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Visual Story Lab
A project of resourcemedia

Got a story to tell? Enrich it with Periscope

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August 13, 2015
Twitter’s fairly new live-streaming platform, Periscope, is creating quite a buzz on the web, and when it comes to citizen journalists, non-profit organizations, and big brands alike, this app is showing potential as an extremely powerful tool for reaching an audience. Even Hillary Clinton has taken notice and is using…

Here. Now. Us. actualizes climate change for Marin County

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July 30, 2015
I’m sure you remember a childhood moment at the beach, on a mountain or in an observation tower, begging your parents for a quarter so you could look through the coin-operated binoculars and get a close-up view of everything that was once so small to your naked eye. Now imagine…

Mainstreaming water conservation: lessons from energy efficiency

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July 15, 2015
As the megadrought continues, public agencies and nonprofit organizations are upping the ante on water conservation campaigns.  San Francisco Public Utilities Commission is working to sex up water savings with ads that call for “quickies” (short showers) and “full frontal” high efficiency washers. Denver Water has long used eye-catching art…

Want Great Pics for Your Non-Profit? Getty Images Are Now Free!

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July 10, 2015
Image sharing on social media has allowed a never-ending stream of content to flow through the web, with photographers often losing out on receiving proper credit for their work. Getty Images has recently responded to this trend by removing the licensing watermark on many of their images intended for use…

The Power of People in Imagery

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July 7, 2015
Which of the following images do you think would inspire you to purchase energy-efficient light bulbs? If you are anything like the test subjects of an experiment Resource Media ran with the SEE Change Institute, you’d have most likely picked the second image with the person in it. At Resource…

The Secret to a Standing Ovation

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June 22, 2015
In early June I had the honor of working with Open Society Foundation’s Mental Health Initiative grantees, helping to lead a visual communications workshop in Barcelona with professional photographer Ami Vitale. I was there to share best practices and research from Resource Media’s Visual Story Lab, but I was thrilled…

Some of my best friends are stock photos

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June 18, 2015
It seems to never end. We keep seeing coverage about stock photos coming back to haunt folks. Just today, news that Donald Trump may have hired actors to pose as supporters at his candidacy announcement surfaced. While some say that there is no such thing as bad press, these stories…

Not just a teen thing: Snapchat for your non-profit

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June 4, 2015
I’ve been reluctant to join Snapchat, as it seemed like I missed the boat on this young, popular photo and video messaging app, and I didn’t understand how a message that self-destructs in 24 hours could be useful. But recently I finally gave it a go and have been interested…

Watermarking photos for Twitter success

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May 27, 2015
Have you ever faced the challenge of squeezing a complicated tweet into 140 characters? And then if you add a photo or visual, it takes up even more space and you find yourself without enough room to credit the photographer appropriately, while also giving context to the link. Twitter’s unique…

How to use Infogr.am

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May 11, 2015
Have you ever seen a great infographic on social media and wished you could make one for you own organization? Well now you can. Infogr.am, and online infographic generator makes it easy to express your data in a visually captivating way. As we’ve discussed in previous posts, infographics are a…

We invite you to share your own challenges, successes, best practices and lessons learned. If you would like us to showcase your visual story, please email vizcom@resource-media.org. Don’t forget to send us pictures or links to your video!

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