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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5 Tips to Increase your Facebook Reach

5 Tips to Increase your Facebook Reach

| August 26, 2014 | 0 Comments

Chris Snider, who teaches multimedia journalism at Drake University, posted this column on the Des Moines Register earlier this month: 5 Tips to Get Facebook to Show Brand’s Content. The piece has practical tips from “Use Multimedia” to “Time Your Posts” for staffer’s who are running their journalism program’s Facebook page. Give it a read and […]

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St. Louis Post-Dispatch Photojournalist Chris Lee uses 360 Panorama technique to help document unrest in Ferguson

St. Louis Post-Dispatch Photojournalist Chris Lee uses 360 Panorama technique to help document unrest in Ferguson

| August 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

Journalism students and instructors are always hearing about apps and tools they should use for covering events. Sometimes, it’s tough to find these tools used effectively in actual reporting. We’ve actually posted before about St. Louis Post-Dispatch photographer Chris Lee’s use of the 360 panoramas. It was a post in 2013 about his use of them […]

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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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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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