The Daily Blog

By Mario R. García on May 22, 2015

Millennials: perhaps they are more like us than we think

Mention millennials and workshop attendees perk up and pay special attention: everyone in the media business wants to cultivate millennials, find out more about what they like and offer it pronto.  Learning about millennials offers some surprises, but not many.

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By Mario R. García on May 21, 2015

Musings as a new generation of journalists enters the profession

It was an impressive, traditional graduation ceremony at Columbia University Wednesday.  Thousands of smiling students, attired in their sky blue caps and gowns, in a processional under nice blue New York City skies, the future ahead of them.  For our School of Journalism graduates, bluer than blue skies in a profession that many consider to be experiencing cloudy weather.

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By Mario R. García on May 20, 2015

Apple Watch and legibility

Eyes on the wrist don't lie: when it comes to reading text on the Apple Watch, we begin to see patterns of what works and what may not.

Tags: Smartwatches, The Guardian, The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Today

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By Mario R. García on May 19, 2015

For the sake of the keepsake

No doubt about it: when it comes to the one platform of the media quintet that one can keep forever tucked away in a drawer or in a photo album (does anyone have one of those anymore?), it is print.  Now you can take the best of your social media obsessions to print. Bravo. Good idea.

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By Mario R. García on May 17, 2015

Apple Watch and news curation: capturing the moment

I continue to be an avid and curious student of how news moves on my wrist via the Apple Watch.  Here is what the Saturday 9:15 a.m. edition pulsated with.

Tags: the craft, Apple Watch, Smartwatches, The Guardian, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, USA Today

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By Mario R. García on May 15, 2015

Multimedia Design & Storytelling: Students’ Final Projects

It is the end of the semester and I am very proud to present the work of students in my Columbia University School of Journalism course: Multimedia Design & Storytelling. Take a look.

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By Mario R. García on May 13, 2015

My Apple Watch, the news and me: four days later

The question that comes to mind is: where, oh, where, were you, Apple Watch, the last few years of my life.  Reflections of an Apple Watch user and news junky.

Tags: Smartwatches, The Guardian, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today

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By Mario R. García on May 12, 2015

Beyond multimedia, it is multi segment storytelling

What a surprise to turn to this New York Times story while reading in my iPad  about the prospects of presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, only to find out that, indeed, it had been treated differently. I was expecting a multimedia treatment. It was a multi segment approach. Works well.

Tags: storytelling, mobile, newspapers, USA, The New York Times

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By Mario R. García on May 12, 2015

A multi-platform initiative for McClatchy

After 16 months of workshops and training, our collaboration with The McClatchy Company is about to bear fruit with the launch of new print, responsive web, mobile app, and tablet app products in California—Sacramento, Modesto, Merced, and soon Fresno. This project, which involves the rethinking of all 29 of McClatchy's American dailies, including The Miami Herald, Kansas City Star, Raleigh's News & Observer, and Fort Worth's Star-Telegram, focuses on developing up-to-the-minute and in-depth storytelling for digital first, producing a stronger visual impact with more varied digital storytelling tools, and promoting video as a key medium.

Tags: two tempos, USA, McClatchy

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