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Archives: July 2008

10,000 Words goes to UNITY!

I will be in Chicago next week at the UNITY: Journalists of Color conference where I will speak on multimedia storytelling. All next week, I will be either liveblogging and/or video blogging the conference and as many multimedia journalism-related sessions as possible. I will also be Twittering about UNITY starting July 21 (Follow 10,000 Words here!). I promise to leave no new media stone unturned.

I’ve written about liveblogging before and am considering using either CoverItLive or ScribbleLive which I have yet to test. If time permits, I will also post a conference day wrap up on YouTube and embed the video here. All in all, it promises to be an action packed week.

15 Journalists' outstanding personal portfolios

In this digital age it is a must that every journalist have an online portfolio that demonstrates his or her work. The following journalists are incorporating interactivity, blogs, video, audio, photos and more into their personal sites — all of which speak volumes more than traditional résumés.

Poh Si Teng

Freelance journalist, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Daniel Sato

Staff Photographer, Des Moines Register

Meranda A. Watling

Education reporter, Journal & Courier

Rachel Youens

Staff Reporter, Community Impact Newspaper

Brett Roegiers

Multimedia journalist,

Lam Thuy Vo

Multimedia journalist, Wall Street Journal

John D. Sutter

Staff Writer, The Oklahoman

Drew Tewksbury

Multimedia Journalist, Los Angeles, California

Eric Ulken

Editor for Interactive Technology,

Richard Cornish

Interaction designer, World Online/Lawrence Journal-World

Steven King

Multimedia Journalist, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Christine M. McKenna

Web producer/Consultant, WNET/

Nick Trost

Journalism student, Seattle, Washington

Kelly West

Staff photographer, Austin American-Statesman

Tyson Anderson

Visual journalist/Graduating student, University of Missouri-Columbia

21 Free online photo editing tools

When Photoshop, GIMP or similar image editing programs aren’t an option, there are more than a few online alternatives that will help make simple changes to your photos and images. No wacky morphing tools here; just the features journalists need.

1. Fotoflexer/Photobucket

Crop; resize; rotate; flip; hue/saturation/lightness; contrast; various Photoshop-like effects

2. Photoshop Express

Requires free registration; 2 GB storage; crop; rotate; resize; auto correct; exposure correction; red-eye removal; retouching; saturation; white balance; sharpen; color correction; various other effects

3. Picnik

“Auto-fix”; rotate; crop; resize; exposure correction; color correction; sharpen; red-eye correction

4. Pic Resize

Resize; crop; rotate; brightness/contrast; conversion; other effects

5. Snipshot

Resize; crop; enhancement features; exposure, contrast, saturation, hue and sharpness correction; rotate; grayscale

6. rsizr

For quick cropping and resizing

7. EasyCropper

For quick cropping and resizing

8. Pixenate

Enhancement features; crop; resize; rotate; color effects

9. Splashup

Requires free registration; Flash-based interface; resize; crop; layers; flip; sharpen; blur; color effects; special effects

10. FlauntR

Requires free registration; resize; rotate; crop; various effects

11 more imaging tools after the jump

11. LunaPic

Similar to Microsoft Paint; many features including crop, scale and rotate

12. Wiredness

Resize; crop; exposure correction; rotate; flip; color effects; brightness/contrast; sharpen; blur

13. 72photos

Requires free registration; 200 MB storage space; rotate; crop; effects including blur; picture enhancement


Resize; crop; rotate; flip; brightness/contrast, color adjustment; sharpen; blur; various effects; line drawing; border

15. Cellsea

Resize; crop; rotate; flip; blur; sharpen; color effects; various effects

16. VicImager

resize; flip; mirror; rotate; brightness/contrast, color adjustment; conversion; various effects


Similar to Microsoft Paint; many features including resize, crop, and filters

18. Online Image Editor

File conversion; crop; rotate; flip; color correction; border

19. Piccyfix

Rotate; flip; crop; colorize/tint; brightness; contrast; various effects; border; resize


Resize; crop; rotate; flip; brightness & contrast; saturation; color effects; blur, sharpen


Resize; crop; rotate; mirror effect; adjust brightness, contrast; various effects including sharpen and grayscale

Flickr photo by HailieJade used under Creative Commons license.

Also on 10,000 Words:

30 Amazing photoblogs (and a few tips for creating one)
Move over Soundslides: 4 Free online slideshow creators
6 Creative approaches to photography
10 Tips for taking better photos

Friday Humor: Lower thirds

Coming up with lower thirds/chyrons/astons for the man on the street can be a challenging, but humorous process. Mike Sacks knows this and has put together a hilarious collection of “Photos of TV.” Check it out, if only to end the week with a laugh.

For more Friday fun, check out mental floss’ 10 Things I Learned from the AP Stylebook.

How the iPhone will revolutionize journalism

Friday’s launch of the iPhone 3G means that millions more people will change how they interact with their cell phones. The iPhone represents a growing opportunity for news organizations to take on the mobile web and to recoup tech savvy consumers who have shunned old forms of media.

Gone are the days of waiting for the evening paper or the 7 o’clock news to find out about the day’s events. The iPhone provides instant information at the tap of a finger which gives users the ability to pull up any factoid in a matter of seconds.

This means even shorter deadlines for reporters, and even quicker turn around on blurbs that can be posted to the web immediately. It also means consumers will be more receptive to mobile video which, on the iPhone’s predecessors, had to be viewed on a screen the size of a postage stamp. The phone currently has built-in YouTube access for those videos hosted on the video sharing site, but it puts a greater demand on Apple to create Flash compatibility on the phone so news sites can provide video in a central location.

If consumers continue to favor smartphones for newspapers, it spells the demise of the 100,000 word story that, let’s be honest, no one but the Pulitzer Prize committee is reading anyway. Flowery language and intro paragraphs will eventually give way to succinct stories that can be read and digested quickly.

The iPhone’s increasing popularity also means a definite increase in citizen journalism. Ordinary citizens can use the phone’s built-in camera to take photos of news as it happens and email it to their local or national news outlet. Or, as more users become familiar with the phone’s unique typing interface, they will post their own news in whatever manner they want.

Flickr is already seeing a rise in photographs submitted from iPhones, and several Twitter applications are making it easier to send news directly from the phone.

Many media companies, like the Los Angeles Times, CNN, and NPR have already acknowledged the technical capabilities of the phone by creating mobile-friendly sites. This is tame compared to the possibilities the iPhone holds.

The GPS-enabled phone is an untapped space for news organizations to provide extremely hyperlocal news directly to the reader by mapping news events happening directly around them. Imagine being able to access a map and know that a fire is happening right down the street from you.

The great barrier to mass adoption of new technology is often price. But now that the cost of the iPhone has dropped significantly (and perhaps even more in the future?), the number of iPhone and other smartphone users is likely to grow dramatically.

As technologically advanced as the iPhone is, it still lacks obvious features that still haven’t been addressed in its latest iteration. But as the phone and other similar technologies grow and develop, the opportunities for new and innovative journalism will arise.

One can only hope that these developments will occur in the near future, but, as has been shown in the past, the field of journalism is slow to catch up to available technology. Journalism shouldn’t be catching up to technology; it should be at the forefront of its creation.

For a list of iPhone development resources, visit Positive Space.