Author Archive: Aaron Manfull

Aaron is in his 17th year of advising student media. He is currently the Director of Student Media at Francis Howell North High School in St. Charles, Missouri. He is the Journalism Education Association Digital Media Chair and co-Director of Media Now STL. He created The Next 26 and is a former Dow Jones News Fund National Journalism Teacher of the Year. You can find him on Twitter @manfull. He's a proud father. A transplanted Iowan. And an avid Hawkeye Fan.

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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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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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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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[Presentation] Chris Snider shares 9 Things to Watch in 2014

[Presentation] Chris Snider shares 9 Things to Watch in 2014

| June 30, 2014 | 0 Comments

Emerging media in Communications, Journalism from chrissnider Chris Snider, an instructor from Drake University, kicked things off at Media Now STL last week with this presentation he gave on 9 things to watch in 2014. You can see what his nine items are in the presentation above, but what I think is just as useful […]

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Use an online backup service like Crashplan as a safety net for your staff’s server

Use an online backup service like Crashplan as a safety net for your staff’s server

| May 12, 2014 | 0 Comments

If you’re not backing up your staff’s server to an accessible off-site location, you should — starting now. Years ago, I learned the hard way, the importance of having a reliable backup to my staff’s server. I think we all learn that lesson either with the server at school or our own personal computer. For […]

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On PBS MediaShift, Newton and Wirz share 8 digital tools journalists should try

On PBS MediaShift, Newton and Wirz share 8 digital tools journalists should try

| April 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

I saw this link come across the JEA Listserv yesterday from Peggy Gregory and clicked through. It’s a nice piece authored by Eric Newton on PBS MediaShift that talks about some of digital tools journalists should be using for accountability journalism. It actually touches on more than eight because he mentions, as he puts it, a […]

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[Speech] Michael Hernandez accepts JEA 2014 National Broadcast Adviser of the Year, sponsored by Lindenwood University

[Speech] Michael Hernandez accepts JEA 2014 National Broadcast Adviser of the Year, sponsored by Lindenwood University

| April 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

The following is a transcript of Michael Hernandez’s acceptance speech for the 2014 National High School Broadcast Adviser of the Year Award, sponsored by Lindenwood University. Hernandez was honored at a luncheon April 12, 2014, in San Diego, California, at the JEA/NSPA Spring National High School Journalism Convention. Also honored that day as Distinguished Advisers were Don […]

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Join the JEA Digital Media Committee at 8 a.m. on Saturday, April 12 , in San Diego (and bring a friend)

Join the JEA Digital Media Committee at 8 a.m. on Saturday, April 12 , in San Diego (and bring a friend)

| April 9, 2014 | 0 Comments

The JEA Digital Media Committee (the group responsible for this site and a host of other things) will be meeting in San Diego at the JEA/NSPA Spring National High School Journalism Convention. The meeting will be 8 a.m. on Saturday, April, in Aqua 313, Level 3. It’s an open meeting so please show up and […]

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