Why Google Drive’s new suggesting mode is the best things since… Google Drive

Why Google Drive’s new suggesting mode is the best things since… Google Drive

| August 18, 2014 | 1 Comments

I was having a meeting of the minds with my editors this summer, and the topic of our editing system came up as an area for potential revision. In the past, we used a pretty complicated solution to work around a pretty simple problem: Google documents were built to collaboratively edit documents, but we needed […]

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Sprout Social has a great guide to social media image sizes

Sprout Social has a great guide to social media image sizes

| August 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

Coming back to school after a nice summer and dusting off your staff’s social accounts only to find they need quite a bit of TLC? Did your social network make some design changes that have your profile looking a bit wonky? Never fear, Sprout Social is here to help. The have an online guide that is […]

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In 3…2…1…Livestreaming Video!

In 3…2…1…Livestreaming Video!

| August 8, 2014 | 1 Comments

Last year, we tried something entirely new for our broadcast program: livestreaming sporting events. In past years, students had always asked me if we could do some sort of sports broadcasting. The technical aspects – and the costs – of starting some like this, however, was prohibitive. Last year, with the help of our school’s tech department and a […]

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Five MORE ways to promote your site in the first weeks of school

Five MORE ways to promote your site in the first weeks of school

| August 4, 2014 | 0 Comments

About four years ago, I shared “5 ways to promote your site in the first weeks of school” on this site. After rereading it, all five of those tips still stand, but we have added a few more since then. So here’s the sequel, five more ways to promote your site in the first weeks […]

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Using the Most Effective Medium

Using the Most Effective Medium

| July 30, 2014 | 0 Comments

“Sight, sound, motion and emotion.” That was the selling pitch that I heard over and over when I heard why an advertiser should choose TV over another medium. The same “pitch” holds true for choosing whether or not the story you want to tell works best for video or not. In our pitch meetings at […]

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Writing, shooting, editing, and publishing a video news package all on a mobile device

Writing, shooting, editing, and publishing a video news package all on a mobile device

| July 28, 2014 | 4 Comments

As educators and advisers, how often do we actually take part in a personal learning experience? Not the Friday afternoon in-service “professional development” that is required. I’m talking about placing yourself in the exact situation and environment that we ask of our students. The JEA “Day of Doing” has been an excellent opportunity for advisers […]

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Use Wikipedia Commons to find maps that can be reproduced and used copyright-free

Use Wikipedia Commons to find maps that can be reproduced and used copyright-free

| July 23, 2014 | 0 Comments

Some time ago, Tracy Anne Sena posted a great tip on the JEA Listserv for creating/recreating maps for reproduction in school publications. While screengrabbing images from Google Maps and using them is not legally ok, Sena shared that using SVG files from Wikimedia Commons is perfectly acceptable. In her post, Sena recommended going to WikiCommons […]

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How to download videos from Youtube or Vimeo

How to download videos from Youtube or Vimeo

| July 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

Ever needed a video only to find you deleted the version on your hard drive and the only version of the video that you can find has been uploaded to your staff’s Youtube or Vimeo account — and you don’t have the account information to go in and download the video? No worries, there are some quite […]

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Why Writing Is The Most Important Skill For Broadcast Journalists

Why Writing Is The Most Important Skill For Broadcast Journalists

| July 16, 2014 | 0 Comments

We often assume that videography is the key element of broadcast journalism because it’s literally in your face. But in fact, it’s writing that is at the heart of a great broadcast story. Think about it: words are in the voice over, the soundbites that are selected (and the carefully composed questions that will give […]

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