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#Tip: Follow our YouTube channel for weekly screencasts

April 15th, 2014 | No Comments | Posted by in Top tips for journalists
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Here at Journalism.co.uk we report on a lot of different digital journalism tools, and so we recently started to produce weekly screencasts to guide you through exactly how to use different platforms.

You can follow our screencasts on our YouTube channel, via our ‘how-to’ playlist, and we’re also publishing them with the addition of written steps on Journalism.co.uk. Our first screencasts include how to create montages and interactive images.

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#Tip: Take note of this advice for video interviews

April 11th, 2014 | 1 Comment | Posted by in Top tips for journalists

Conducting video interviews can be daunting if you’re used to being behind the camera, rather than in front of it.

In this video posted by the BBC College of Journalism, BBC reporters Jon Sopel, Jane Corbin and Jim Fitzpatrick offer their advice for on-screen interviews.

Although the tips are aimed at television interviews, they can be applied to all forms of interview, whether for online, print or broadcast.

They include being “sceptical, not cynical” and planning ahead, while still being prepared for “unexpected opportunities”.

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#Tip: Learn how to turn TV archive footage into interactive videos

January 23rd, 2014 | No Comments | Posted by in Top tips for journalists

Brian Williamson of the Office of Digital and Design Innovation (ODDI) recently posted a video explainer on how to access archive footage from ’500,000 broadcasts’, largely from US-based outlets, and extract key segments.

From there, Williamson takes different clips and makes ‘Jon Stewart moments”, highlighting politicians’ chameleonic views on certain subjects.

With the TV News Archive, ODDI’s free KettleCorn video software and a little sardonic humour, Williamson shows how easy it can be to make quick video segments from archive footage to tell new stories.

KettleCorn also gives the option to add layers of interactivity – including embedded maps, links, wikipedia pages.

Williamson will be running Journalism.co.uk’s intensive 3-hour workshop on KettleCorn’s additional features and the tenets of web-native video on 21 February.

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#Tip: Consider different video styles for digital journalism

December 20th, 2013 | No Comments | Posted by in Top tips for journalists
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For newsrooms looking at how to deliver content through the engaging medium of video, take a look at this post – “three ways newsrooms experimented with video in 2013“ - on the International Journalists’ Network website, which gives real industry examples from the past year, covering three different styles of online video, from documentaries and interactive video, to short-form.

For more shorter-form video ideas, also check out this list of five different examples which Journalism.co.uk published last month.

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#Tip: Using FiLMiC Pro? Take a look at these tutorials

December 19th, 2013 | No Comments | Posted by in Mobile, Top tips for journalists
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Image by Sean MacEntee on Flickr. Some rights reserved

Here on Journalism.co.uk we regularly report on new mobile apps, and share expert advice on how to make the most of your mobile device when capturing images, video and audio - this how-to guide, for example, focuses on mobile video.

Staying on the theme of mobile video, We Are Juxt, a site dedicated to “mobile photography and mobile artistry”, this month published two video tutorials from FiLMiC Pro, a Journalism.co.uk app of the week back in August last year, outlining how to use the platform. Each tutorial covers key features of the app – here is the first, and here is the second.

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#Tip: Imagejunkies blog well worth a visit for video journalists

I recently came across a great blog called Imagejunkies, which offers a variety of posts documenting life in the field, as well as more practical advice, such as ‘ten tips for filming in extreme cold weather’, ‘how to remove audio hiss in FCP 7′ and ‘how to clean your lenses’ – all of which is likely to be of value to video journalists.

The blog, described as being “for professionals by professionals”, was set up by Christian Parkinson.

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#Tip: Watch WSJ video on impact of mobile on journalism

November 13th, 2013 | No Comments | Posted by in Mobile, Top tips for journalists

For those trying to get to grips with how best to reach mobile audiences with their content, this short video from the Wall Street Journal (embedded below) is well worth a watch, not only to soak up some of the advice of those within digital-native outlets such as BuzzFeed, Mashable and Circa (and those with more traditional roots, like the WSJ), but also as a useful reminder about the different ways digital content is discovered, and the resulting demand for new approaches.

Hat tip: @fieldproducer

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#Tip: 100 ways to make your journalism better

November 6th, 2013 | No Comments | Posted by in Top tips for journalists

 

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By Jess on Wikimedia Commons. Some rights reserved

To celebrate its 100th NewsU Webinar back in February 2011, the Poynter Institute put on a webinar in which 15 presenters give ideas, tips or lessons on a range of topics.

For the last two and a half years the tips were only available to buy as a book from the Poynter website, but NewsU, a Poynter project, recently uploaded the videos of the webinar to YouTube for the world to watch.

The two videos are an hour each but it’s worth setting aside the time as they “provide great advice on reporting, writing and editing; leadership, management and entrepreneurship; visual journalism; and multimedia, digital tools and social media.”

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#Podcast: How 2 publishers approach YouTube for online video

November 1st, 2013 | No Comments | Posted by in Broadcasting, Podcast

YouTube is officially the largest video-hosting platform in the world. It claims a billion unique users each month watch six billion hours of footage, a total up 50 per cent on last year. The audience and demand for online video is vast and, with 100 hours of video uploaded every minute, there is more and more choice and competition.

So how can publishers take advantage of this platform? In this podcast, we speak to two video producers about what has worked for them in making their YouTube channels a success.

We speak to:

  • Al Brown, head of video, Vice UK
  • David Boddington, head of video production, games and film, Future Publishing

You can hear future podcasts by signing up to the Journalism.co.uk podcast feed on iTunes.

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#Tip: How to shoot quality video on mobile

August 29th, 2013 | 1 Comment | Posted by in Mobile, Top tips for journalists

Neal Augenstein’s site #iphonereporting is a consistent source of excellent guidelines on how best to use your smartphone to supplement traditional reporting tools. These tips on shooting video on your phone are no different.

The tips are technical and technological – covering how best to hold the phone and edit the video as well as which apps to use in the process – and give a solid start to anyone looking to get good video on the go.

Shameless plug: Mobile journalism luminary Glen Mulcahy, quoted in Augenstein’s article above, is running a one-day course on mobile reporting for Journalism.co.uk in September if you want to take your skills to the next level.

If you have a tip you would like to submit to us at Journalism.co.uk email us using this link.
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