Class 3: Visual tools for web reporters

Hiya Class!

image courtesy of photography-colleges.org

Today we’ll be talking about all things IMG.

Image editing, data visualization and basic photography are the name of the game.

We’ll be discussing things like layout, royalties, and effective image selection for online news.

You’ll be learning:

How to source royalty-free images
How to upload photos and share with Flickr
How to take decent photos
How to import and resize raw images in Photoshop
How to crop, clean and format photos
How to embed original images into your blog post
How to use web-based image editors like Picnik, Photoshop Express (and others) on the fly
Where to host your image files and the difference between “hot linking” and self hosting.

You’ll be creating:

Your very own flickr account and first photoset
A Vuvox slide show
A new avatar for your blog and Twitter profile
A blog post featuring some of your work from today

Data Visualization:

Data Visualization is a method of presenting information in a graphical form. Good data visualization should appear as if it is a work of art. This intrigues the viewer and draws them in so that they can further investigate the data and info that the graphic represents. In this post there are 15 stunning examples of Data Visualization that are true works of art.

“Representing large amounts of disparate information in a visual form often allows you to see patterns that would otherwise be buried in vast, unconnected data sets. … Visualizations allow you to understand and process enormous amounts of information quickly because it is all represented in a single image or animation.”

Examples: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/americas/september-11/twitters-influence-on-the-arab-spring/article2135272/

http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/datablog/2011/sep/29/adoption-statistics-england

Additional reading: Journalism in the age of Data

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