RJI Futures Lab #191: Vice’s Cinematic Approach

Vice News has set itself apart from traditional broadcast news outlets with a more cinematic approach to its visual report. We find out how they do it from Maral Usefi, director/producer at Vice News Tonight. Reporting by Lindsey Miller.

Mentioned in our report:

Steadicam Smoothee
$89.95
This handheld device helps stabilize a mobile phone to produce smoother shots. The universal smartphone mount works with the various sizes of Android and iPhone models. A separate mount is available for GoPro HERO cameras.
https://tiffen.com/steadicamsmoothee/ Filmic Pro Mobile Video
$9.99 for Android, $14.99 for iOS
This smartphone camera app enables manual adjustment of exposure, ISO, shutter speed and color settings. It also has sophisticated audio controls that include visual audio meters and support for stereo microphones.
http://www.filmicpro.com GoPro Karma Grip
$299.99
Handheld stabilizer for GoPro cameras.
https://shop.gopro.com/stabilization GoPro Karma Drone
$799.99
A compact
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RJI Futures Lab #190: Animated GIFs for News

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the creation of the GIF file format. Although GIFs are often used in a lighthearted way, Public Radio International’s global affairs program “The World” uses looping GIF animations as conversation starters to help tell serious news stories. Steven Davy, multimedia editor at “The World,” tells us how they do it. Reporting by Sarah Sabatke, Rachel Wise and Jessica King.

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RJI Futures Lab #189: EFF’s Advice on Best Encryption Apps

As journalists increasingly see the need to keep communications private, many are turning to apps that enable encrypted messaging. But how do you know if the app you chose actually does the job? We share some advice about key features from staff members at the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Reporting by Marlee Baldridge.  

Rachel Wise is an editor at the Futures Lab at the Reynolds Journalism Institute and co-producer of the weekly Futures Lab video update.

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RJI Futures Lab #188: Assembling Social Posts With Roundabout

Roundabout is a tool for creating customized, continually updated feeds of social media content from multiple accounts and platforms. The resulting collection of posts can be embedded within a webpage, enabling online viewers to see the grouped social media content all in one place. We find out how it works from Chief Executive Officer Rogier Visser. Reporting by Lindsey Miller, Reuben Stern and Rachel Wise

Additional information: Roundabout is one of many platforms that assemble social posts together. In most cases the social walls are designed for events and other big-screen installations as well as embedding into websites. A few options:

Futures Lab #187: Community Impact Newspaper

Community Impact Newspaper is a hyperlocal news company that delivers a free monthly newspaper to every household in the geographic areas it covers. The company uses revenue generated from advertisements to serve 22 communities across Texas. John Garrett, founder and chief executive officer, explains what makes Community Impact’s targeted advertising model unique. Reporting by Rayna Sims

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  • The company serves 22 communities across 34 cities in Texas, including Austin, Dallas-Fort Worth and Houston metro areas. It tailors the content of its newspapers to each community.
  • Earlier this month, Community Impact Newspaper announced a new partnership with the Texas Tribune.
  • Community Impact is able to distribute its free newspapers to more than 1.7 million households in Texas because of revenue it makes from advertisements. The company’s advertising model allows it to target ads to readers at extremely hyperlocal levels, even down to individual postal carriers.
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RJI Futures Lab #186: Mobile Studio and Teleprompter App Bigvu

Bigvu is an app designed to be a mobile studio for video journalists in the field. It combines a teleprompter with a platform for recording, managing and publishing the videos. Reporting by Gabe Dubois

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  • Bigvu is being used by several publishers in Europe, including France24, TraceTV, NextPlz, SportYou and Kangai. Spanish news organization 20 Minutos garnered 1.3 million views with the first 11 clips it produced using Bigvu.
  • A post on the Bigvu website outlines seven types of original videos users can produce to drive engagement. Among these examples are breaking news, testimonials and explanation videos.
  • Bigvu is available for both iOS and Android devices.
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Futures Lab #185: How the Wall Street Journal Engages with 360 Video

The Wall Street Journal has been telling stories using immersive 360 video within its recently launched VR app on the Google Daydream platform. Jarrard Cole, an executive producer in video at the Wall Street Journal, explains how this interactivity helps keep viewers engaged.

Reporting by Reuben Stern, Rachel Wise and Liza Anderson


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