Ezra Eeman told delegates there was a vast number of apps and tools that could be used to create engaging content effectively for any audience. Journalists should be aware of the value that the number of tools and apps on the internet can add to their audiences, he added.

“There is an ‘appageddon’ of new apps and tools released each month and it is too difficult you keep track of them all,” said Eeman. “Pick the right tools, stick to them and master them.”

Eeman then revealed to delegates his cheat-sheet full of free web tools that can be utilised to make engaging and interactive content.

His favourites are:

Spicey Nodes – a tool for any kind of hierarchical or networked data

Closr – create zooomable stories from big images

Odyssey.js – a simple way for journalists to weave interactive stories using maps and pictures

Tiki Toki – Web-based software for creating beautiful and interactive timelines

Soundcite – a simple-to-use tool that lets you add inline audio to your story without needing to navigate away from the story

Kettlecorn – a tool that allows you to quickly synchronise and mix text, photos, maps and Wikipedia articles with audio or video

Sprites (beta) – a free tool for creating beautiful animated infographics on the web

Interact – a tool that make a Buzzfeed-style quiz for free

Readrboard – a tool that allows readers to comment on anything they see on your website

via How to keep audiences engaged: tips from the experts | Media news.

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