This week is all about visuals. In Briggs’ chapter on visual storytelling, think about his advice and note the example experts he gives. Some of you have been incorporating visuals into your work from the start, and others have yet to do so. Regardless of your use of visuals so far, how might your blogs tell a story that is more visual than textual? Yes, photos are ONE possibility – what are others? Skim around this list and identify some options you might be able to apply to making your blogging more visual.
- Some of you are photographers. Many of you aren’t. Here’s a crash course on using a point-and-shoot camera for your blog (from Mindy McAdams’ excellent Journalists’ Toolkit)
- Photoblogs: These blog-like formats are focused on image sharing. Sites like Cake Wrecks hit big a few years back, but there are more serious efforts like the Boston Globe’s The Big Picture.
- Tumblr provides a resource for frictionless sharing of images and simple ways for fans to share and interact. Check out what was hot on Tumblr in 2016 – there’s some funny, weird trend information here, but you need to click around a bit (try the “year in review” link to get started – it’ll take a moment to load up).
- Free graphic tools are everywhere. Here are 10 good ones.
- Wolfram Alpha: Create an account and ask it a data-related question (e.g., “How long does it take to play Monopoly?“).
- Wordle: A simple tool for creating word clouds.
- This chart and image gallery provides more than 30 (!!!) free tools for visualizing data.
Sure, they’re short and silly, but journalists use them too. Is confining an idea to a seconds-long clip any stranger than limiting it to a 140-character tweet, or a six-second Vine?
- Poynter: What you need to know about GIFs
- Young Journalist Problems (just because you need this)
- MediaBistro: When (and when not) to animate.
Remember, your responses are due by 11:59 p.m. Sunday, March 6, as a comment to this post.