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May 2

The main goal for today is to get over to Holroyd 167 at 3:15 for an editing session on Adobe Premiere CC. Here are the two clips I demo-ed last week in my office with external and internal mics (right-click, Save link as) to experiment with if you need some footage.

But in part one, […]

April 25

Here’s a first take on the plan:

Note how Canva embeds on but not Hand back Olson post and Canva/Excel graphics A reminder that due today are posts on mobile journalism (Group 4) and Lane DeGregory’s webinar on finding your voice

Pulitzer Prize winner for feature writing – Tampa Bay Times


April 18

Bit off a bit too much last week … but we time left to get things done, leaving out some topics planned for the next two weeks (Google analytics, custom Google maps, the Knight Lab i.e. Timeline.js). So today, not necessarily in this order:

Start with the live NewsU webinar with Lane DeGregory on finding […]

April 28

Before I outline tonight’s agenda, a reminder that Ben Kalina will be in Comm Center 101 this Friday (May 1) from noon to 3 p.m. If need be, he said he could stay later. Your group will get participation credit (see Syllabus) if at least one person is there with content to work on.



April 21

The agenda:

Return and review old Golbacher, Henstenburg, and slideshow assignments; watch some slideshows; go over rubric (handout) Discussion Group #6 (Zach, Jordan, Mike S.) Reminder that we have an editing session with Ben Kalina, now noon – 3 p.m., Friday, May 1 in COMM center 101 A nice piece on shooting B-roll from […]

April 14

Quick agenda this time

Give back Goldbacher posts with some lessons and last call (five people; if you didn’t get one back you didn’t get one done) Update on slide shows; here we have more than half of them not done at this point. I’ll leave some time at the end to help post/FTP them […]

March 31


Update and provisional plans for slideshow assignment (1) cover the food at the churches and pantries (2) shoot exteriors of the 11 places involved with the food drive; recall YouCaring site Dr. Edie Goldbacher, department of psychology; as before, you will write a 300+-word post on her presentation, including a head with a verb, […]

March 24

Seems this is networking night, as several of us have to be at events all or part of the evening. Often at this time when I am asking you to go out into the field, we would give credit for that and reduce class time (in some years we have been able to shoot during […]

March 17

It’s video session No. 1 with Ben Kalina of Mangrove Media, so I will try to take a back seat.

I will give back and comment on the and audio assignments that were due last week, so if you did not get one posted, you can still submit and get some […]

April 24

After we get things rolling, and I return a few items including reporting plans, we will have “lab” time to finish Soundslides, including narration, final export, FTP, and the gigya shortcode to embed it in your blogs. Most of these details are back in the April 3 post and you have a handout on the […]

Goldbacher new version Part I & II

OK—here is a re-exported version of Dr. Goldbacher’s presentation from April 4. This is to get it in HD in case you want to use a clip (some people indicated that in their reportring plans), and also to break it into two parts. That is required to get it in YouTube, where the limit is […]

Prof. Henstenburg videos

Here is part one of three parts of Professor Henstenburg’s presentation last week. This is edited only to set the start point. Note that the three parts were necessitated when the battery failed, and then the smart card was full. Not necessarily a bad thing, but i couldn’t easily reset the camera, so the angles […]

April 10


last call for posts on Dr. Goldbacher’s visit look at her slides and video and video download add-on’Jon Matos will continue his duiscussion of video including the summer project from last year other video resources including: some other video resources for you to consult as you go to the field next week: NewsU self-directed […]

March 27

First, a quick issue to discuss: LA Times earthquake story written by a bot

Then the agenda:

return and discussion of three assignments:; nutrition labels; audio assignment of teams for the final video project (and any other planning or sharing as you see fit); you will still be doing individual slide shows (let me […]

April 24

OK—the final assignment is up on the Assignments page, and it also links to a rubric that will be used in grading the video component. We’ll take a look at those two documents.

