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A guide to using Google Hangouts On Air

A guide to using Google Hangouts On Air

About a year ago, adviser Jonathan Rogers described how he had been using Google Hangouts On Air to bring in remote speakers and guests to talk to his students and archive the talks. Since then, I’ve seen interviews with celebrities, panel discussions on big issues, and even entire digital conferences broadcast using the tool. I […]

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

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

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 […]

Video Tip: Edit audio first

Video Tip: Edit audio first

Edit. Audio. First. Your students rush back from a shoot, all fired up to edit their awesome story.  They shot great visuals.  Some really cool stuff.  Recorded some sweet natural sound.  They even remembered to get all those specialty shots you taught them, like “reflection,” “backlit,” “door frame,” and a few you hadn’t even mentioned. […]

Telestream.com video: Broadcast Live Sporting Events Like A Pro On Any Budget

Telestream.com video: Broadcast Live Sporting Events Like A Pro On Any Budget

Broadcast Live Sporting Events Like A Pro On Any Budget from Telestream on Vimeo. If you’re looking to get into broadcasting sports events live, check out this video from Telestream. It does a great job of walking you through the essentials you need to be thinking about. The video covers everything from basics that viewers want […]

Mini-lessons for advisers when news cycles are slow: Natural Sound

Mini-lessons for advisers when news cycles are slow: Natural Sound

The audio in a video is just as important, if not more, than the actual video itself. Without sound, you don’t have video. You may have heard that from me before. Sound brings the visual images and action on the screen to life. It’s very important to plan for sound, and use the natural sound […]

Podcast Setup

Podcast Setup

A few have asked me what my setup is for the podcasts I produce. It’s cobbled together with equipment that I already had. That said, we bought a new, more portable sound board for livestreaming that has a USB output. That has saved us a lot of headaches and time. MacGuyver would be proud of me. […]

Training Broadcast Students: The Ethics of Getting It Right

Training Broadcast Students: The Ethics of Getting It Right

Like it or not, appearances are everything in broadcast journalism and it’s important for our students to get it technically right every time. This isn’t a matter of vanity, but one of journalism ethics.  An unbalanced camera can make a source appear “crooked” or untrustworthy.  Overmodulated audio can make a statement unintelligible.  Choppy editing can […]

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