This Masterclass area is designed to complement the print and ebook versions of the 2nd edition of Multimedia Journalism.

Masterclasses will focus on new developments in journalism – new ways of doing things, new software or hardware that we can use in our work.

Masterclasses will contain detailed, up-to-the-minute video and text tuition, information, analysis and views – as appropriate to the particular subject – from the author and/or experts in the particular fields covered.

Please note that, as they are intended to build on tuition contained in the textbook, they will assume a knowledge of the material contained there.

As new masterclasses go live they will be linked to below:

Masterclass 1 Data Journalism: new practical projects

A new range of data journalism projects, with step-by-step instructions to completing them.

The tuition builds on the demonstrations and  examples given in Chapter 13 of Multimedia Journalism.

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Masterclass 2: How to write for Buzzfeed, the art of listicals

A practical demonstration of how to create features in the listical style used widely on new journalism platforms such as Buzzfeed.

This tuition updates and builds on material covered in Chapter 17 of MMJ

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Masterclass 3: The journalism of now. Using Snapchat and Periscope for reporting

Snapchat and Periscope are among the new social platforms that traditional media groups are experimenting with.

We’ll look at the benefits publishing on them can bring to you and your journalism, and offer detailed tuition in their use.

This tuition builds on what we covered in Chapters 3, 6 and 9 of MMJ, and applies lessons learned there in relation to other platforms to Snapchat.

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Masterclass 4: Creating a mashed-up RSS feed of news or information 
This tuition explores ChimpFeedr. ChimpFeedr lets you add a series of individual RSS feed urls to a list, and then – at the click of a button – it generates a new RSS feed which combines all the posts going to those individual feeds in your original list. It’s a great way to create a news feed from a wide range of sources which you can then republish. 

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Masterclass 5: How to bring gaming into your reporting and compete with Candycrush

We’re not talking about games for diversion in this tuition, but rather games that are part of the news offering of a media company.
The idea is that games serve to illustrate the impact of given events or actions much more powerfully than if a story is told through text and other media that do not directly involve the reader.
Gamifying a news story enables readers to interact with the information presented, entering into the story, exploring it and discovering its complexities.

Masterclass 6: Road-testing Prowly – a new publishing platform for brand (and traditional) journalism

Prowly is a publishing platform that combines a very simple set-up, design and publishing process with a good deal of guidance and tuition in how to optimise your content’s appeal to your target audience.

Prowly was conceived as a brand journalism platform, but to my mind it works just as well for a traditional publisher.

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Masterclass 7: How to publish with Apple News Publisher, Facebook Instant Articles, Google AMP, Medium and Bloom.

Since Multimedia Journalism edition two launched in October 2015, a whole raft of new news-publishing opportunities have come onto the market.

They include offerings from the big players – Apple, Facebook and Google – plus some from lesser known ones.

All are designed to make the mobile web work better, and to help publishers take advantage of much faster page loading speeds, a much better user experience, great design, and far greater reach.

So, as a student journalist, should you be publishing on one or more of these platforms? And, if you should, how do you go about getting your content on them?

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