As part of the UGA ONA group that attended the Online News Association conference in Atlanta this past week, we all covered a few sessions. I really enjoyed this one about new storytelling apps that are free and easy. Posting here for my benefit, but feel free to peruse and use as well.
Innovative Storytelling on a Shoestring #lowcosttools
11:45 am Friday
(Covered by Carolyn Crist)
Christopher Wink, Technically
Tiffany Shackelford, executive director of Association of Alternative Newsmedia
New ways to tell stories http://ona13.journalists.org/sessions/innovative-storytelling-on-a-shoestring/ … Tomorrow @tiffanyshack and I are sharing ideas for inspiration. Yours? #lowcosttools #ona13
@ONAConf Our list of Innovative Storytelling Ideas can be found here https://docs.google.com/a/aan.org/document/d/1rQCigt1un1Sad3fL2UDKsaDBM-QaklwD2HaX8pbPD7s/edit … Would love to hear more #lowcosttools #ONA13
We’re not going to talk about: citizen journalists, Knight Foundation money, highly technical examples
Crowdsourcing doesn’t have to suck. Partnerships can work.
#1 Partnerships — easily translated to waste of time
You can’t start with revenue.
WHYY Newsworks Philly NPR affiliate, going through budget mess — how many times can you write that story? Q&A with humor and trying to explain charter schools (use local comedian to promote her stuff but also explain their news in a funny way)
The Media Consortium, Assoc Alt News Media story about Plan B approved for OTC use
whereisyourplanb.com — WordPress site that pulls in past reporting about update
Graphic artist wanted publicity, instead get artist to cover conference and draw a Web comic about a startup event — different way to tell a story and later he became a paid freelancer for themTeresa Gorman @gteresa18 Oct
#2 Crowdsourcing — feels like making out with lot of people don’t know
Curating your community, not speaking to.
Embed strategy of tweets, instagram
#MyMadisonDay from Wisconsin paper, use hashtag to talk about their day, putting it together get a taste of the community, compelling look at mundane to interesting, been one of most popular stories
Wikipedia is largest crowdsourced site. Have a Wikipedia day and source yourself because it’ll tell stories in new way, why not share what you’ve been doing.
#3 Technology — VCR? 🙂 Doesn’t have to suck or be intimidating.
infogr.am: Create interactive infographics.
visual.ly: More visual data content
ZooBurst — digital storytelling tool to create 3D pop-up book
Take off blinders. Look for ideas and tools outside of journalism. Look for ones dedicated to educators. Some are easier than ones for journalists.
Know why you’re trying to tell a story.
#4 Staff – Know what they do and use it.
Musicians, artists, infographics
Charleston City Paper — writer is blacksmith, took photos of his friends in crafting community
What about your people didn’t come on the resume?
#5 Formats — What is news, anyway?
NPR did Today in 1963. Live events that happened 50 years ago. Powerful and compelling experience and cost them nothing. What has happened in your community that you can do?
Annotated guide to 2011 – Washington City Paper
Alphabetized at top, blurbs of what happened, was popular and great way to wrap up year — know what happened in the year in 10 minutes, linked to old stories so use old work
Good way to encapsulate year: annotate it, like @wcp did: http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/articles/41870/guide-to-2011/ … #lowcosttools #ona13
#6 Evergreen — What about content that lasts? It could help with sponsorships!
By the numbers: How the Treasure Valley’s school district adds up
Go through public data and make long list of numbers
Boise, Idaho paper did graphics about school money spent on textbooks, gifted numbers, percent of students who take advanced math classes
The Road c-ville.com/the-bypass
Albemarle County’s three-decade fight over the Western Bypass, Charlottesville, VA bypass
(partnered with small technology shop to do Snowfall-like scrolling page and maps and more)
Disclosures are important if you help organize a city council hearing or introduce a weeklong event and then cover it — Technical.ly Baltimore Innovation Week
Long island Press — special report Ripple Effect
cool presentation and storytelling but then no one looked at it, bar listings more popular
Sometimes when you’re trying to do a story on broccoli, it’s just broccoli.