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Charles Blouin-Gascon

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Scribble Chat round-up: Protests and real-time

While the profession of journalism is reinventing itself seemingly in real-time, the importance of covering protests remains just as true now as it did 50 years ago. Protests represent one of the best cases for live coverage as they’re events that unfold in real-time and that have a clear human-interest angle. Read more…

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Scribble Chat round-up: Conferences and Trade Shows

Conferences and trade shows are a great setting for real-time updates—they have a beginning, a middle and an end, as well as an audience in attendance. It’s a great opportunity for clients to showcase their storytelling skills, and having a live component can bring an interactive edge to a conference or Read more…

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Best Practices

Scribble Chat round-up: Small town and hyperlocal reporting

They may not always create the splashiest headlines, but news breaks everywhere– even in smaller towns. And more and more, the media industry is changing and journalists are asked to do more with less. How do these smaller publications stay relevant? They’ve been turning to newer technologies and embracing new Read more…

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ScribbleLive Spotlight: US Election Day 2013

As it happens every year on the Tuesday following the first Monday of November—Americans headed to the polls for Election Day. A number of newsrooms used ScribbleLive to give their audiences the latest updates on the different races. Here are a few of the highlights. Al Jazeera America  It can Read more…

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Beat by beat: Covering a medical conference in real-time

It’s 7:00 a.m., and I have two laptops in front of me. Google Chrome is open on both computers, and I write in French on one and English on the other. I’m searching for interesting posts on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube using the ScribbleLive back end, and integrating all Read more…

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Scribble Chat round-up: A real-time classroom

With journalism reinventing itself seemingly in real time, how do journalism students keep up in classrooms? How much have they, and their classrooms, embraced the shift to real time? For this week’s Scribble Chat on the challenges of including real-time reporting in the classroom, we spoke to one current journalism Read more…

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Tech alert: Vizify

We live in a time where every second counts and there’s only one chance at a first impression. But what if you could see how you appear to others and actually change your image, thereby making a second or even third impression. This seems impossible in our world of social Read more…

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Tech alert: Visual.ly-pleasing animations

Maybe it’s because of its name that Visual.ly seems best positioned to help clients tell their story—because with just their name, they themselves manage to tell their entire story. The platform brings stories to life…visually! Visual.ly describes itself on its website as “a one-stop shop for the creation of data Read more…

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Tech alert: ScraperWiki

If a dog is a man’s best friend, then ScraperWiki may be a journalist’s. The folks at International Journalists’ Network have explained the changes that the platform has recently undergone, the platform now making it easier than ever to get, clean, analyze and visualize data.   There are many ways to illustrate data Read more…

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Tech alert: twXploring Twitter

There are currently over 550 million registered users on Twitter, with 135,000 new ones signing up for the service every day, according to numbers from Static Brain. An average day sees 58 million tweets published—the key here is to find the ones relevant to you. How do you sift through Read more…

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Tech alert: Many Eyes on data visualization

If you’re a reporter, you have likely heard the phrase “Doing more with less” from your editor. In the newsrooms of 2013 there tend to be fewer resources, and reporters still have to know how to run social media accounts, write stories for web/print, create videos, make graphics—the list goes Read more…

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Tech alert: Wolfram|Alpha

Think fast: when is Harry Potter‘s birthday? You may know that the wizard first came to our collective consciousness in 1997 (for the books) and in 2001 (for the movies) — but what day was the character actually born? Enter Wolfram|Alpha. Essentially, Wolfram|Alpha is a vast library of knowledge– from static results Read more…

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