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About dbward

Doug Ward is an associate professor of journalism at the University of Kansas.

On hiatus …

I have been engaged in other projects, so I haven’t been updating Journalism Tech regularly. You will still find many useful tools on the site, but unfortunately you will also find broken links and tools that have been discontinued. You … Continue reading

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11 easy-to-use tools for creating great web content

At a presentation I gave today for the staff of The University Daily Kansan, a student asked what I thought was the the most important tool was for creating stories for the web. My answer was simple: a smartphone. When … Continue reading

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The basics of writing for mobile

BBC Academy offers a useful introductory guide to writing for mobile. It includes these tips: Make every word count. Remember SEO, especially in the headline. Make sure the lead gets to the point of the story. Tell the story in … Continue reading

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What do you need next? The computer knows.

 

 

 

 

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The banana phone gets a gloved makeover

I thought this was a joke when I saw it on Daily Steals. Alas, it’s real. This glove is wired, with a microphone in the pinkie and a speaker in the thumb. Just pair the glove with the Bluetooth on … Continue reading

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Dear, Microsoft: This is a joke, right?

It’s sometimes hard to tell when Microsoft is joking. On April Fool’s Day 2012, the company published a tongue-in-cheek post saying that it would return to its “monochromatic roots” with an updated interface for SkyDrive, its online storage service. SkyDrive, … Continue reading

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Three digital tools offer free trials

If you’d like to give some new software a free whirl, here are three great opportunities. Scapple for Windows Literature and Latte, the maker of Scrivener, has released a beta version of a Windows program called Scapple. Scapple is desktop … Continue reading

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Narrable: A new service for creating audio slideshows

A new website called Narrable offers some interesting possibilities for storytelling. Narrable is an online service that allows you to load photographs into a horizontal slider and then add voice narration to each photo. Viewers can scroll through the photos … Continue reading

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Two experiments in using a tablet as a laptop

Laptops and tablets have started to merge, though there are still significant differences. Laptops offer more memory, hard drive, processing power and screen than tablets, and only a Windows tablet runs full-fledged PC software. If you use an iPad or … Continue reading

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Social media resources: Tumblr

Articles and how-to guides related to Tumblr. A journalist’s guide to using Tumblr A helpful beginner’s resource from Taylor Miller Thomas of the Poynter Institute.

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