Beat coverage, multimedia packages and more: The JEA Web curriculum

Beat coverage, multimedia packages and more: The JEA Web curriculum

| September 4, 2015 | 0 Comments

If you’re staring down an empty calendar for the next few months, take a look through the lesson plans in the Web curriculum module for inspiration and activities to improve your students’ online journalism coverage and practices. Here’s a run-down of what’s available: Note: JEA member login required to access curriculum. Lesson Summary Activities and […]

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Upping your Insta-game, Part 1: Hosting a takeover

Upping your Insta-game, Part 1: Hosting a takeover

| September 2, 2015 | 0 Comments

With Instagram’s big update last week, users worldwide celebrated #deathtothesquare. That alone may be reason to amp up or revisit your media staff’s Instagram presence. If you’re looking for ways to expand or improve, this three-part series may help. [Note to beginners: JEA Digital Media offers other suggestions here, if you’re just getting started.] First, […]

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Lessons from Hurricane Katrina reflective coverage

Lessons from Hurricane Katrina reflective coverage

| August 31, 2015 | 0 Comments

As the 10th anniversary coverage of Hurricane Katrina winds down, it’s worth taking a look at how a few major news organizations planned their coverage. Here are a few to check out: The Times-Picayune’s “Ten Years Later” NPR’s special series “Hurricane Katrina: 10 years of recovery and reflection” ESPN’s “Ten Years After Katrina” The LA […]

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Live Streaming: Getting Ready

Live Streaming: Getting Ready

| August 27, 2015 | 0 Comments

Play-by-play and color commentary for sports broadcasting isn’t just a matter of flipping the cameras and audio on and talking sports for 3 hours. There’s a lot of work involved. If you’re going to be broadcasting games with announcers, here are some quick tips: Do your research – Read about last week’s game. Get some history […]

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Check out this Youtube playlist of well done Snapchat Stories

Check out this Youtube playlist of well done Snapchat Stories

| August 26, 2015 | 0 Comments

While Snapchat is a great tool to tell stories, it’s often hard to track some of the best practices out there because the stories disappear after 24 hours. In an attempt to help train Snapchat storytellers, I’ve created a Youtube playlist where I will be collecting and sharing strong Snapchat stories that have been shared with […]

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5 Things Your Staff Should Be Doing If You Have A Social Media Presence

5 Things Your Staff Should Be Doing If You Have A Social Media Presence

| August 24, 2015 | 3 Comments

There are lots of things your staff/program need to take into account if you’re going to be effective in the social sphere. Here’s a shortlist of 5 things to get you started. Make sure you know why you’re there – It all starts with having a focus for your accounts on why they exist in the […]

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5 Tips for Shooting Good Sit-Down Interviews from the International Journalists’ Network

5 Tips for Shooting Good Sit-Down Interviews from the International Journalists’ Network

| August 21, 2015 | 0 Comments

This is a great piece by MJ Daoud on the IJnet.org. The piece, titled “Five steps for shooting the perfect sit-down interview,” offers a variety of practical tips for beginners (and reminders for veterans). It covers everything from selecting the right chair for your interview to why you should put your keys in the refrigerator if […]

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Use more finesse with iPhone photography

Use more finesse with iPhone photography

| August 16, 2015 | 0 Comments

If you missed the previous tips from David Molnar on how to shoot fireworks, you won’t want to miss his recent offerings. Currently, he has pdfs and 5 videos to watch and learn for the most common iPhone photography mistakes and how to avoid them. I know I get squeamish about “free” nowadays.  Do I […]

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Mini-lessons for advisers when news cycles are slow: Proper microphone techniques

Mini-lessons for advisers when news cycles are slow: Proper microphone techniques

| August 12, 2015 | 0 Comments

Audio is just as important, if not more, than the video. I believe in this motto 100%. Imagine someone telling you their life story. It’s moving, powerful, inspirational. Yet, your microphone didn’t work as you were recording. Ugh! I missed it?! If a video story has beautiful cinematography, color and light, and has audio I’m […]

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