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Online tools and technology used to capture and construct video media are in constant flux. Yet there remain tried-and-true mechanics of basic video shooting.
Randy Walk, Ohio State Multimedia Producer, outlined these fundamentals of videography during Tuesday’s KipCamp video session. He was assisted by Joe Camoriano, broadcast director of the Ohio State Media and Public Relations. The presentation focused on training journalist videographers to shoot three elements of an effective video production: Shots, scenes and sequences.
“Whether you’re doing six-second Vine, a 15-second Instagram video, a 30-second b-roll package or a one-minute story for your news program, it’s all built on these fundamental building blocks,” Walk said. Continue reading
In today’s pursuit of news gathering, less is more, said Carl Corry, online editor for local news at Newsday and a speaker at Tuesday’s KipCamp, a short-term fellowship designed to help journalists make better use of online tools.
“Everyone should have either an iPhone or an Android,” he said.
Corry stressed that being “multimedia lite” — using as little bulky technology as possible — is essential. Harnessing speed, audience interaction and robust storytelling are critical to build job skills expected in the field today.
Journalists should not hesitate to incorporate smartphones into their everyday work.
“The time is now,” Corry said.
“Must-Haves” for Smartphones
Corry encourages journalists to survey their surroundings for available resources. You can cut costs by using wireless providers with the best connectivity (Corry likes Verizon), syncing with free networks in coffee shops, and using airplane mode on your smartphone. It is vital, he said, to monitor battery life.
“Always keep your battery in mind. In the cold weather, the battery life drains even faster than normal,” said Corry.
To improve battery life, consider getting a portable battery “juice pack” such as Morphie Juice Pack ($100) or New Trent iGeek external portable battery ($60). Continue reading
Social media trainer and journalist Jeff Cutler taught Kiplinger Fellows how to leverage the latest social tools to research stories and engage audiences at Monday’s session of 2014 KipCamp.
“Social tools are not here forever,” he said. “Don’t fall in love with the tools.”
The most basic tools are search engines. Google is one of the best tools a journalist can use, Cutler said, in today’s technology-driven society. He suggested setting up Google Alerts to get notifications from news outlets and sources.
“Google is king/queen,” he said. “It’s free, accurate mostly, comprehensive . . . Alerts do the work for you. You must be smart about choosing phrasing but you get better at it over time.”
He doesn’t recommend Bing, which he said means “Bing Is Not Google.” It is more commercial in nature.
He also suggested using several search engine aggregators, including Addict-o-matic and DuckDuckGo. A synopsis of search engines is at www.allmyfaves.com/blog/allmyfaves/top-10-alternative. Continue reading