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Here is the latest journalism news from this week:

5 in-camera video transitions to make your social content more engaging

Video transitions link one video clip to another, playing a vital role in the speed and feel of your finished product.

Broadcasted news packages tend to stick with simple transitions, such as the cut, dissolve or fade to black, as there is a danger some pre-made transitions can look cheesy or amateur when used between clips. Check out this video tutorial by Caroline Scott.

Have you heard the news? You can now talk to the New York Times

Picture: Adam Bowie via Flickr

The New York Times is one of the latest publishers to venture into the uncharted waters of producing news content for smart speakers.

Hosted by Michael Barbaro, the new Flash Briefing show specifically designed for smart speakers is about three-minutes long and is updated every weekday. Additionally, the publisher has created a weekly interactive news quiz that allows listeners to have a conversation with their device.

City Bureau empowers citizens and bolsters local reporting with new tools

US-based non-profit civic journalism lab City Bureau has rebooted their Documenters programme with the addition of the newly launched City Scrapers project.

Initially launched back in September 2016, Documenters is the latest programme run by City Bureau to improve involvement in local democracy, which gives local residents reporting training and then pays them to put those skills into practice.

Engaged Journalism Accelerator funds eight more community journalism projects

Eight new recipients have been announced for the Engaged Journalism Accelerator (EJA), a funding scheme by the European Journalism Centre (EJC). The scheme is designed to help community journalism projects find long-term sustainability.

Those awarded grants are Civio (Spain), Clydesider (UK), Decât o Revistă (Romania), Koncentrat (Denmark), Krautreporter (Germany), Médor (Belgium), Mérce (Hungary) and On Our Radar (UK).

The Economist launches new daily current-affairs podcast The Intelligence

The Economist. Pictured: 'The Intelligence' podcast host Jason Palmer.

The Economist will launch a new daily current-affairs podcast The Intelligence next week. The show will be hosted by Jason Palmer and supported by a team of eight editors and producers, plus a global network of correspondents in 22 offices around the world, from Mexico City to Madrid to Moscow to Mumbai.

Each 20-minute episode will kick off with a news segment, followed by a feature, and finally include a jolly segment that is spun around an unusual fact or statistic, for example, what sales of mooncakes tell you about the state of Chinese politics and economics.

Click here to bag your spot at newsrewired, our next digital journalism conference, taking place on 6 March at Reuters, Canary Wharf, London.

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