I write about digital strategies for journalists at Poynter.org and various media topics on the Digital Journalism & Design blog. I’ve also published a few academic papers focused on instructional design and my research into online learning environments.

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What journalists need to know about Web design

Visitors can form strong, long-lasting impressions about your news or information website not based on the quality of your content but on how your work has been designed. This article presents seven ways to make a great design.

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4 Tripod Alternatives for Video Storytellers

Tripods are a common video accessory, but they're also bulky and expensive. This piece reviews alternative ways to capture steady shots.

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What journalists need to know about responsive design: tips, takeaways & best practices

This a comprehensive primer on responsive design — the technology used to account for different devices without requiring different sites.

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10 tips for using audio more effectively in multimedia stories

Sound can make or break a multimedia production, whether it’s an audio slideshow, a documentary video or an interactive narrative. This article explores how.

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5 keys for using jQuery and other JavaScript libraries to build sophisticated websites

JavaScript libraries have made it easier than ever to add interactivity and sophisticated interface effects to our websites.

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8 APIs your news organization should start using today

If your news site isn’t using APIs, you’re missing out. APIs represent one of the fastest and most effective ways to enhance the quality of your site.

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9 key elements that can help journalists be better video storytellers

Video stories, whether features, spot news or documentaries, tend to rely on the same set of elements to inform and engage viewers.

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How HTML Really Works

20-plus years after its invention, HTML remains a vital technology. It’s the backbone of just about every website, and gobs of HTML float behind emails, mobile apps and other online communications.

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How journalists can improve video stories with shot sequences

Good video stories need strong individual shots. Great video stories present those shots in a sequence that complements the parts and creates a much greater whole.

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How journalists can use selectors to harness the power of CSS

Along with HTML and JavaScript, CSS forms the foundation of the open Web.

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How Learning to Program Can Make You a Better Writer

Coding and writing -- especially journalistic writing -- have more in common than you might think. This article offers six ways these seemingly distinct skills are complementary.

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How learning to program can make you a better writer

Perhaps you’ve considered learning how to program. The benefits are enticing. You could create complex visualizations, process reams of public data from your local municipality or even create a Carlos Danger Name Generator.

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How wireframing can help journalists plan & communicate ideas

Among the technology-based skills worth journalists’ consideration, wireframing merits a closer look.

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In Search of What Google Doesn’t Know

Am I really informed if I’m only seeing what I think to search for, what Google has deemed I’m interested in knowing, what’s been captured in 1’s and 0’s?

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Joining the Conversation to Build Audience

One of the topics we’re considering this semester in Introduction to Blogging, an undergraduate course at USF St. Petersburg, is how to attract and maintain an audience.

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Ripple, Roll, Slip & Slide: Editing Tips for Video Storytellers

Editing video is a process of refinement. Like sculptors, we begin with a block of raw material. It resembles what we hope to create, but only in essence.

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What journalists need to know about digital video editing

Digital camcorders, DSLRs and digital audio recorders have revolutionized video production. It’s now possible to get higher quality footage for less money than ever before.

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What journalists need to know about interviewing for video

Interviews are a cornerstone of video storytelling because they provide emotion, content and structure, especially in documentary-style stories with little or no narration. Good interviews make for good videos.

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What journalists need to know about the difference between Web apps and native apps

Apps rule the mobile world. But there's more than one way to build and deliver these mobile experiences. This article outlines the differences between native and Web apps.