Tegan Bedser of the SABC talks about free options for making your digital storytelling pop. (Photo: Nombulelo Manyana)

Laura Grant, associate editor at the Mail & Guardian, and Tegan Bedser, a digital media specialist at SABC, spoke about what kind of story telling tools new age journalists can use in the creation and distribution of content. They advised that story telling tools such as infographics, presentations and timelines, alongside audio, text and visuals make stories stand out and make them easier for audiences to read.

Some of the software tools journalists should consider using are Shorthand social (used by eNCA), Atavist and Story Map, all of which are platforms that allow for the use of multimedia. They however advise that before using such tools, it is important to plan stories carefully, dividing them into chapters therefore making them easy to read.

Carol Kagezi, MMX15 Student Newsroom