 18 choices from public radio

Who says kids don’t have podcasts? Here are 18 choices from public radio | Hitchhiker | Scoop.it
Recent pieces in The Atlantic and Current lamented the lack of children’s podcasts available on the market. Writing about the deficit of podcasts for young people on public radio, Lindsay Patterson…
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Melody Kramer introduces great choices for kids who like to listen to podcasts. Podcasts like "All Things Considered," but for kids, podcasts about Music, Deep questions and Science. There are also examples of Shows for teens and Serialized adventure dramas. Kramer also interviews John Sheehan and gets valuable tips about how to put up a great podcast. 
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Google News lab

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We collaborate with journalists and entrepreneurs to help build the future of media.
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Interesting Google Tools for journalists: how to find and verify information from the internet more easily.
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Storytelling in VR: Ambiguity and Implication in 1st Person Narratives

Storytelling in VR: Ambiguity and Implication in 1st Person Narratives | Hitchhiker | Scoop.it

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"Leaving the story open-ended enough will allow the user to fill in the blanks with their own story, and in the end create an experience that will be more personal and leave a deeper impression."
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The Digital Rocking Chair's curator insight, April 13, 2016 11:37 PM

 

Kent Bye:  "Conflict and growth is the heart of drama, and a lot of films and video games use the trope of external combat to express this. But Rob [Morgan] sees the potential to explore stories in VR and AR that are much more about internalized emotional conflicts within the main protagonist / player of the experience."

António Maneira's curator insight, April 17, 2016 8:32 PM
Oh my! If there are "narrative designers" shouldn't there be a narrative design course? I like the idea! Teaching how to build ambiguity in the characters definition allowing more freedom and agency to the gamer.
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A Participatory Documentary, Is It Possible?

A Participatory Documentary, Is It Possible? | Hitchhiker | Scoop.it

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Producer Mike Hedge tells about his team´s huge participatory documentary, As The Dust Settles. Many lessons to learn.
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Mike Hedge:  "Every summer, deep in the Nevada desert, a temporary city is created by tens of thousands of people. This week-long celebration is known as Burning Man" ...

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4 Crucial Tips For Creating a Transmedia Story

4 Crucial Tips For Creating a Transmedia Story | Hitchhiker | Scoop.it
The following piece is a guest post. Read more about MediaShift guest posts here. So you are a film student or filmmaker and you’re interested in telling a story that will stay with your audience beyond the fade out. Let’s say you want a webisode to go viral.
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1. Create a story world 
2. Create mystery boxes within that world. 
3. Master the anatomy of the viral video. 
4. Shift your emphasis from storytelling to story making.

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