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My good friend Scott Bryant at the Statesboro (Ga.) Herald sent along a link to an audio slide show he did on the first Georgia Southern game of the season. He said he’d been asked to get more fans into the paper and didn’t want to do just another gallery of cheering people.

But what do you think? Does it move the needle a bit on how these can be done? And, if so, which way?

Okay, several days … but this time lapse piece of what events at the White House looks like is pretty cool. Reuters photojournalist Jason Reed spend a few weeks working on the idea and has strung together a set of images that paint an interesting picture of life on the White House beat.

Okay, I admit I haven’t read this as a whole, but I read all of the pieces as Mindy McAdams, Flash Goddess, posted them over the last year or so. She’s now compiled a 42 page PDF of her advice on stepping up your online journalism game. Given the thoroughness and inventiveness of her past work, this is a Must Read.

And it’s FREE. Yes, all that knowledge, FOR FREE. Because she cares about journalism, that’s why.

A while ago I posted a link to a CoPress piece on innovation in the newsroom. Which was very fancy, but sort of light on specifics. Turns out, that was just the start – their second piece is now up and it talks about thinks to do and change in your newsroom.

The Web-centric newsroom from CoPress on Vimeo.

A little video that tells us … well, a lot of what we already know. It does reinforce what we should be doing, though, which is handy.

I do wish it listed some ideas on things to try … it’s like you’re doctor telling you to exercise more. Um, okay … but where should I start?

A Case for Innovation from CoPress on Vimeo.

Okay, it’s a bit geeky … but this video by Peter Belanger of how a MacWorld magazine cover gets shot, edited and designed is kind of cool. And you thought the stop, pan, blur assignment took a lot of time …

FYI …

The Virtual Video Workshop – A Workshop you can attend in your pajamas.

Darren Durlach
The Durlach Attack – essential skills at the speed of news
Will demonstrate how “staying in the moment” and being an “active photographer” leads to better sound and pictures. He’ll also show some recent stories he wrote as well as shot.

Boyd Huppert
Storytelling in the Moment.
Suggestions for keeping the action going and keeping the story real; including active interviewing, active voice, and writing with natural sound.

Greg T Johnson
Seven Daily Habits of Highly Effective Editing
Great editing isn’t magic and these seven techniques can help improve anyone’s editing.

Location – a computer near you (all you need is internet access)
Date Saturday, September 19th.
Time 10:30 a.m. EST – approximately 4:30 p.m. EST
Sessions will run an hour, followed by a half hour online “chat” with the speaker.
Sessions will be taped and available online to all who register.

If you can’t commit to the entire day, don’t despair — presentations will be recorded and as a benefit of registration you’ll have free online access to all sessions at your convenience.

Each session will be an hour long and will take you “behind the curtain,” with practical discussion of the skills and techniques used by each presenter in creating their award winning work. During and between sessions, participants will be able to question speakers through online text.
The event will be hosted at The Poynter Institute in front of a live audience. In these tough economic times, prices have been kept low to make the workshop accessible:
$45.00            NPPA member
$55.00            Non-NPPA member
$35.00            NPPA student members currently enrolled in school
Free                Laid-off NPPA members who held a full time job in journalism and are currently unemployed

Visit www.newsu.org/virtualvideoworkshop to register.

We all know friends and colleagues who are worried – will their paper survive, will they survive the next round of cuts … so how do you prepare yourself to either find a new line of work or keep your current one?

If you’re a (youngish) dinosaur like me, who grew up with Tri-X, Fujicolor and F3HPs you need to learn video. But not just at a “push this button, point it that way” level – you need to know it. But where so you learn it?

There have been lots of workshops over the last dozen years that have attempted to teach photojournalists multimedia skills, but most of the best ones involved a weeks worth of time and a large outlay of cash. The National Press Photographers Association has now put together a workshop that you can do on the cheap from the comfort of your own home …

The Virtual Video Workshop is coming to a computer near you. Mark your calendar for Saturday, September 19th. Among the presenters are the first-place winners from this year’s Best of Photojournalism video contest, including:

  • Darren Durlach – Photographer of the Year, WBFF, Baltimore
  • Greg T. Johnson – Editor of the Year, WFAA, Dallas
  • Boyd Huppert – Three-time winner of the NPPA Special Award for Reporting, KARE, Minneapolis
  • Travis Fox – Multiple awards in the Web Video categories, Washington Post

If you can’t commit to the entire day, don’t despair — presentations will be recorded and as a benefit of registration you’ll have free online access to all sessions at your convenience.

The workshop will be delivered via Poynter’s e-learning site, News University to your computer.  All you need is a broadband connection and speakers to hear the audio.

Each session will be an hour long and will take you “behind the curtain,” with practical discussion of the skills and techniques used by each presenter in creating their award winning work. Between sessions, participants will be able to ask questions and carry on conversations with the speakers through online text chat sessions.

The event will be hosted at The Poynter Institute in front of a live audience. In these tough economic times, prices have been kept low to make the workshop accessible:

  • $45.00            NPPA member
  • $55.00            Non-NPPA member
  • $35.00            NPPA student members currently enrolled in school
  • Free                Laid-off NPPA members who held a full time job in journalism and are currently unemployed

More information on the NPPA Virtual Video Conference is available online, but, really, what more do you need to know? That’s unbelievably cheap for that sort of access, and to be able to revisit the info in an archived version after the event? Priceless, as the ads tell us.

Dorothy Kozlowski sent along a link to a multimedia piece she did on the University of Georgia’s summer orientation programs. I share it because it’s a really strong example of finding a story within an event – instead of having some officials ramble about what happens at orientation, she profiled one student and parent which adds a lot of detail and life to the piece.

Also first seen on the New York Times‘ Lens blog … a marvelously simple and effective documentary piece on the conversion of the abandoned High Line railway into a park. The framing of the two interviews is bordering on exquisite and there are some artsy camera movements that work amazingly well to help the viewer get s sense of place and scale.

For those who think about online compression, around 2:30 into the piece is a massive pan – and the compression is just about killing it, wiping out most of the detail. The smaller movements work, but that big one – while it would look fine at full resolution – really suffers here.