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.

Examples shown in our report: You’ll find more examples from “The World” on PRI’s Giphy page. Rachel Wise is an editor at the Futures Lab at the Reynolds Journalism Institute and co-producer of the weekly Futures Lab video update. RJI Futures Lab web bannerThe Reynolds Journalism Institute’s Futures Lab video update features a roundup of fresh ideas, techniques and developments to help spark innovation and change in newsrooms across all Continue reading "RJI Futures Lab #190: Animated GIFs for News"

WATCH: The Moment Terrorist Bombs Ripped Through an Egyptian Church

Dozens of Coptic Christians were killed Sunday after terrorist bombs ripped through a churches in the Egyptian cities of Tanta and Alexandria. ISIS claimed responsibility for the blasts the same day. The exact moment of the explosions, captured in camera footage from both churches, was rebroadcast on CNN Sunday afternoon. “The images we are about to show you are very disturbing,” said CNN anchor, Fredricka Whitfield, shortly before broadcasting. From Tanta, the footage shows worshipers praying the moment a bomb went off. The video feed is cut off, but people can be heard screaming in audio. In Alexandria, the full explosion was captured on video. The terrorist attack drew a swift rebuke from President Donald Trump on Twitter.

Beyoncé Releases a New Video for ‘Die With You’ On Ninth Wedding Anniversary to Jay Z

shutterstock_278838242 Every time it seems we’ve reached peak Beyoncé, Beyoncé goes and out-Beyoncés herself. She’s become increasingly active on social media, and today, she dropped a new music video for her song “Die With You.” Currently, it’s streaming on Tidal, but some of it is available on her Instagram as well:

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The video shows moments between Jay Z and Beyoncé, as well as footage of their life with daughter Blue Ivy Carter. At the end, Blue Ivy kisses her mother’s belly, which currently holds her future siblings. Predictably, her fans are going nuts. One commenter on her Instagram wrote, “Brb. crying.” Another said, “The best relationship in the world award goes to Jay Z and Beyoncé.” A third wrote, “Just dropped my laptop because I rushed so fast to download Continue reading "Beyoncé Releases a New Video for ‘Die With You’ On Ninth Wedding Anniversary to Jay Z"

Beyoncé Releases a New Video for ‘Die With You’ On Ninth Wedding Anniversary to Jay Z

shutterstock_278838242 Every time it seems we’ve reached peak Beyoncé, Beyoncé goes and out-Beyoncés herself. She’s become increasingly active on social media, and today, she dropped a new music video for her song “Die With You.” Currently, it’s streaming on Tidal, but some of it is available on her Instagram as well:

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The video shows moments between Jay Z and Beyoncé, as well as footage of their life with daughter Blue Ivy Carter. At the end, Blue Ivy kisses her mother’s belly, which currently holds her future siblings. Predictably, her fans are going nuts. One commenter on her Instagram wrote, “Brb. crying.” Another said, “The best relationship in the world award goes to Jay Z and Beyoncé.” A third wrote, “Just dropped my laptop because I rushed so fast to download Continue reading "Beyoncé Releases a New Video for ‘Die With You’ On Ninth Wedding Anniversary to Jay Z"

Watch These Adorable Toddlers Act Out a Scene From Frozen

Anna and Elsa, step aside. There are new sisters in town, and they’re taking over the Internet. Maddie and Scarlett are two-year-old twins and they know and love Frozen more than you do. Colleen Jordan, their mom, shared this adorable video of her daughters acting out their favorite scene, and it’s gone viral. We’re not sure how they decided who gets to be who, but one of the girls plays Anna, the other is Elsa, and shot for shot the whole thing is pretty spot on including some convincing fake sleeping and imaginary snowball throwing. According to ABC, the video was posted on March 27th and has been seen more than 42 million times since. It’s pretty much the cutest thing we’ve ever seen. Watch above, via ABC. [featured image via]

WATCH: Schwarzenegger Mocks Trump’s Approval Ratings: ‘Who is Advising You?’

schwarzenegger Hollywood actor and former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger took to Twitter early Tuesday morning with a message of mockery and advice for President Donald Trump. “Oh Donald, the ratings are in, and you got swamped. Now you’re in the 30s,” said Schwarzenegger jeering at the president’s poll numbers. “But what do you expect, I mean to take away after school programs for children and Meals on Wheels for the poor people. That’s not what you call making American great again, come on. I mean, who is advising you?” The terminator then offered Trump some unsolicited advice. “Go to a middle school, the Hart Middle School, right in Washington, six miles away from the White House, I’ll take you there, Continue reading "WATCH: Schwarzenegger Mocks Trump’s Approval Ratings: ‘Who is Advising You?’"

Upcoming Trainings and Courses: March 21 Edition

Each week, MediaShift will list upcoming online trainings and courses for journalists and media people – with a focus on digital training. We’ll include our DigitalEd courses, as well as those from Mediabistro, NewsU, and others. If we’re missing anything, or you’d like to pay to promote your training in the “featured training” spot of our weekly post, please contact Mark Glaser at mark [at] mediashift [dot] org. Any non-MediaShift courses in the “featured training” slot are paid placements. Note: Course and training descriptions are excerpts, edited for length and clarity.

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Facebook Live for Journalists
In the changing world of social media, Facebook Live is the new big thing. Facebook’s own algorithm favors this live element, drawing more viewers and followers to your page. But, how can journalists use it effectively to get past the “gimmick” idea and make it something useful for viewers and for journalists? Continue reading "Upcoming Trainings and Courses: March 21 Edition"