Note: You can use any story tools you like to publish your story. These are a few that past students have used.
What most students end up using: Atavist/Creatavist. Exports to web, e-readers, the Creatavist app, or your own app (with upgrade).
- Examples: The Beatles Invasion, Soon there will be no more survivors, Zombie underworld, Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting
- MCOM 407 examples, Fall 2015: Heroin in Harford County, More than just a pearl, Creating new lives in Baltimore, Millennial entrepreneur overcomes obstacles, Behind statistical bars. Spring 2014: Baltimore Viewfinders, Occupy Protesters, Downtown Bike Network. Fall 2014: Study Steroids, Raising the Standards, Baltimore: Working its way off the hunger map.
- Lab exercise: Setup an account and create a dummy story on Atavist using any text or photos you like. Demonstrate the platform to the class, being sure to include the “sections” feature
- Lab exercise 2: If there’s time, examine the other publishing platforms, and give a brief overview of their advantages and disadvantages:
- SoundCloud: Upload audio
- Lab exercise: Use Atavist to demonstrate SoundCloud. Bonus: can you figure out how to use the SoundCloud embed code in picture captions? If so, create a photo gallery with SoundCloud embeds in each caption.
- Projeqt, audio, video and real-time inserts into stories
- Timeline JS, Google spreadsheet based timeline builder
- Setup an account and create a dummy timeline on Timeline JS, using any text or photos you like.
- Examples: Baltimore Civil Rights Heritage spreadsheet & map, vehicle towing
- Isotope: Using spreadsheet data, creates an interactive data infographic that can resort itself. Examples: Top Payouts, O’s Home Openers
- BatchGeo, Using spreadsheet data, makes a quick (but not fully customizable) map.
- Google Fusion: Advanced Google sheets, with customizable mapping options. Story examples with “how it was done” links.
- Other database map apps: MapInSeconds
- Lab exercise: Create a BatchGeo map to demonstrate to the class. Also, show the class examples of Isotope data interactions and Fusion maps.
- Professional example: Baltimore Homicides 2015, data visualizations
- Lab exercise 1: Setup an account and create a dummy graphic on infogr.am using any text or data you like. Demonstrate the platform to the class.
- Lab exercise 2: Assign one of your group members to compare the remaining infographic tools. What are the main advantages and disadvantages to each? Be sure to search for “infographic generator” on Google. Are there other sites we should list here?
- StoryMap makes a map based on an image
- Thinglink makes an image interactive
- Juxtapose compares two images side-by-side
- Lab exercise: Using examples that you find or create, demonstrate to the class how StoryMap, ThinkLink or Justapose could be used in our stories.
Free, licensed images
- Use the Creative Commons Search to find images licensed for use. Be sure to understand the license types and comply with best practices for license attributions.
- Lab exercise: use the search to find images on Flikr, Google and at least one other site. Look up the licensing requirements and explain to students how to correctly credit each image to comply with licensing regulations.
Browser & device emulators