5 Innovations That Changed The Way We Told Stories In 2015

It’s a busy time for journalism.

The Great Traffic Scramble is still going strong, and we’re all looking for the next big platform to help generate more engagement with our content.

The past year was an especially exciting one, with a slew of new apps and tools to help empower both publishers and the general public with their storytelling. With the advent of Periscope and Meerkat, the ongoing evolution of virtual reality and a host of new platforms to share news, the game really was changed in 2015.

Periscope and Meerkat

These two apps fundamentally changed the reporter’s basic toolkit. Live streaming video used to require a satellite truck, an expensive camera and a news network base of operations. Now anybody can stream video from their phones, and as Periscope and Meerkat grow in popularity, anyone can be a reporter or a star.

With Periscope — which Twitter acquired this year for about $100 million — users are already capturing crimes; broadcasting, uh… crimes; and giving all their followers exclusive access to press events. The apps are poised to change the presidential race, as candidates will be expected to live stream every minute of their campaigns.

Meanwhile, big companies are using live-stream apps to tease products, and the business side is scrambling to capitalize on the “social currency” of live events, Digiday reports.

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Snapchat’s ‘Discover’ feature

We were super hyped about Snapchat’s news feature when it launched in January. Discover, as the feature is known, essentially gives news organizations their front pages back, allowing editors and reporters to choose the stories they think are most important to put in front of readers, as opposed to Facebook algorithms deciding what’s important based —> Read More