How to enjoy reading magazines: the infographic

Oct30

Inside the Story, a great magazine from digital journalist-turned-producer Adam Westbrook, has just released its fourth issue – the last this year. It contains, like the other issues, this wonderful reminder at the front that attentive reading is a very different thing from enjoying a novel or flicking through Buzzfeed.

How to read this magazine instructions

With the decline in popularity of RSS readers and blogging, and the current trend to easy clicks and short-form content, this kind of bold announcement that you’ll need to pay attention is nice. It’s essentially a big call-to-action, and sets the tone nicely for a publication that covers some interesting ideas in depth.

The series as a whole is very much worth your time. The initial concept is usually online for free here, which features wisdom from some of the English language’s best digital storytellers (but seems to be down right now).

The real meat, though, is in the four-part magazine series. I encourage you to pick them all up, but trying out issue one on the use of narrative structure in non-fiction storytelling is a cheap way to test the waters.

Check it out.

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Video: Kodaline Album launch in Dublin

Jun24

I’ve been keeping up with my attempts to improve my video editing. This video was shot on a single handicam with no tripod – using my wallet and notebook as supports – and the audio was recorded on an iPhone.

Everything was synced up in Adobe Premiere Pro, and I added a few shots of the scene to cover up the clumsier movements.

Quick and dirty but did the job – that false start actually took about five minutes to sort out.

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Help me Write narrows ideas down to the ones your audience wants to read

Jun14

Apple Wireless Keyboard. Credit: D Molloy

Photo: D Molloy

Here’s the scenario: you’ve two great ideas ready to go, and limited time. Both deal with your area of expertise, but one is a straight feature to educate and inform your audience with useful content, and the other is a personal essay about your experiences battling a problem your audience can relate to.

Which one do you go for - straight and reliable, or personal and risky?

If you’re anything like me, you’ve got lots of writing ideas, but you’re not always sure which ones will fly with your audience.

Enter Help Me Write from Makeshift, a cool product design studio in London. They’ve tried to solve that problem by connecting authors and audiences and ask: do you want to read this?

The process is simple: you dump your ideas to your Help Me Write profile page with a well-written first paragraph, like on you’d send to an editor with a query letter, and then share that page to your social profiles, your blog – wherever your audience lives.

Then, they just click ‘I’d like to read this’. No messing around collating repsonses from your Twitter feeds, just pure, democratic expressions of interest.

Help Me Write Interface

HelpMeWrite.co

Assuming you’ve got some feedback, once you write the piece, you’ve got a pre-existing audience ready to read it. It’s an extension of the technique you often see with feature writers on Twitter who drop tidbits about their current projects to whet a reader’s appetitie.

Obviously, this type of app works best for those who have a large pre-existing audience online. But considering that that’s the goal of every young writer out there these days (or it should be), this kind of app has a pretty bright future.

Big media potential

Imagine the potential to have this feature rolled into big media companies with some of the finest writing styles on earth. What if subscribers had the ability to tell their favourite newspaper that one minor idea from a columnists’ pile grabbed them and they just can’t wait to read it?

That’s what really fascinated me – the idea that media could institutionalise the kind of feedback that social media is so celebrated for.

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Photos: Summer in Clontarf

Jun11

Took a quick stroll down Dollymount strand on the last day of the recent sunny stretch. Some kitesurfers made some great photo ops, and a reason to use my 70-300 zoom lens.

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