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Tools and resources for media development.

Training course for provincial broadcasters in Vietnam. Image by Media Helping Media released under Creative Commons

Strengthening broadcast journalism in Vietnam’s remotest regions

Provincial broadcasters in rural areas of Vietnam are sharing ideas in an effort to deal with declining audiences and to serve a generation that’s using smartphones more than TV.

screen grab of publicate.it

How to create landing pages the easy way

Imagine the scenario. Your journalists are working on an important story. They have loads of interactive features, video and images. You’d love to have a special report with a dedicated landing page pulling it all together, but you don’t have the resources or the expertise. Well, a site called Publicate might have solved the problem.

Picture created with Buffer Pablo using image by Media Helping Media released under Creative Commons

Free image tool for boosting retweets

According to Twitter, adding an image to a tweet from a verified user increases the likelihood of a retweet by 35%. A free tool helps you create related images in minutes.

Thinglink image by Hafawa Rebhi

Making images interactive and engaging

I’ve been experimenting with the free version of ThingLink, a tool for creating interactive assets which can be shared and embedded and which drive users deeper into a site.

Image courtesy of depone and released under Creative Commons

Free infographics feeding off live data

Rich infographics that used to require a skilled graphics artist, and which could take hours to create, can now be produced in minutes with free tools.

image of interview being recorded taken by Media Helping Media and released under Creative Commons BY-NC 4.0

Free legal guide for user-generated content

The team at n0tice.com has published guidelines designed to help publishers and broadcasters stay safe when managing content submitted by users.

Image of pen, notebook and computer by Peter O'Shea and released under Creative Commons

Free grammar check for journalists

An infographic, pointing out what are claimed to be the top 20 grammatical mistakes made by journalists, has been shared on social media this week. The graphic is entertaining, but the associated free tool for checking copy caught my attention.

Orwell Flipboard magazine cover

What would Orwell have made of Flipboard?

How does Flipboard, which I found superb for creating a live event magazine in April, perform for longer-term content curation projects? I’ve recruited George Orwell to find out.

Defenders' Days 2013 Flipboard Magazine uploaded by Media Helping Media

How to publish an instant magazine from a live event

The new Flipboard magazine function is an amazing free tool that enables anyone to produce a tablet and smartphone record of an event, as it happens, by just tapping a finger.