Visual and audio elements merge to provide added dimension to storytelling

Video has opened up a lot of new possibilities as me as a journalism adviser. During the first four years of my role as adviser, I had to be taught InDesign and Photoshop by the newspaper students who tolerated me as I learned the ropes. After moving schools, I was thrilled when the journalism position … Continue reading Visual and audio elements merge to provide added dimension to storytelling

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Camtasia tutorials allows teachers to show and tell

Technology should make life easier, and in this case, I think it will keep me from having to a broken record in the journalism classroom next year. When I saw I had to develop a tutorial that would help my students integrate more multimedia elements into their publication, I knew exactly what topic it should … Continue reading Camtasia tutorials allows teachers to show and tell

Interactive tools provide more layers of coverage

Interactive tools are fun and innovative, but I cannot always find opportunities to use them (or at least convince my students that they should integrate them more). This year, we have used more interactive tools than in times past. In the program I advice, students used Google Forms to do polls about school safety, and … Continue reading Interactive tools provide more layers of coverage

Capturing meaningful conversation is worth the challenge

The interview podcasting assignment taught me a few new things while reinforcing some others. I learned the following new things: The art of conversation truly is an art, and I am in a new sense of awe when it comes to some of my favorite podcast personalities, including Sarah Koenig, Ira Glass, and Terry Gross. … Continue reading Capturing meaningful conversation is worth the challenge

Using manual settings helps photographers understand camera mechanics

“If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.” This statement never rang more true for me than when I tried to master the manual settings of my Canon T5i DSLR camera.  It didn't take long to become keenly aware of the disparity between my academic expertise and my ability to apply that knowledge. On … Continue reading Using manual settings helps photographers understand camera mechanics

Journalists use multiple tools to tell stories

A seasoned journalist knows this truth: there’s always more than one side to a story. The multimedia journalist knows another.  Multiple ways exist to tell that story:  photographs, video, written text, and other interactive media. The more, the merrier, as long as they all serve a purpose. In an age when news consumers have literal … Continue reading Journalists use multiple tools to tell stories