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Tools for helping journalists create content, keep it relevant and keep up with changing audience behaviour and technological advances.
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Flipboard's build your own mag feature

Flipboard's build your own mag feature | Social media kitbag | Scoop.it
Your Social Magazine. Available for iPad, iPhone & Android.
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I've been playing with the new Flipboard Magazine tool and started building a personalised magazine about the Media's Future, dragging in random articles that catch my eye and which I want to store and share. Now I am trying to figure out how useful and disruptive this new version of Flipboard (2.0) could be. Please share any experiences/comments/ideas below.

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Home - Future Journalism Project

Home - Future Journalism Project | Social media kitbag | Scoop.it
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From the site: "The Future Journalism Project explores disruption, opportunity and innovation across the media landscape. We do this through a mix of original thinking and reporting, curation and the use of various platforms that best fit the type of content that we’re working with."

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helpingmedia's curator insight, February 4, 2013 2:01 AM

From the site: "The Future Journalism Project explores disruption, opportunity and innovation across the media landscape. We do this through a mix of original thinking and reporting, curation and the use of various platforms that best fit the type of content that we’re working with."

Mafalda Marques's curator insight, February 24, 2013 6:53 PM

the future of journalism

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Wufoo · Online Form Builder!

Wufoo · Online Form Builder! | Social media kitbag | Scoop.it
Wufoo's HTML form builder helps you create online web forms.
Use our web form creator to power your contact forms, online
surveys, and event registrations.
helpingmedia's insight:

From the site: "Wufoo is a web application that helps anybody build amazing online forms. When you design a form with Wufoo, it automatically builds the database, backend and scripts needed to make collecting and understanding your data easy, fast and fun."

 

Note: You are able to make three forms only with the free version but those forms will have limited functionality. I signed up and had a try and the free version seems to offer the basics needed to gather information. Upgrading to the paid version promises far more, but I have not tried that.  Any comments from people who have upgraded welcome.

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Ramona Lupu's curator insight, January 8, 2013 9:01 AM

Wufoo - a web application that helps anybody build online forms. When you design a form with Wufoo, it automatically builds the database, backend and scripts needed to make collecting and understanding your data easy and fast.

 

 

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infogr.am - create, share & embed infographics

infogr.am - create, share & embed infographics | Social media kitbag | Scoop.it
Create infographics and interactive online charts. It's free and super-easy! Follow other users and discover amazing data stories!
helpingmedia's insight:

This looks really easy. Intuitive layout. Data friendly, just load a spread sheet and go. 

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podcastomatic.com

podcastomatic.com | Social media kitbag | Scoop.it
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Podcastomatic works well. Simply add the URL of your blog and it will turn it into a podcast read by a robot. One or two issues which I will mail them about. If your blog has a 'read more' function as in WordPress or Joomla the robot stops reading at that point. The robot also reads information at the bottom of the post such as the permalink and invitation to add comments. But it's a good start. 

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Spreecast

Spreecast | Social media kitbag | Scoop.it
Spreecast is the social video platform that lets people broadcast together.
helpingmedia's insight:

They call it "The ultimate live video experience" with the chance to interact live with individuals and groups, post questions live onscreen, share and embed. Could be good for groups of stringers reporting on a news story from multiple locations. Have just signed up for an account but not tested yet. Please add any experiences below.

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helpingmedia's comment, December 22, 2012 5:14 AM
More from the site: "Spreecast is being used by content creators to engage in timely, relevant conversations across the globe. From bloggers and journalists to celebrities and large media companies, content creators enjoy Spreecast’s advanced producer controls, real-time Facebook and Twitter sharing, and features that help you interact with your audience like never before. Any number of viewers can watch and participate live, making it a great tool for both large and small audiences. Spreecasts can also be embedded on the web and are available for instant playback, allowing you to drive views and shares long after the live experience is over. No other platform offers this level of engagement."
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Storination : Storination

Storination : Storination | Social media kitbag | Scoop.it
Storination is launching soon.
helpingmedia's insight:

According to the site this is 'hyperlocal-blogging' and Journalism UK says it "is a platform which enables users to create a group of Storify stories. Publishers could use it to group together Storify stories from a certain event, for example, or covering a specific subject."

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Datawrapper

Datawrapper is an open source tool helping everyone to create simple, correct and embeddable charts in minutes.
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Another free data visualisation tool for embedding or sharing via social media.

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Weavly for mixing videos, GIFs & sounds

Weavly for mixing videos, GIFs & sounds | Social media kitbag | Scoop.it

From the site: "Weavly enables you to create video mashups in your browser using video and audio content from YouTube, SoundCloud & Co".

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Creative Commons Search

Creative Commons Search | Social media kitbag | Scoop.it

Creative Commons Search helps you find assets that are available to share, use and remix. Great for those looking for assets to enrich news stories.

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Gail Rogers's curator insight, February 10, 2013 12:03 PM

Use this to find material for your creation!

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Aviary.com

Aviary.com | Social media kitbag | Scoop.it

From the site - "A better photo editing solution for web & mobile apps. Developers: upgrade your app with our gorgeous editing tools. Make photo editing a seamless part of your workflow. Embed Aviary in minutes with just a few lines of code."

