Tool for Easily Creating Videos

Journalism.co.uk has a writeup on Replay, which lets journalists create videos easily. “Making a Replay video is simple and takes only a couple of minutes. Once you open the app, you can select up to 200 images and video clips of any duration from your camera roll or import media from Facebook or Instagram.” This app isn’t free, but it’s a lot cheaper than something like Animoto.

Using Instagram for Longform Journalism

Can WIRED make Instagram journalism mainstream? “In early November, Wired became the first major publication to debut a longform story exclusively on Instagram.1 “Left Behind in a High-Speed World,” follows a man who teaches rural Mississippians about the value of being online. (Mississippi ranks last in the country for high-speed household Internet access.) The story was released as a series of 11 Instagram posts that combined stunning photography with long passages of text included in the captions.”

New Tool Helps Verify Photos

A new online tool helps you verify photos. “Verified Pixel runs tests on photos that can tell what camera was used, when and where and whether the image is original. It also can do a reverse image search and more. The verification takes a little over a minute to complete.”

Quartz to Open-Source Two Mapping Tools

Quartz is going to open-source two of its mapping tools. “News outlet Quartz is developing a searchable database of compiled map data from all over the world, and a tool to help journalists visualise this data. The database, called Mapquery, received $35,000 (£22,900) from the Knight Foundation Prototype Fund on 3 November.”

Banjo Discovery Free for Journalists

Banjo Discovery is being offered to journalists for free. “Since launching, Banjo has mapped the earth, recording what each location looks like on social media on a usual day, and built a technology that can alert users to any changes in this activity, such as a flurry of posts about a breaking news event.”

NYT Makes 50 Pieces Available

The New York Times has made 50 of its best pieces of journalism free to read. “The articles, op-eds and videos were selected by masthead editors and represent a tribute to the work enabled and sustained by digital subscribers, said Clifford Levy, an assistant masthead editor at The New York Times. The list runs 50 items and spans the breadth of the Times’ work, including foreign correspondence, opinion writing, cultural reporting and investigative journalism.”

The Washington Post Launches Instant Articles on Facebook

The Washington Post has launched Instant Articles on Facebook. “The Washington Post today became the first new partner to launch on Facebook’s Instant Articles platform. The Post will send 100% of its stories to Facebook so that all Washington Post content can be formatted as Instant Articles, giving readers a lightning-fast user experience for reading, sharing and commenting within the Facebook iOS app.”

Facebook Launches Signal for Journalists

Facebook has launched Signal for journalists. “The tool, which pulls from both Facebook and Instagram, allows journalists the opportunity ‘to make Facebook a more vital part of their news gathering with access to relevant trends, photos, videos, and posts on Facebook and Instagram for use in their storytelling and reporting’ according to a company blog post from Andy Mitchell, Director of Media Partnerships at Facebook.”

IPI Launches Database of Media Laws

The International Press Institute (IPI) has launched a new online media laws database. “The International Press Institute (IPI) today launched a new online database aimed at cataloguing legal provisions affecting freedom of the press and expression on a country-by-country basis. The initial roll-out of the database features detailed information on defamation laws, parsed into 12 searchable categories, for countries in the European Union and the Caribbean, building on IPI’s ongoing research, advocacy and training work on the topic in both regions.”

Journalists Can Now Broadcast Live From Facebook

This should get interesting: journalists can now broadcast live over Facebook. “Facebook said today that verified journalists, experts, and other ‘influencers’ will now be able to use its Mentions app—formerly available only to select celebrities. The app will allow journalists to post live to Facebook during breaking news, for behind-the-scenes reports, or to host live Q&As with followers, among other possibilities.”

Tool for Finding and Embedding Quotes from Video

Cool. A new tool lets you find and embed quotes from a video. “Once users upload a video to quickQuote (‘speeches, political debates, or interviews work best, but any video where people are talking, really,’ [Pietro] Passarelli told me), it uses a speech-to-text service’s API to generate a transcript alongside the video. As the video plays, the transcribed text will scroll to match the video — click on any word to be taken to that corresponding moment in the video, or search for key phrases like ‘immigration.’”

Knight News Challenge on Data Is Open

The Knight News Challenge on Data is underway. “Winners will receive a share of $3 million, and we’re seeking ideas from anyone—journalists, startups, civic hackers, academics, media organizations, nonprofits, governments, individuals and more. The challenge is intended to create opportunities to analyze, collect, present, interpret and share data to increase transparency, enhance privacy and security, and improve journalism and storytelling techniques.”

GitHub for Journalists

From Poynter: GitHub tutorials and resources for journalists. “Last year, Clay Shirky used GitHub as a way to report on Occupy Hong Kong. The platform allowed others on the scene to collaborate with Shirky as he reported his piece. What I admire about this approach is that it gave anyone the ability to clone and then modify Shirky’s document — but Shirky had final approval over whether to integrate those changes into the master document.”