Pressfolios, an online portfolio platform with headquarters in Washington D.C., recently relaunched with some new features. Free accounts can add up to 12 stories with the text backed up on the server along with the ability to upload PDFs. Other features are available to “pro” accounts that cost $12 a month. Co-founder Marc Samson spoke to J-Source about some of the “exciting” new features available to journalists.
A group of journalism and media students working in Africa are devastated after thousands of dollars worth of equipment was stolen from them as they slept. The students (16 in total) were part of the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication’s Media in Ghana program. Burglars took electronics and irreplaceable memories totaling $25,000 from the compound the students were staying in.
CBC Calgary will be home to the first Canadian television newscast anchored by a married couple. CTV B.C. anchor and senior reporter Rob Brown and CBC News Vancouver anchor Rosa Marchitelli will move to Calgary — Marchitelli’s hometown — to anchor the six o’clock news this fall.
"One of the most popular ways many content publishers are incorporating real-time content into their production schedule is by hosting live chats with experts, celebrities and other notable guests.
The situation in Canada has reached the point where it needs to be said loudly and clearly: there is no law against public photography in Canada; no one here can ever be arrested for the simple act of making a picture or film, unless other laws are being broken in the process; and police officers who are in uniform and executing their duties in public have no reasonable expectation of privacy. William Kowalski looks at recent incidents that illustrate why this point needs to be made.
Audio editing news pieces can be time-consuming, so a group has collaborated to create a mobile phone app — which is still being tested — to streamline the process “like Google Docs for audio.”
If you want to raise money for a video journalism project, you could look to crowdsourcing platforms such as Indiegogo or Kickstarter, or, the newest platform: Vourno. It allows journalists to raise money for video news stories. It also wants to become an independent news network for video journalism. Founder Joseph Verdirame gave J-Source a rundown of what Vourno is all about as the company enters the Canadian market and just as the platform had its first participant successfully reach his funding goal.
Gary Mason's articles have helped to prevent mayoral candidates from getting elected, exposed controversial deals with the provincial government and uncovered secret negotiations. Cara McKenna examined The Globe and Mail's Western Canada columnist's career and some of the controversies along the way, in an article from the Langara Journalism Review.
Here's a theory that could help newspapers win their most lucrative ad audience back: Perhaps editors should pay more attention to studies of what women actually do instead of relying on what market researchers say they do, argues The Tyee's media columnist Shannon Rupp. Stats show women have more formal education than men and prefer long, narrative reads. Rupp says those stats suggest “your female audience is smart and you'd better be writing up to them, not down.”
With an invitation to over 100 top Canadian photographers, a collection of the most meaningful photos in each photographer’s portfolio has become a body of work highlighting the way that photography can make a positive change in the world. Photographers have submitted a photo that inspired action among the public, one that helped bring about a change in law or one that simply forced its viewers to re-think their preconceived ideas. The exhibit is on now through November at various locations in Toronto.