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Essential reading for journalists who want to work with mobile, social and multimedia platforms
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Steller Storytelling App Gets A Huge Makeover

Steller Storytelling App Gets A Huge Makeover | Multimedia Journalism | Scoop.it
Steller is a story-telling app that has been around since the beginning of 2014, but today the company has announced a huge overhaul of the app’s UX to make editing and creating that much simpler.
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Janet Vasil's curator insight, Today, 9:51 AM

Looks like a fun app for creating  and sharing mini-movies quickly and easily with your phone. Check it out

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HBO courts millennials by doubling down on Vice TV content

HBO courts millennials by doubling down on Vice TV content | Multimedia Journalism | Scoop.it
HBO is expanding its relationship with Vice Media as the premium cable channel prepares to debut its online streaming service, HBO Now.
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Major steps in the rise of Vice and its multimedia journalism.
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Vine now supports 720p HD video, update rolling out to iOS first with Android to follow

Vine now supports 720p HD video, update rolling out to iOS first with Android to follow | Multimedia Journalism | Scoop.it
Vine today released an update to support higher quality videos. Previously, Vine videos published at 420p – with the new update, users can now upload at 720p. Vine provided an example photo below, though it’s a bit tough to see marginal differences.
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This is my next step: How The Verge wants to grow beyond tech blogging

This is my next step: How The Verge wants to grow beyond tech blogging | Multimedia Journalism | Scoop.it
What will it look like to hail an Uber from your wrist? How easy will it be to buy a ticket to see Avengers: Age of Ultron using your watch? And how might a smartwatch change the way we keep time?
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Report: Why More Brands Are Choosing Instagram Over Facebook

Report: Why More Brands Are Choosing Instagram Over Facebook | Multimedia Journalism | Scoop.it
According to visual marketing platform Olapic, Instagram is going to become the most powerful social media network of 2015.
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BuzzFeed Launches Two Podcasts

BuzzFeed Launches Two Podcasts | Multimedia Journalism | Scoop.it
It is 2009 all over again, and so podcasts are suddenly (and weirdly) all the rage. Hoping to cash in on the recycled trend is BuzzFeed, which has launched two new podcasts — Another Round and Internet Explorer.
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You Can Be a Trusted Guide To The Most Relevant Information Online: Not Google

You Can Be a Trusted Guide To The Most Relevant Information Online: Not Google | Multimedia Journalism | Scoop.it




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Robin Good's curator insight, March 23, 3:22 PM



Matt Rosoff writes on Business Insider UK:

"A lot of people think Google Search is like a map: An objective guide to the best and most important material on the internet. It's not.


Google Search is the most important product of a very wealthy and successful for-profit company. And Google will use this product to further its own commercial ends." (Not to help people find the most relevant info to their own learning needs.)


This is an excellent article that should be read a couple of times slowly to remind oneself of Google key aspirations and limits.


In it, the author illustrates with relevant references how Google uses whatever means it has to further the interest and revenues generated by its search engine ad business (AdWords / AdSense).

 

It also highlights, that like any other dominant, monopoly-like company it risks of being challenged in courts around the world, and this is "what Google desperately wants to avoid. If a government body issues a formal legal ruling that Google Search is an anticompetitive monopoly that needs to be regulated, it opens the floodgates".

Meanwhile Google Search is and will be increasingly challenged by smaller but more relevant, specialist search engines, like Amazon or Yelp.


But Google, hungry by its profit-driven goals, keeps also increasing the amount of information it provides itself inside search results, versus original content and resources that are out there on the web.


In four years time Google has doubled the amount screen real estate that it uses to promote its services or ads.


All of this to say, that Google is a for-profit company and not a humanitarian endeavour built and maintained to provide a true guide to the best information available online. 




For whoever has the interest, passion and skills to search, filter and organise information this is important news. 

There's an opportunity to provide higher quality, better vetted information results than Google presently does. At least in some areas. 

If Google is too busy about serving ads and pushing its own services, there will have to be someone else who can provide to Google, or other search engines, trusted quality search results on specific subject matters. 


As for Google there is one area where it cannot really compete with talented humans: trust. 


True information curators, of the expert kind, may indeed become in great demand in the near future. And personal trust will determine which one you and I will rely on. Whether Google will exist or not.



Right to the point. Informative. 9/10


Full article: http://uk.businessinsider.com/google-is-not-a-charity-2015-3 

Stephen Dale's curator insight, March 24, 4:54 AM

Put simply - Google (and for that matter any commercial search engine) may skew search results to promote their own commercial interests. The question to ask yourself is "are the (search) results good enough?" - I'd say in Google's defence "yes they are".

 

Reading time: 5mins

Ian M Cooper Cole, JFS Marketing Consutants's curator insight, March 27, 8:13 AM

This is so true, we all think we can rely on Google as a credible source. But they use an arbitrary algorithm which is created and constantly modified by a an insular team of silicon valley kids.

Their primary motivation is profit for Google, not our well being or enlightenment. Google has double the amount of advertising space on their search page in tha last 4 years.

The algorithm says new is better than old information, which may be true when it comes to searching "plane crash" but for "thanksgiving turkey recipes" ?

This is a good read.

