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Engaging with video journalism on the web is no longer about tilting your laptop screen just so, leaning back with a bowl of crunchy, salty kernels, and perhaps sharing the odd link. Now, with Popcorn Maker 1.0, anyone can remix and add context to videos from YouTube and Vimeo by integrating elements from the web such as Tweets, Google maps and images.

Launched at Mozilla's 'Mozfest' meeting in London last weekend, Popcorn Maker 1.0 is a free, open source web app that requires neither video editing nor coding abilities to operate. By making it dead simple to mash up, augment and share digital video, it holds the potential to change the way journalists, bloggers and the people formerly known as the audience practice and perceive online video journalism, further distinguishing it from the one-directional experience that is television.


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Emma Knight


2012-11-13 15:59

"Thank God we've moved away from the time when you think you can just put television online," said David Hayward, head of the journalism programme at the BBC College of Journalism, opening a session on online video at news:rewired in London on Friday.

John Domokos, video producer at the Guardian, elaborated on this sentiment, explaining that a newspaper can't hope to beat TV for the polished version of a story, thoroughly edited with a highly-structured narrative, so it is better to focus on what it can do that is different and complementary. He often adopts a "microcosm" approach, aiming to create a three or four minute film that gives viewers a window onto a specific world.

This works particularly well with stories that focus on a community, he explained, such as the Birmingham riots in the UK last summer. It's easier to gain the community's trust if you are just one man with a camera, rather than a whole TV crew, he said, and if you can get close to the characters you don't need too much movement and visual drama to create something compelling.


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Emma Goodman


2012-02-06 17:46

"'I'm learning to code' is the new 'I'm working on a novel.'"

So tweeted, Roy Bahat, head of IGN last Wednesday. If it's true, then the Mozilla Festival 2011, which ended yesterday is the new literary event of the year. It's writers are prolific: in just 48 hours they've churned out a data journalism handbook, to be published next week.

The event set participants design challenges to do in real time with relevance to the three core themes: media, freedom and the web. As the website puts it "this is one of the largest hackjams you'll ever see".

So what came out?

First and foremost, the handbook. Liliana Bounegru from European Journalism Centre [EJC], who leads the projects, explains in a YouTube interview that the purpose of the handbook is to give reporters who are beginning to work in data journalism "a starting point".

"There are a lot of useful resources on the web," she said, "but they are all scattered in different places. So what we're trying to do is put everything together and have a comprehensive step-to-step guide".


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Hannah Vinter


2011-11-07 19:11

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