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Booktype

Booktype | Social media kitbag | Scoop.it

From the site:

 

"The open source platform to write and publish print and digital books.

 

"Booktype is a free, open source platform that produces beautiful, engaging books formatted for print, Amazon, iBooks and almost any ereader within minutes.

 

"Create books on your own or with others via an easy-to-use web interface. Build a community around your content with social tools and use the reach of mobile, tablet and ebook technology to engage new audiences. "

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QUOTE.fm

QUOTE.fm | Social media kitbag | Scoop.it
helpingmedia's insight:

Great tool for sharing quotes from articles and embedding them. From the site:  "QUOTE.fm is the best way to discover, read, collect, recommend, curate, and discuss written stories."  Tested it here. http://www.mediahelpingmedia.org/blog/how-to-give-quotes-a-life-of-their-own/

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Jeff Domansky's comment, March 15, 2013 11:29 PM
Great functionality but the design and presentation need a wholesale makeover and presentation options for enjoyable reading. Otherwise I'm not sure readers won't get bored and go elsewhere. Thanks for sharing it.
helpingmedia's comment, March 16, 2013 4:57 AM
Hi Jeff, agreed. I also noticed that if I use the tablet version I can't quote directly from an article. I seem to have to grab the url from my browser, move over to the app, paste it in and do it that way round. Too many steps. (perhaps I am doing something wrong). Also, I would like to be able to add a bit more context around the collection. I have raised a few points in the piece (linked to above).
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Newsflare

Newsflare | Social media kitbag | Scoop.it
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Upload your news videos or respond to assignments and make money. Good news for anyone with a camera who spots a story and is first on the scene.

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Timeline JS - interactive, multimedia timelines

Timeline JS - interactive, multimedia timelines | Social media kitbag | Scoop.it
Beautifully crafted timelines that are easy, and intuitive to use.
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Create multimedia timelines to embed and share. You can use Google Docs to assemble data and elements before publishing. 

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Osocio's curator insight, December 29, 2012 3:09 PM

You can use Google Docs to assemble data and elements before publishing. 

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Piktochart | Infographic App & Presentation Tool

Piktochart | Infographic App & Presentation Tool | Social media kitbag | Scoop.it
helpingmedia's insight:

Have a play with the free version. It has limited options but enough features to create an impressive info graphic. The premium versions offer a lot more.

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Issuu - You Publish

Issuu - You Publish | Social media kitbag | Scoop.it
Explore a world of publications by people and publishers alike. Collect, share and publish in a format designed to make your documents look their very best.
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Upload your  documents and publications and embed them in any website. Another embed option with the added benefit of showcasing your work in categories for others to find, share, embed and follow.

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Spundge - collaborative curation

Spundge - collaborative curation | Social media kitbag | Scoop.it

Spundge lets you collaboratively discover, curate, and create better content.

helpingmedia's insight:

This could be good for news teams involved in collaborative news gathering. I read about it online and will test it and report on my blog.

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helpingmedia's comment, December 22, 2012 6:30 AM
Just blogged about this in the hope of attracting some comments from journalists who have tried it for news gathering. http://www.mediahelpingmedia.org/blog/share-your-spundge-content-collaboration-experiences/
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Meograph: Four-dimensional storytelling

Meograph: Four-dimensional storytelling | Social media kitbag | Scoop.it
Meograph helps you easily create, share, and playback beautiful stories in context of Where and When.
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Another timeline, multimedia, interactive asset aggregator to embed and share.

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Create timelines, share them on the web | Timetoast timelines

Create timelines, share them on the web | Timetoast timelines | Social media kitbag | Scoop.it
Timetoast is a place to create timelines that you can add to your blog or website. You can create historical timelines of important events, or build a timeline of your vacation. It's all up to you.
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Another free timeline tool to embed or share on social media.

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Cackle comment system

Cackle comment system | Social media kitbag | Scoop.it

An alternative to Disqus and the other social comment plug ins particularly useful if you have a strong Russian audience. From the site "Cackle is a comment system for your site which creates an active community of commentators."

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easel.ly - info graphics

easel.ly - info graphics | Social media kitbag | Scoop.it

Create attractive infographics to embed on your site and share. From the site's publicity page: "Drag and Drop pre-designed themes and vector assets onto your canvas for easy creation and customization of rich infographics."

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Storyplanet – Connect with stories

Storyplanet – Connect with stories | Social media kitbag | Scoop.it

Just signed up for this amazing story telling tool. The examples are excellent. Be sure to watch the Pine Point feature and stick with it, clicking as you do. This is a wonderful way of telling stories. Looking forward to my invite to try the tool out.

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PicMonkey - a replacement for Picnik

PicMonkey - a replacement for Picnik | Social media kitbag | Scoop.it

The world's friendliest photo editor got a chance to start again. If you loved Picnik, PicMonkey is back in town and better than ever. It's faster, more powerful, and easier to use. It's the real deal you already know, plus 78% more monkey.

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