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Archives: December 2012

How New Instagram Changes Your Journalism

Instagram has become an unlikely, yet important, online tool for journalists, bloggers and citizens. Not only is it a great way to shoot stylized photos and on-the-go location shots, but it’s also a smart outlet to turn to when looking for eyewitness accounts of major news — people often turn to Instagram thanks to its quick sharing with social media networks like Twitter and Facebook.

However, these past few weeks have changed the service in a radical way, and now is the time to determine whether it’s the right tool for your photos and your personal use.

1. You Won’t See it On Twitter

This season has been a rocky one for Instagram and one of its biggest propagators, Twitter. Two weeks ago, the companies had effectively “broken up,” with Instagram no longer hosting images through Twitter’s API. Twitter snapped back, effectively distributing its own Instagram clone (with filters to boot) right in its native TwitPic system. Read more

Google Offers Journalism Fellowship

Though Google may have contributed to the ailing journalism industry, the search giant will now be offering journalism students 10-week long fellowships. The first of these fellowships will start in the summer of 2013, and are open to both undergrads and graduate students.

The fellowship is aimed at “students interested in using technology to tell stories in new and dynamic ways,” said the announcement. Fellows spend their first week at the Knight Foundation and the last week at Google. The program is especially suited to readers of 10,000 Words, as the intersection of journalism and technology is exactly what the fellowship is about. Below are the qualities that the program is seeking: Read more

3 Easy Tools for Building a Professional Website

These days, finding freelance (or even full-time) work without an established and thoughtful web presence is next to impossible. It’s important to have an online presence that’s “Google-ready,” with a smart-looking website that shows off your professional work in a formal yet stylish setting, to lure publications into your professional brand and show them your best work.

But it’s hard to quickly put together a professional portfolio website with a dearth of disposable skills and time, and not many freelancers have the extra budget to hire a web designer.Thankfully, there are some fast, simple and stunning portfolio-building websites that will not only put your work online but also do it with the right amount of flair. Here are three standouts, with their ease and good looks, that can give you a great portfolio website without breaking the bank.

What’s your favorite portfolio website? Let us know in the comments.

Pressfolios

One of the most difficult tasks involved in sending a pitch packet or cover letter is including relevant clips. Whether it’s sending a large and ugly PDF or including a set of links at the bottom of the email, it’s rare that clips are presented in a simple and smart way — and can also do more for your web presence.

Enter Pressfolios, a minimalist and lightning-quick way to put all of your clips in one place. Now out of private beta, the portfolio website offers an easy and evergreen place to store all relevant clips online and presents them in a thoughtful, tile-based presentation. Compiling clips is as easy as copying over a URL from your favorite article and pasting it into the Pressfolios reader. You can also select your own image for the article to make the most visual impact. Once your portfolio is put together, you can encourage potential employers to access it through a smart permalink in your cover letter — making clips an easy and fluid part of your application package.  Read more

Make Your Own Digital Mag With Glossi

These days, there are many ways for people to be content creators. Whether it’s blogging or shooting YouTube videos, the Web has provided the democratization of content creation. That’s gotten a whole lot prettier with Glossi, a new digital publishing tool that allows users to create their own online magazines. Now in public beta (you can request an invite here), Glossi offers an intuitive way for anyone to craft a digital magazine, complete with multimedia integration.

Created by the social commerce company ThisNext, Glossi is a bid to branch out beyond the fashion and commerce world into the wider digital publishing realm. So, can a platform like this upend the magazine publishing industry? Read more

Friday Roundup: Wavii Launches iPhone App, Pinerly Becomes Reachli, Meograph Gets More Updates

It’s about time we catch up with some tools we’ve written about in the past as the companies continue to grow and change. Here are a few recent highlights.

Wavii’s iPhone app

Remember Wavii? It’s the instant news feed for any topic, letting you follow issues and people from news sources around the world. Newsroom use cases include reporters on a beat or a homepage producer wanted to stay up-to-date on the latest trending news. The company has just debuted its newest 2.0 app for iOS devices.

From Wavii’s announcement, new features of the app:

  • Smoother navigation, commenting and social sharing: The new app has a streamlined look and feel, it also includes a new social bar that lets you see what stories your friends have interacted with and enables you to easily share your thoughts too. You can also quickly share stories via email, or over to Facebook and Twitter.
  •  More updates for any topic: A wider range of the world’s events as short, simple status updates in your newsfeed.
  •  Quick and easy discovery of new topics to follow: Provides quick access to category feeds like “Popular,” “Tech,” and “Entertainment”, making it easier to discover new and interesting topics that you can follow to personalize your experience.
  •  More ways to get started: You can now use Twitter or an email address to sign up, in addition to Facebook.

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