A mantra for shooting better video

“Wide, medium, tight, reverse, reaction.” That phrase has been running through video journalist John Bullard’s head for nearly 40 years.  Bullard has shot video stories at the local level and for networks like CNN and ABC.  He owns his own video production company and is a regular freelancer out of Washington, DC. He says, despite …

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Top three things when flying drones for news

Though 2016 was supposed to be the year of the news drone, 2017 may actually bring a little more progress. Thanks to a partnership involving the Poynter Institute, the Drone Journalism Lab at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, National Press Photographers Association and DJI, journalists can take part in a series of drone journalism camps across the U.S. Upcoming workshops include: Syracuse …

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Top 5 strategies to create better mobile video

There is plenty being said and written about the explosion in video consumption on mobile devices, but very few local news organizations seem to be producing content specifically for mobile viewing.  Resources are definitely an issue, but the time is coming when reporters may no longer be doing a “Web version” of their stories, rather …

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Mobile journalism now easier on Android devices

When I conduct training on using mobile devices as news gathering tools, the room is generally filled with journalists wielding iPhones. However, in a recent podcast produced by journalism.co.uk, some mobile experts are suggesting that 2015 was a game changing year for producing news content with Android devices. Florian Reichart, the man behind @smartfilming on Twitter, …

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How to maximize your mobile video stories

  In the words of James Harding, BBC’s news director, the age of mobile video is upon us.  So, how are they responding at the “Beeb?” With an understanding of audience demands, according to Nathalie Malinarich, editor for mobile and new formats. “You really need to grab people immediately,” says Malinarich. “If they don’t like it, they’re going …

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What mobile journalism should be and why it isn’t

“We’re doing mobile journalism wrong.” Judd Slivka teaches mobile journalism at the University of Missouri and says he’s tested more than 700 apps in the process. So, why is this mobile evangelist down on mobile news gathering as it’s done today? “We’re trying to use the tools to create TV packages, what used to work …

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Must-have multimedia tools for TV journalists

When Tony Russell heads out to cover a story for KOTV in Tulsa, Oklahoma, his toolkit includes two phones and a host of apps.  His favorite is Instagram. “I use Instagram because I like to show viewers what I’m working on,” said Russell, who goes by @tonyrusselltv across social media. “I also like how Instagram …

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How to put together a TV news package

One of the strongest broadcast journalism programs in the country is located at the University of Montana, and Professor Denise Dowling is one of the best instructors in the school. She gets students started on video storytelling by following a simple formula. “Begin and end every story with natural sound,” says Dowling, “include a nat …

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Investigator’s Tip: Find the person behind an unknown email

What if you’re working a story and stumble across some good information in an email, but don’t know who the heck sent it?  Amit Agarwal on the tech site Digital Inspiration has a great primer on how to track down the source. Google is a logical starting point, but if that turns up nothing, Agarwal …

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5 easy ways to better produce an online story

It’s a rare TV newsroom that does not require its journalists to write a Web version of their stories.  Lynn Walsh, who produces multimedia for the Scripps National Digital Desk has done more than her fair share. She offers some excellent tips for making sure those stories are viewed and enjoyed by more audience.  We’ve …

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