Multimedia Journalism
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Multimedia Journalism
Essential reading for journalists working with mobile, social and multimedia platforms
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How newsroom pressure is letting fake stories on to the web

How newsroom pressure is letting fake stories on to the web | Multimedia Journalism |

It started with a post on social media. Or, to be more exact, a series of posts about a visit to McDonald’s to buy a milkshake. Within hours, Josh Raby’s gripping account on Twitter was international news, covered by respected outlets on both sides of the Atlantic.


“This guy’s story about trying to buy a McDonald’s milkshake turned into a bit of a mission and the internet can’t get enough of it,” read the headline on Indy100, the Independent’s sister title. The New York Daily News said he’d been “tortured”. Except, as McDonald’s pointed out – and Raby himself later admitted – the story was embellished to entertain his Twitter followers, although he says he based it on real events.


Raby’s was the latest thinly sourced story that, on closer inspection, turned out not to be as billed. The phenomenon is largely a product of the increasing pressure in newsrooms that have had their resources slashed, then been recalibrated to care more about traffic figures.


And, beyond professional journalists, there is also a “whole cottage industry of people who put out fake news”, says Brooke Binkowski, an editor at debunking website Snopes. “They profit from it quite a lot in advertising when people start sharing the stories. They are often protected because they call themselves ‘satire’ or say in tiny fine print that they are for entertainment purposes only.”...

Via Jeff Domansky
Jeff Domansky's curator insight, April 19, 2016 10:04 AM

The push for traffic means that clicks rule – even if the facts don’t  always check out.

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Snowfallen StoryTelling: 150+ Examples of Long-Format Multimedia Stories

Snowfallen StoryTelling: 150+ Examples of Long-Format Multimedia Stories | Multimedia Journalism |

Via Robin Good
Robin Good's curator insight, January 4, 2014 8:07 AM

Snowfallen definition: "to publish a whopping great story online that’s stuffed full of integrated multimedia elements — in the manner of the New York Times’ Snow Fall, the epic report on a brutal avalanche that was released late last year to much acclaim."

(source: Matter)

Whether you think that the SnowFall-like journalism format is a great thing or not, this new storytelling format characterized by long narrative texts accompanied by many multimedia elements, seems to see no stop to its growth.

Bobby Johnson of Matter / Medium, is not quite convinced that this format is always the best way to go, but besides his interesting pros and cons for the use of the snowfallen format, he has done a fantastic job of curating a great an "open" collection of all of the "snowfallen" examples already published out there.

The collection provides in a chronological order, "snowfall"-like examples essentially for the last three years, though there are a few dating back as far as to 1996. 

Excellent. 9/10

SnowFallen Examples Collection: 

malek's curator insight, January 4, 2014 8:26 AM

A frowing different species in the Storytelling kingdom. Save it in your Google Doc, enjoy at your leisure.

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The Future of News Journalism Will Be Built Around Curation and Trust

Via Robin Good
Robin Good's curator insight, February 3, 2015 4:45 AM

Valuable insight for those interested in seeing how news curation and editor's choice approaches in journalism can benefit both the publisher and its audience a lot more than simply picking and aggregating interesting stories from other sites.

One key relevant difference between aggregating news stories from other sources and editorially curated content is the role of the curator, a tangible person with specific value and ethics who readers come to respect, identify with and ultimately trust for his / her choices in what they should be paying attention to.

"Editors could become curators, cultivating the best work from both inside and outside the newsroom. 
We can form a relationship with a good curator, sometimes even a two-way relationship when we can use social networks to start a conversation with them at any moment.

Curation and trust may indeed form the basis of a new symbiotic relationship between information seekers and subject-matter expert curators that will gradually displace the value of traditional algorithmic search.

"...some have even predicted that the future of finding content on the web will be through editorial curation, not search engine optimization.

In 2013, Brittany Botti, co-founder and social lead of the digital marketing agency Outspective wrote, “In the future, people will look to other people instead of algorithms to find what they are looking for.” 

The paper includes valuable links to examples of curated newsletters and other news publications. 

Truthful. 8/10

Original paper: 

by Darrel West and Beth Stone
Governance Studies at Brookings

Nedko Aldev's curator insight, April 5, 2015 12:22 PM


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Future of News: Google Living Stories Still a Great Model for the News To Be

Living Stories provide a new, experimental way to consume news, developed by a partnership between Google, the New York Times, and the Washington Post. In Li...

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Robin Good's curator insight, November 26, 2013 10:46 AM

Google Living Stories is an experimental project by Google that showcased (over a brief period between 2009 and 2010) how technology could be used effectively to provide a new, richer and more effective way to organize, serve and present news stories online.

In the Living Stories model, each story is a stream that is continuously updated over time with new updates, additional stories, images, and other multimedia resources that are published over time. 

These are organized on the page in a way that provides maximum accessibility to the reader, allowing him to skim, explore, filter or dig in depth into any category or specific item.

Nonetheless abandoned by Google, Living Stories remains a very inspiring example of how automated news aggregation and manual curation, both required in heavy doses to achieve this type of results, could provide a truly innovative mode of producing and offering access to news information.

The greatest news of all is that Google has left the model, examples and infrastructure for using and improving upon it available to everyone for free.

"The Living Stories code is available as open-source for anyone to use on their own sites at:

Must see. 9/10

Free to study, use and adopt.

More info and examples: 

WordPress plugin: 

Therese Torris's curator insight, November 27, 2013 5:19 AM

Google extends strengthens its grip on news. Goog luck to small players!