Media Insider: Design Advice for Writers, Funding for Innovations in Journalism and This Week’s Media Moves

Welcome to Media Insider, PR Newswire’s round up of journalism, blogging and freelancing stories from the week.

Telling stories visually: 5 designers and their advice for writers (Poynter)

Elite Truong, the author of this piece, asked several design leaders for their advice on how to tell a story visually. “There is intentional design in all of the structures in our stories,” she writes “and on the surface and in the structure is the visual design, to be consumed by the reader.” This is a great quick read for writers looking to implement more design techniques that could ultimately strengthen a story’s presentation.

Sunlight Foundation, Melody Kramer, and 20 other media/tech projects get Knight Prototype Funds (Nieman Journalism Lab)

The Knight Foundation, an organization that promotes innovation in journalism, is providing $770,000 to 22 promising “media and technology projects” with the help of the Prototype Fund. Each individual project will receive $35,000 to use to test and build their prototype. Many of these projects focus on data accessibility. Others are exploring new and better ways for journalists to do their job. For example, one aims to help the media reach out to audiences, another attempts to “preserve and protect free speech online through software,” and a third wants to help journalists implement “virtual reality content into their storytelling.” The outline of the projects offers some fantastic insight into the future of journalism and media.

Tips for Student Media Covering This Week’s GOP Presidential Primary Debate (College Media Matters)

With the first GOP presidential primary debate taking place last night and many others soon to follow, a writer at College Media Matters tweeted this question: “For student media that want to dive in, any tips/thoughts on creative ways to cover it? #collegemedia.” This tweet received quite a few replies and included suggestions for how to live tweet the debate, how to do a student poll and how to find a way of localizing it. The advice presented is helpful for college students as well as professional journalists covering these debates, too.

How 5 News Outlets are Finding Success with Podcasts (

As previously mentioned, the podcast is currently in the midst of its heyday. Featured here are 5 news organizations, including Buzzfeed and the BBC, that are currently implementing podcasts to broaden their storytelling. Podcasters also share their unique approaches to the popular medium.

Media Moves for the Week of August 3 (PR Newswire’s Media Moves)

Media Moves keeps you up to date with who went where in the world of media. This week’s edition includes an employee shake-up at Gawker, new hires for The Atlantic, and two editorial additions at Politico.

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Stephanie de Ruiter is an audience researcher with PR Newswire keeping up with media moves throughout the nation with a focus on blogs and online publications.

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