GET SOCIAL: Snapchat has been against the ropes since Instagram copied (or, if you’re so inclined, stole) its innovative “Stories” feature in 2016. Without that popular exclusive feature, Snapchat struggled against Instagram’s more established userbase, longer list of features and superior navigation. But there’s one thing Instagram still doesn’t have: the Snap Map, which displays public snaps on a heatmap that’s searchable by location. It’s a potent tool for journalists searching for information, images and videos from breaking news locations. And now, that information and more is much more accessible for newsrooms, thanks to Snap’s partnerships with content discovery platforms NewsWhip, Storyful, SAM Desk and Tagboard.
OLD TOOLS, NEW TRICKS: It seems as though developers have been hiding away from the mid-summer heat and pushing out a lot of new code. Four great tools for journalism saw big updates this week.
Vox Media’s Chorus content management system, long heralded as a “next-generation publishing platform,” will soon be available to other newsrooms. The technology powers sites like Vox.com, The Verge and SB Nation, and includes tools that suggest times for social distribution, offer various layout changes and provide advanced metrics. Sqoop, a search engine for public records and company information, added a feature to pair journalists with relevant sources. Sqoop Sources uses answers to 13 quick questions to identify potentially helpful experts. Headliner, my favorite tool for making audio shareable, added three useful features. Users can now change the aspect ratios of projects (a great way to optimize for various social
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