3D Mobile Scanning: The Future Awaits

I had an idea, based on some hybrid in my brain of the knowledge from this Emerging Media Platforms class and the love I developed for data journalism and infographics in a previous course, that 3D, interactive scene recreations could find a place in journalism, even breaking-news journalism. So, I bought myself a 3D scanner…

Looking to the Future

It’s hard to believe, but we’ve reached the point in this course, and in the entire graduate program, where things are wrapping up and it’s time to look to the future. Of course, this entire program has been focused on the future, so I feel very well equipped to think about my future, and very…

Back to the Future

As this course winds down and we have learned about many new technologies that are being used in journalism today and lots of people who are innovating and finding new ways to tell stories, we turn our gaze once again to the future, and to possibilities that we can envision for journalism technology. As much…

It’s a Bird … It’s a Drone!

The word “drone” can bring up some complicated feelings among people these days. If you’re like me and you come from a military/government background, you picture the unmanned aerial vehicles that are used in military operations and have a generally negative reputation among the general public. If you’re into photography or videography, on the other…

The Power of Light: A Sensor Journalism Proposal

This week, I was very interested to learn about the different sensors that are available, and their potential for journalism. While they are definitely much less flashy than the other technology we’ve learned about, they’re much more versatile and have a lower entry point as far as price and accessibility. Sensors seem like a technology…

VR Story Pitch: Homeless Art

I saw this Washington Post article about the breakup of the Corcoran Gallery of Art and its College of Art & Design, which was a hugely political, divisive issue in D.C. and has resulted in a lot of lost jobs and art without a home as the issues get sorted out:¬†https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/museums/corcoran-breakup-deal-still-provokes-angry-feelings/2016/08/16/d6845300-581b-11e6-831d-0324760ca856_story.html?hpid=hp_local-news_corcoran-320pm%3Ahomepage%2Fstory Reading this, I immediately…

3-D Scanning: I Can Picture a Future for Data Journalism

I spent a little too much time this week trying to 3-D scan everyday objects (in my case, children’s toys) using the 123D Catch app. Using the app wasn’t the problem; waiting for the models to be generated was. Turns out the servers were backed up with lots of requests for models, leading to wait…

360 Video: Is it for everyone?

As a journalist who has recently discovered the wonders of video and has officially jumped on the “video is the future (and the future has arrived)” bandwagon, I am excited about the possibilities of 360 video. While virtual reality offers a world where any scene can be created and experienced, 360 video offers the chance…

Unity 3D: I could get paid to do this?

During our first demo of the Unity 3D software, my thought was, “This is like Minecraft for grownups.” All three of my kids play Minecraft, and they’re all much better at it than me. In fact, when they get stuck and ask me for help (only when my husband isn’t here and the situation is…

Disrupt Yourself Before you Wreck Yourself

I am lucky enough to be able to say that this is my second time studying at Newhouse in my career. The first time was when I was a member of the Military Photojournalism Program class of 2004-2005. At the time, I was way out of my league as an Army journalist without much formal…

Emerging Media: It’s Time to Embrace the Change

I’ll be the first to admit that I’ve never been at the forefront of technology trends, and I’ve often been reluctant to try new apps or products, simply because learning how to use all these new things can seem overwhelming. But reaching my mid-30s and going through the Master’s program with Newhouse has finally convinced…

WordPress – My Take

Having never used a blogging platform before, I think WordPress is a very intuitive, easy to use content management system. The layout of the dashboard makes it very clear how to add content, pages and posts, and how to change settings. The free themes include a lot of options, and the availability of premium themes…