The Guardian’s launch of its Open Journalism approach this week with the innovative, witty Three Pigs advertisement also ushers in a powerful endorsement of the collaborative approach to producing news. While Canadian newsrooms are embracing new ideas and approaches, the size and scope of this initiative paves an exciting new path. Robert Washburn opens the discussion.
The new iBook authoring software is being used by two alternative media outlets for telling important stories and archiving stories. Wayne McPhail continues his exploration of this new technology and its role in journalism looking at these two examples of handling content.
Will television be the next news medium to undergo a dramatic transformation? Robert Washburn explains how social TV products such as Apple iTV and Google TV will add a social layer to television programming that will change the way we consume broadcasts.
The launch of the new Apple iBooks Author tool is aimed at challenging the textbook publishing market. Wayne MacPhail argues the new platform also gives journalists a new opportunity to create innovative, media-rich and longform stories for the audience.
Journalist Wayne MacPhail looks into his crystal ball at dramatic changes to our phones, computers and the Internet. The ensuing innovations will be the next wave of communications devices journalists can expect to see as platforms for delivering news. MacPhail asks: "How do you tell a story to a wristwatch?"
When Anna Rodrigues looked around for Canadian journalism schools running hyperlocal blogs back in 2010, she couldn’t find any. How the Durham College instructor launched her own.
This October, Montreal-based career journalist and businessman Warren Perley is launching a new online business model, beststory.ca, for freelance journalists who love the written word and wish to indulge that passion to the exclusion of video. He tells J-Source the genesis and rationale of this new business model.
The closure of TBD.com, a Washington-based hyperlocal news site, is garnering attention from critics and naysayers as proof the localized type of coverage is not viable.
Loyalist College e-journalism professor Robert Washburn offers a different point of view by wading into the ongoing debate.
Continue Reading Hyperlocal news is not dead despite rumours
From covering the uprising in Egypt to gauging the public’s reaction to a proposed Toronto transit fare hike, Storify allows journalists to aggregate social media as a means of storytelling, writes Adam Vrankulj.
Continue Reading Storify makes content curation smarter, more useful
“If we want to tell and share our stories,” writes Wayne MacPhail, “we should learn to use and master the devices more and more people are using to consume and create. If you want to explore community-level hyperlocal journalism, smartphones are a natural tool for a diffuse, mobile news team.”
Continue Reading J-students go hyperlocal with smartphones