The Daily Blog

By Mario R. García on Jan 28, 2015

The story first philosophy is the way to go

In a recent interview with Germany's Spiegel, Dean Baquet, executive editor of The New York Times, made it clear that in his newsroom, it is the story first, and then an analysis of how that story will be presented in various platforms, including print. Amen to that.

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By Mario R. García on Jan 27, 2015

The Blizzard in the front pages

It has been called a "monster" storm, and, as we now know, all that heavy snow that was predicted for New York City, did not make it to the city at all.  But these front pages from New York and New Jersey prepared readers for the worst. Take a look.

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By Mario R. García on Jan 26, 2015

Add virtual reality to your bag of storytelling techniques

Storytelling just became more interested---and engaging.  Don't just take your audience to the scene of the story, but also inmerse them into it, as in face to face with the story's protagonists. Welcome to the world of virtual reality and its role in journalism.

Tags: virtual reality

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By Mario R. García on Jan 25, 2015

The new second front page

At Spain's ABC daily newspaper, an interesting concept where there is one up front page one, followed by a more traditional Page One which is actually Page Two. The art director explains the philosophy behind it.

Tags: design, newspapers, Spain

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By Mario R. García on Jan 22, 2015

Gulf News of Dubai gets Guantanamo exclusive

Dubai's Gulf News becomes the first Middle East newspaper to be allowed into the Guantanamo jail.  The result? A multimedia story across platforms that includes interviews, photo galleries, audio and video.

Tags: multimedia, media quartet, Dubai, Gulf News

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By Mario R. García on Jan 21, 2015

Training the next generation of mobile journalists

It is the first day of our Multiplatform Design & Storytelling class for the Spring 2015 today.  It's all about training a new generation of editors---or, should I say, mobile editors?

Tags: Columbia Journalism School, design, Reed Reibstein, USA, Circa, Columbia Journalism Review (CJR), TIME

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By Mario R. García on Jan 20, 2015

Suddenly: the media quintet is a closer reality

I am delighted to announce my involvement with two students from Arhus (Denmark) University as they embark on a project to explore the potential for news publishers involving smart watches.  The media quintet in rehearsal!

Tags: design, Media quintet, Smartwatches, Arhus University, Denmark, Denmark

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By Mario R. García on Jan 19, 2015

The less than daily printed product: is this the year for take off?

I am not shy about stating it: the day will come when there will not be a printed newspaper delivered Monday-Friday. A robust weekend printed product chock full of inserts and lean back reads will allow readers to disconnect from their digital platforms.

Tags: frequency, multimedia, newspapers, print, USA

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By Mario R. García on Jan 18, 2015

Editing your impulses when creating a new product

It's difficult sometimes for those of us creating a new product not to get too ambitious in our efforts to create something different. When is different NOT so important? An article reminds us about creative excesses.

Tags: design, usability, media quartet, Medium

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