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Use Wikispaces for a staff manual

Use Wikispaces for a staff manual

| February 3, 2016 | 0 Comments

Create a staff manual using Wikispaces.com. When one of my veteran newspaper students needed to move on, I realized she was the only person with whom I had been working to upload editorial cartoons and illustrations. This was not a new situation.  High school media students move on all the time, especially prized graduates who […]

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An online archive of traditional print issues points viewers to your site

An online archive of traditional print issues points viewers to your site

| February 1, 2016 | 1 Comments

If you are an adviser from a school with decades of traditional print newspapers aging in school file cabinets and library shelves, it’s time to create an online, searchable archive for them. At my high school, for example, the newspaper class began production of its publication in 1959, a year after its building opened for […]

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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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Videographer’s strategies for keeping a source anonymous differs from writer’s strategies — from Times Insider

Videographer’s strategies for keeping a source anonymous differs from writer’s strategies — from Times Insider

| July 6, 2015 | 0 Comments

Time Insider story, “Friends With ISIS: How To Tell One Young Woman’s Story,” shares valuable tips and concerns for any staff member, especially a videographer, who needs to report an important story using an anonymous source. In addition to tips about managing a news crew of three (with priorities ranging from the writer’s, photographer’s, and videographer’s […]

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David Molnar gives 6 tips for taking fireworks photos on iPhone

David Molnar gives 6 tips for taking fireworks photos on iPhone

| July 3, 2015 | 0 Comments

The first tip for shoooting Fourth of July fireworks is to use a gorilla tripod plus a Slowshutter app, according to photographer and blogger David Molnar. With tripod and app set up, move in close to the fireworks, “set up your Shutter app on a slight delay timer so you don’t shake the camera when you push […]

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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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Google’s WeVideo a simple option for adding video, photo galleries

Google’s WeVideo a simple option for adding video, photo galleries

| June 20, 2014 | 0 Comments

Among the host of choices on the Google Web Store for iOS and Android users, WeVideo is a free program for uploading, editing, and sharing videos. WeVideo combines the simplicity of Videolicious with the sharing capacity of Google Docs. For a traditional print journalism program, it’s a simple solution to the huge undertaking of implementing broadcast practices not […]

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Everyone can do an editorial cartoon with Storyboard That

Everyone can do an editorial cartoon with Storyboard That

| April 30, 2014 | 0 Comments

The moment I met Storyboardthat.com, I knew I had to try it out with my students. Sure, there are lots of free options out there, but this paid educational site is worth the $30 annual educational price in so many aspects: managing student accounts, sharing, publishing, and choosing from an abundant array of figures, speech bubbles, and […]

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Edublogs helps advisers manage classroom blogging

Edublogs helps advisers manage classroom blogging

| April 2, 2014 | 0 Comments

Blogging has become an essential digital skill for journalists, especially scholastic journalists. Harrisonville High School journalism teacher Brad Lewis uses edublogs.org in his beginning journalism classroom because it runs on a WordPress platform, which creates familiarity with the School Newspapers Online CMS his news staff uses, and allows him oversight capabilities. “Since I was doing this for the […]

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