Teaching Online Journalism

Archive for January, 2009

Seeking one-day assist, Friday

I’m leading a one-day Flash workshop for journalists in Cambridge, Mass., this coming Friday. No open seats — sorry! — but I do need one unpaid runner to help the participants when they get stuck. This is a hands-on workshop, so you have to know Windows and Flash CS4 — at least the basics. It’s […]

Web design updates

I’ve been spending a lot of time updating our advanced Web design course. While it’s known around my college as “the Flash course,” we actually spend the first five weeks on CSS and XHTML. Students have already completed a prerequisite in which they learned the basics and built a small Web site from scratch. However, […]

Great example of news video

Really tight video with a wonderful animated graphic (embedded in the video) explaining yesterday’s plane crash in the Hudson River — from The New York Times. Length: 2 min. 16 sec. On-site video, interviews, well-written narration, good integration of still photos. Does anyone know what time this video went up online?

A few words about digital audio recorders

Links checked: 31 August 2011 With my students being required to own a digital audio recorder, some things have come to my attention that may be useful to others. First (and primarily) about the cheap recorders: Price. We’re talking about roughly $50 (U.S.) for a good-quality voice recorder that has a mic jack, a headphone […]

A new semester under way

I apologize to my loyal readers, who are probably wondering whether I am giving up on this blog. Well, that’s not my intention, but I have a brave new course this semester — a one-credit introduction to multimedia reporting — and I’m overhauling my Flash journalism/Web design course, which I have not taught since 2007. […]

Attention span for Web video

Peter at Video 2 Zero wrote a provocative post, with data — Ideal length for web video — a couple of weeks ago. The gist is, fewer people stick with an online video to the end if the video is longer. Longer than what, you ask? Just longer. In general, people open a video, start […]

Using WordPress.com with new Dashboard

I’ve been using WordPress (both the free WordPress.com version and the self-hosted option from WordPress.org) since June 2007 — 18 months. In that time, I’ve taught probably a couple hundred people (students and working journalists) how to start and manage a blog on WordPress.com. (It doesn’t take long, but you know, many people just prefer […]