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Social Media Visuals: Tips and Free Tools

About This Course

If you're still posting all-text social posts or sticking to simple images, it's time to think again. Broaden your visual storytelling online with simple animation, text on video, interactive graphics and more.

In this webinar, you'll find tips and resources for crafting a visual story aimed appropriately at how, when and where your audience wants it. Call it platform intelligence, or just finding a way to embrace the constraints.

What Will I Learn

  • Tiny documentaries: those short little videos that work with or without audio
  • Before and after: a slider that allows quick comparison or juxtaposition
  • Step-by-steps: good editing with a slideshow tool or video
  • Engaging interactives: clickable images, maps and charts with little or no code necessary
  • What we know about how people read and engage

Who Should Take this Course:

Anyone who produces digital stories: editors, designers, producers and more.

Course Instructor

Sara Quinn

Sara Quinn

A design and journalism consultant, Sara Quinn holds the R.M. Seaton Chair for Professional Journalism at Kansas State University. Immediate Past President of the Society for News Design. She taught at The Poynter Institute for more than a decade. Her eyetracking research for Poynter and other organizations on newspaper, tablet and online reading habits helps journalists determine the best forms for storytelling.

Sara spent nearly 20 years working in newspaper newsrooms, including the Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida and her hometown newspaper, The Wichita Eagle in Kansas. She teaches in-house workshops for newsrooms and universities around the world, has edited and designed magazines, websites, books and newspapers. She has a B.A. from Wichita State University and a master’s in illustration from Syracuse University. She received Ball State's Anthony Majeri Award for Leadership and Innovation in 2013. Follow @saraquinn.

Training Partner:

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The Society for News Design

The Society for News Design (SND) is an international organization for news media professionals and visual communicators – specifically those who create print, web, and mobile publications and products. Our members art direct, design, edit, report, illustrate, photograph and record video, visualize data – and write code.

This webinar is FREE for members of the Society for News Design (SND). Watch your member email to get details about the promocode to enroll for free.

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