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Mall Leverages Augmented Reality for Spring Campaign - PSFK (blog)

Mall Leverages Augmented Reality for Spring Campaign - PSFK (blog) | Multimedia Journalism | Scoop.it
Westfield created Future Fashion, a project that leverages virtual reality, social media, content, user-generated curation and digital avatars in order to get them to shop in-store.
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At last, the government may help local newspapers with tax breaks

At last, the government may help local newspapers with tax breaks | Multimedia Journalism | Scoop.it
Publishers will view a relief of business rates as different from a public subsidy For years newspapers publishers, media academics and the National Union of Journalists have been arguing that the government should step in to support the local news...
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3 tips for understanding science journalism - Columbia Journalism Review

3 tips for understanding science journalism - Columbia Journalism Review | Multimedia Journalism | Scoop.it
Is Alcoholics Anonymous the most effective way to treat addiction? Some science and health journalists said yes this week. Others journalists said no. This puts readers in an awkward position: How do you make sense of it when...
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INFOGRAPHIC: Not Just Once a Day for Facebook Users

INFOGRAPHIC: Not Just Once a Day for Facebook Users | Multimedia Journalism | Scoop.it
Which social networks are accessed by users multiple times per day? Facebook is far and away the leader.
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The Guardian, CNN, Reuters, and more enter into a global ad alliance

The Guardian, CNN, Reuters, and more enter into a global ad alliance | Multimedia Journalism | Scoop.it
Five of the biggest online news publishers in the world are joining up to form a supercontinent. For advertising.
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3 Strategies to Segment Audiences and Personalize Digital Marketing

3 Strategies to Segment Audiences and Personalize Digital Marketing | Multimedia Journalism | Scoop.it
Today’s consumers are not silent spectators or passive listeners. Instead, companies are dealing with an empowered audience — engaged in real-time social and mobile conversations, but fragmented across many digital platforms.
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Twitter Launches Periscope: 5,300 Reasons Per Hour Why You Should Care

Twitter Launches Periscope: 5,300 Reasons Per Hour Why You Should Care | Multimedia Journalism | Scoop.it
Twitter officially released Periscope this morning, the live-streaming video app that the network purchased in January. Periscope is being widely hailed as the “Meerkat killer” but what does that mean?
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Killer competition for Meerkat, the Twitter live video-streaming app?
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Juice for iOS helps you share content your Twitter followers will love

Juice for iOS helps you share content your Twitter followers will love | Multimedia Journalism | Scoop.it
It’s not easy being good at tweeting. You’ve got to understand your audience, curate interesting content and ideas to share, and be consistent with your posts. If you’re like me and have trouble engaging your followers, Juice for iOS is here to help.
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Building the brand newsroom of the future

Building the brand newsroom of the future | Multimedia Journalism | Scoop.it
The instantaneous collaboration that comes with a newsroom environment is increasingly important for PR pros.
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Mashable Hires First Fashion Reporter

Mashable Hires First Fashion Reporter | Multimedia Journalism | Scoop.it
Mashable is getting serious about fashion and style. The site — mostly known for its coverage of social media and tech — has hired David Yi as its first dedicated fashion reporter.
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Facebook to Media: We’ll Host Your Content

Facebook to Media: We’ll Host Your Content | Multimedia Journalism | Scoop.it
All the news that’s fit to Facebook? The New York Times reported that the social network is in talks with media companies about hosting their content, rather than directing users to external links.
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The mega guide to ideal image sizes for your social media posts

The mega guide to ideal image sizes for your social media posts | Multimedia Journalism | Scoop.it
This post originally appeared on Buffer’s blog. You’ve got all the great tools to create engaging images for social media. You know what the brain loves about visuals and how to build something beautiful to drive engagement.
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Mike McCallister's curator insight, March 25, 9:28 AM

Always important to keep up with this type of material when using social media. Conventional wisdom now says that graphics in posts (even in Twitter) get more engagement.

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Where next for robot journalists in the newsroom?

Where next for robot journalists in the newsroom? | Multimedia Journalism | Scoop.it
With Associated Press announcing that algorithmic programs will soon be used on the sports desk, should journalists be worried they'll soon be replaced?
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Instagram Brings Hashtag Pages to Website

Instagram Brings Hashtag Pages to Website | Multimedia Journalism | Scoop.it
Clicking on hashtags on Instagram for the Web now brings users to pages containing all photos and videos posted publicly with those hashtags.
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Journalists must see beyond religion to understand people's actions

Journalists must see beyond religion to understand people's actions | Multimedia Journalism | Scoop.it
Journalist and academic argue that we need to see below the religious veneer
As an atheist, I didn’t expect to be engaged by a panel debate about religion.
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From the post: "In modern multi-cultural Britain... religious literacy is essential.

"But the problem is that we are illiterate because our journalism is just not fit for purpose in terms of covering religion. The BBC has no editor of religion and there is no centre of expertise to consult at our public service broadcaster."

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The importance of teaching specialized writing skills to journalism students - Poynter.org

The importance of teaching specialized writing skills to journalism students - Poynter.org | Multimedia Journalism | Scoop.it
Create. Inform. Engage. | Journalism training, media news & how to's
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Highlights the difficulty of teaching journalism exclusively in an academic environment. If these students were working to a news editor on a news site/paper/bulletin they'd quickly get the tuition in journalistic writing they need.

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Medium for iOS now lets you write and publish directly from the app

Medium for iOS now lets you write and publish directly from the app | Multimedia Journalism | Scoop.it
Medium for iOS today gets a much-needed update to allow users to write and publish drafts on the go. The app even allows you to write a post using voice dictation if you’re feeling too poetic to type.
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How The Irish Times developed its new (very relaxed) metered paywall

How The Irish Times developed its new (very relaxed) metered paywall | Multimedia Journalism | Scoop.it
DUBLIN — On February 23, The Irish Times erected a metered paywall on its website, making it the first major daily Irish newspaper to do so. v clever of @IrishTimes to put story of octopus hunting on land behind the new paywall.
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