Then it’s last call for slideshows (three people), with some time at the end to resolve those, as well as to allow […]

April 22


you should have access to Holroyd 165 with ID swipe; they have FCP 6 (CS2) so you can’t edit on 7 and continue there, but you can start there and finish it on 7; also Jon can be available if you come to that room at 2 this Friday and next Vinny Vela will […]

Video formats

OK—here is a chart of some basic video formats. Our goal is to capture good enough HD that we could produce a DVD or broadcast-quality video, but also to post it on YouTube or Vimeo in a format to optimize file size and quality.

For posting on Vimeo, see these guidelines (videos on the right […]

Henstenburg, Palermo interview II

Here’s part 2. It’s about 10 minutes. Early on Jule Ann talks about how there are two groups—those who can shop elsewhere easily and those who can’t.

Also at about 3:30 she describes the “big dilemma” which is that lower SES people tend to be more obese.

At 6:20 she says that malnutrition directly impacts […]

Henstenburg, Palermo interview I

I’ll post these here in four parts. Jon Matos also will have video (he was closer) so stay tuned for that (check his blog). These are going to be on YouTube, so get the downloader add-on (see my YouTube video post below.

This one is 8:50 long. Note levels are still a bit low for […]

April 10

Continuing on …

A bit of a soap box first. Several people for various reasons, some of their making, some not, did not cover an Easter Food Drive event. In the former case, you need(ed) to come forward and admit and explain that to me; in any case, we needed to talk to make alternative […]

YouTube downloads

In connection with Bernadette’s question, You might want to get a downloader for YouTube videos.

Tools menu->Add-ons and then search for youtube download. I use one called Download YouTube videos as MP4 1.5.9

After you install it you’ll get a little button next to the Like/Don’t like icons. This one allows downloads as MP4 or […]

March 27

The monitor is back up, so we’ll take a quick look at some of the movie reviews. That includes a reminder about embedding YouTube video (see example on Tech Notes page—we’ll do that as well).

Then we need to do some checking in on the group planning—who has a camera (our Panasonics?), what type, who […]

Video conversion, audio this week

If you are trying one of the Panasonic cameras (don’t forget they also take good-quality stills), you might want to consider this free video converter (not sure if it times out) from Cool Utils.

Free video converter (?)

Also when you are out reporting on the food drive, consider taking an audio recorder […]

March 20

First of all, things are moving along with the project—it’s going to be called Explore Nutrition, so you can use that in your slideshows, reporting, etc.

Today we will look at

two more background resources: an Economics of Obesity academic paper as a handout, and a link to the Shorenstein Center on nutrition issues look […]

March 18

Agenda for today, mainly continuing Soundslides and introducing video:

a handout from the Wall Street Journal on menu calories at McD’s and note the food elasticities study I posted March 5 (below) reminder to get in movie reviews (should be back to you Wednesday) look at a few more instructive slideshows finish exploration of Soundslides; […]

March 13, Soundslides

Take a look at the second installment on the slideshow assignment. Then go back to the examples of slideshows on the Feb. 27 post.

You’ve got a Soundslides handout by Michelle Johnson from Gaylord Institute/AEJMC seminar. I’ll also link to another rubric for the images (Sue Robinson, Wisconsin) and a PDF on video and audio […]


Embedded with Soundslides embed tool.

Video, NBC archives, Flips

Some bits from our discussions Monday.

Prof. Collins posted a bunch of key historical videos from the NBC archives. They are on the Information tab in the Blackboard page for this class. This should get you to the password request, or to the page if you are logged in to Blackboard. Here is the 35-minute […]

Windows Live MovieMaker

Once again Microsoft has decided to reinvent one of its own wheels. The Movie Maker that we have in the lab, which ships with Vista and now Windows 7 looks like an almost-new interface. Some of you may have access to the old version, which i discuss and used here. But for tinkering today, we […]

Week 12

OK—we only have two more classes in lab, so this week will be a busy one. The main segments will be:

Group reports and discussion about your video “mission statements” plus a look at some of the footage you plan on including Video tips on shot selection, editing, and a walk through with Windows MovieMaker […]