Teaching Online Journalism

Archive for October, 2008

Online video approaches, innovation

Now we’re talking about breaking away from the so-called rules of online video. So watch this, and see what you think: Original video (bigger) here. (See the 270 comments posted there.) Videographer Benjamin Reece is a filmmaker and interactive architect from New Orleans.

The Wire writer on The Colbert Report

Last night, David Simon appeared on The Colbert Report. Here is the episode. To go straight to Simon, click the controller bar at the 14-minute mark. The Wire is a five-season series that ran on HBO. Not being an HBO subscriber, I am watching the series for the first time now, via Netflix DVD rentals […]

Data visualization resources

While I was shamelessly picking the brain of Matt Waite in recent weeks, he advised me that if I don’t have more than three to five weeks to spend on “data” (sort of akin to what we used to call “computer-assisted reporting”), what I should focus on is teaching the students something about data visualization. […]

Watching the consumers

Many journalists tell me that the numbers for Web site visitors are watched very closely in their newsrooms. They know which videos get clicks and which ones don’t. They know which thumbnails translate into high numbers for photo galleries. These numbers are driving a lot of decisions about resources — and content — on news […]

Multimedia training in Miami

JANUARY 3-6 Creating Audio Narratives Jim Seida, MSNBC, and Nancy Donaldson, The New York Times Multimedia Production Meredith Birkett, MSNBC, and Kim Grinfeder, UM SoC Teaching Multimedia: A Workshop For College Educators Rich Beckman, UM SoC, and Laura Ruel, UNC JOMC JANUARY 7-10 Creating Video Narratives Faculty: Travis Fox, WashingtonPost.com, and Jim Virga, UM SoC Creating Effective Online Infographics Alberto […]

Reassessing newspaper video

What’s up with newspaper video today? On the news that The New York Times is preparing a big new video thrust, it’s got to be worth some thought. Peter Ralph recently wrote 7 tips to encourage those of you in regional newsrooms across the U.S. who haven’t given up on video, and Rob Curley wrote […]

Getting started with Twitter

Amy Gahran explains Twitter for journalists in a new post. It includes a straight-up tutorial on how to get started. One thing I would emphasize: Twitter is all about whom you are following ( “follow” is to Twitter as the verb “friend” is to Facebook). If you are following very few people, or uninteresting people, […]