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Apr. 15th Appumentary: a term you should know, an example you should check out

TAKEAWAY: When Joe Zeff spoke to my Columbia University class a few weeks ago, he mentioned the term appumentary in the midst of his presentation.  Students were on alert, and so was I. What an apt way to describe the style of storytelling that involves the app and the documentary. Now he shows us what an appumentary is.

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Apr. 14th Type attacks can come to rescue of that front page

‚ÄčTAKEAWAY: I have always been a fan of using what I call “type attacks” as an option when photos and illustrations are not available.  From time to time even a type attack appears on a front page, as happened this past week at Aftenposten of Norway.

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Apr. 13th Last Week Tonight: more than a satire?

TAKEAWAY: Talk about frequency of publication! A new HBO show promises to cover breaking news once a week, on Sundays. Are they on to something?

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Apr. 10th The iPad turns 4: Five lessons we have learned

TAKEAWAY: It seems only yesterday that the first iPad became available, generating unparalleled media interest and long lines at every Apple store in the US.  Now the iPad is four years old. What has transpired? What have we learned?

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Apr. 9th Multimedia storytelling: don’t overdo bells and whistles

TAKEAWAY: When producing a multimedia story, practice the role of curation to avoid unnecessary bells and whistles.

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Apr. 8th How should students present their work?

TAKEAWAY: Is it all digital when it comes to students presenting their portfolios at a job interview? It seems that way.

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Apr. 7th Native advertising and recruiting those needed storytellers

TAKEAWAY: So, it is the renaissance of brand storytelling and the techniques of multimedia storytelling come to the rescue.

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Apr. 6th When an illustration is what the story calls for…...

TAKEAWAY: Sometimes it is an illustration that best presents the subject visually.  This week, the Gulf News previews the Indian elections with some first rate illustrations of the candidates.

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Apr. 3rd Aftenposten rethink one week later: and the readers like it!

TAKEAWAY: A week ago Norway’s Aftenposten introduced several changes, including in its design, but also a new approach to covering news across the platforms of the media quartet. We revisit Aftenposten.

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Apr. 2nd A case for the slowing down of news

TAKEAWAY: Slow down the news? Who would even think about it in the era of 24/7 breaking news and updates? Well, two students at London’s City University think it is the next best thing.

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Apr. 1st Could this be the return of Garamond?

TAKEAWAY: A 14-year-old middle high school student proposes a change of font for the government—-with considerable savings as a result. Could this be the return of Garamond?

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Mar. 31st Smartwatches don’t do it—-yet—-for the Swiss

TAKEAWAY: It’s the next platform, depending on who you listen to: smartwatches that will do more than tell time. But, those watch-savvy Swiss are not convinced they like them.

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Mar. 30th What makes for a great news website?

TAKEAWAY: Here are five determinants of what constitutes a great news website.

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Mar. 28th Norway’s Aftenposten: the rethink of those weekend editions

TAKEAWAY: Norway’s Aftenposten premiered its new rethink this week, and today the first of the weekend editions appears. We take a look!

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Mar. 26th Norway’s Aftenposten: a total rethink for the digital age

TAKEAWAY:  The 154-year-old Norwegian daily, Aftenposten, embraces a new philosophy to remain vibrant and essential in a digital world.

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