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 | 0 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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5 Reasons Why An Online Newspaper is not the End of the World

5 Reasons Why An Online Newspaper is not the End of the World

| July 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

At the beginning of fourth quarter, the Dean of Students at my high school decided to implement an intervention time, 15 minutes where struggling students would attempt to turn their path around, get help from their teachers, and finish their assignments, while those passing everything would play basketball, peruse last period’s Facebook updates, or study for […]

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We should be working to help students process news, rather than be consumed by it

We should be working to help students process news, rather than be consumed by it

| July 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

As a subscriber to Quill and Scroll’s emailed newsletters, I was interested this week to find a June 11 article by Lauren Swan asserting “Does 24/7 journalism create(s) insecurity?”While Ms. Swan’s criticisms of the endless news cycle hit home (seriously, how many hours in a day does a reader need to be bombarded with news of […]

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Build digital skills early, have intro journalism students create multimedia packages for the web

Build digital skills early, have intro journalism students create multimedia packages for the web

| July 9, 2014 | 0 Comments

I switched things up for my semester-long introductory journalism class in May. Instead of having students write a feature story as their final big project, I had them create multimedia web packages. The results turned out better than I expected and I plan to keep the project as part of the class curriculum in 2014-15 […]

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Camayak builds in newsroom efficiency, collaboration

Camayak builds in newsroom efficiency, collaboration

| July 6, 2014 | 0 Comments

Camayak, a pre-publication management system, brings a new level of efficiency to newsrooms – for students and advisers. A previous Editor-in-Chief who graduated and used this time-saving program in her freshman reporting position for the Arizona State University news publication told me I had to use it. Google Docs is satisfying until you meet Camayak.  I can’t […]

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Tips for Photographing Fireworks with your mobile phone

Tips for Photographing Fireworks with your mobile phone

| July 4, 2014 | 0 Comments

Looking to take fireworks photos with your smart phone or tablet? Here are five good resources to look over to help you capture the action. How to take Photos of Fireworks (CNET) How to Take Photographs of Fireworks with Your Phone (Gizmodo) How to take Photos of Fireworks with Your Phone (Mashable) How to Take Pictures […]

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