The Society for Features Journalism conference at the University of Maryland was a great success.
In case you didn’t make it, here’s a list of the digital tools we discussed during a Friday morning session with Betsey Guzior, engagement editor at Bizwomen, and Corey Takahashi, a multimedia instructor at Syracuse University, and at other sessions.
- Snapchat: Peter Hamby, formerly of CNN, heads News for Snapchat
- Tutorial on how to use for news: http://socialmediadesk.tumblr.com/post/127727042166/a-tale-told-in-36-snaps
- Canva: Combine media and text for Twitter cards, Facebook posts and covers, quote galleries – https://www.canva.com/
- Pablo: main bit of text on picture with logo: https://buffer.com/pablo
- Buffer: buffer tweets: https://buffer.com/
- Infogram: free version to visualize data (above): https://infogr.am/
- IMGflip: easy way to make annoying gifts: https://imgflip.com/
- Also makes memes
- Can make pie charts – can add as many slices
- Twitter cards: creates a text/image card when readers tweek a link: https://dev.twitter.com/cards/overview
- Creates attractive hyperlinks
- Needs a verified account
- If there is an error, will replicate through story
- Mosaically: allows you to make a high resolution zoomable mosaic: http://mosaically.com/
- Playbuzz: open source quiz, poll and match game generator (this one helps you match the shirtless chest with the college football coach: http://www.playbuzz.com/
- Can embed game into stories
- Go Animate: paid digital tool to create an animated story: http://goanimate.com/
- Co Everywhere: find real-time media chatter in a certain area: http://www.coeverywhere.com/
- Great for breaking news
- Periscope: live interactive video streaming: https://www.periscope.tv/
- Can use twitter credentials
- Patreon: recurring fundraising: https://www.patreon.com/
- Patrons as a new version of subscriber
- Tiny Letter: easy way to start a newsletter: http://tinyletter.com
- Social engagement
- Washington Post’s #waposhelfies: Color-coded bookshelves photos – http://wapo.st/1NNMclN
- Crawfish index – tracking the price at 10 restaurants http://bit.ly/1MU9CFi
- Spreadsheet of restaurant openings to check on
- Advance + listical of new restaurant opening
- Great DIY setup for recording audio in a hotel room http://bit.ly/1UhAgs7
- Being a DIY producer: http://nyti.ms/1MSOsaw
- Podcast production: http://www.wtfpod.com/podcast/episodes/episode_614_-_the_president_was_her
- Story ideas
- Own version of Kid Chef, weird ice cream, adult milkshakes
- Books picked by local authors, great places to take a selfie, where bartenders drink and DIY crafting
- Must-take day trips, summer to A to Z guide, popular podcasts and shopping with a local celeb, Christmas trees at work
- Recipe databases, restaurants worth the wait, food instagram
- Cool stories/sites to read/check out
- Building community and making money http://bit.ly/1MZXGTS
- Sponsored content
The digital tool: Canva.com
What does it do? Allows you to combine text and photos to make Twitter and Facebook images, posters, etc. You can build an image with a quote, a headline or a tease to use along with any social media links.
How does it work? After you’ve signed up, you get to do a test piece. Canva will gently guide you through the process. You can upload your own images, and you have plenty of choice in font and style of the text you want to add.
Once you’ve created your image, you can download it as a .png, then convert it as a JPEG for use with a tweet or a Facebook post.
Canva provides images, including icons, shapes, illustrations and photos. You can upload your own. Most of the images are available for free.
The free version is pretty generous on what you can do, so you might want to stick with that. A Canva for Work version (paid) allows you to create brand templates and even more. Certain images cost very little to buy.
- The choices are a bit overwhelming; a graphic designer might help you choose a style that complements the style of your section/website.
- The save button isn’t easy to find, but it’s a drop down under the “find” button on the top left.
- You can save your creations and use them over again.
How it’s used: How about this photo gallery with inspiring quotes from female business leaders in the Silicon Valley?
Find more Digital Tool Tuesday items at featuresjournalism.org