Being able to tell stories visually is a key skill for multiplatform journalists. This video, made for students on the MA journalism courses at Birmingham City University, explains a range of visual techniques that factual storytellers are using, from image composition to gifs and memes, as well as some tools that can help you make your own visuals.
The media’s reaction to David Bowie‘s death from cancer early this morning demonstrates just how widely curation has become in journalism practice – and specifically, how it has become the web native version of the obituary. Below I’ve done a bit of curation of my own: 8 13 16 ways that different publications used curation to mark the death of a legend. If you have seen others, please let me know.
1. Liveblogging curation
The Telegraph’s live reporting of Bowie’s death is an example of curation itself, incorporating just some of the following elements:
- The Facebook update of the statement confirming Bowie’s death
- Embedded tweets from key figures reacting to the death
- A video playlist
- A single video of his last single, along with other videos to illustrate reactions
- A posting from Bowie’s official Instagram account
The internet has opened up all sorts of creative possibilities for journalists – and artists. The following is just a selection of examples of both – but which is journalism, and which is art?