This week we introduce you to five online tools for creating multimedia stories, and we hear lessons in innovative thinking from two former journalism fellows.

PART 1: Multimedia story tools

New online tools are making it easier to create multimedia story presentations without having to write computer code. We walk you through five of the options.

Reporting by Sarah Harkins and Chelsea Stuart.

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The tools:

  • Creatavist is a service for building multimedia stories that scale for any device. Stories can include audio, video, links, images and text.  
  • Meograph lets users add images, video, text, audio, links and locations to a visual timeline.
  • Scroll Kit is an online webpage builder that enables full-page multimedia stories without coding. Stories may include text, images, video, and links. Scroll Kit also offers features like animation and parallax scrolling.
  • Tiki-Toki is online software for creating multimedia timelines containing 3D visuals, video, images, text and audio.
  • Zeega is a web app for building multimedia slideshows using images, animated gifs, audio and text. 

PART 2: Innovation via fellowship

Several fellowship programs across the country foster innovative thinking and new ideas for the industry by giving journalists a chance to take a break from the newsroom. Beth Daley and Deepa Fernandes, alumni of the John S. Knight Journalism Fellowships at Stanford, share some lessons they learned during their year away. We also hear from Jim Bettinger, director of the program.

Reporting by Chelsea Stuart.

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For more information: offers this list of journalism fellowships.

Reuben Stern  
Director of NYC Partnerships


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