Free resource: Reporter’s Guide to Multimedia Proficiency

Noted journalism educator Mindy McAdams has collected 15 of her blog posts on multimedia journalism into the “Reporter’s Guide to Multimedia Proficiency.” The free 42-page PDF document is available in English and Spanish and is “fully linked and usable online in most Web browsers, or in Adobe Reader, or in Preview on the Mac OS.” Invaluable for the next generation of journalists!

Good tutorial for adding audio clips to stories

Here’s a great little tutorial to help students embed audio clips in their online stories: “How to Embed MP3 Audio Files In Web Pages With Google or Yahoo! Flash Player

Journalistic recording rules

Geanne Rosenberg explains the basic rules and ethical values of citizen journalism in regards to recording audio and video. Issues discussed include private property, privacy, public forums (places where journalist are free to record), government rules in dealing with the media, personal intrusion, and how to deal with children. Important facts about recording of phone conversations are included in the article. Rosenberg notes:

In terms of recording of conversations, some states within the U.S. are one-party states that allow a person who is a party to a conversation to record that conversation without the knowledge of other participants. Other states are all-party states that require that all parties to a conversation know about or consent to any taping. Eavesdropping and surveillance can also lead to criminal and civil sanctions.

Supplement or substitute? A look at the use of podcasts

In “Podcasts as a side dish, not the main course”, Mindy McAdams discusses the use of podcasts by professors as well as in the journalism industry. She gives tips as to how to successfully produce a podcast and use it to “create an audience.” A couple of examples are used to demonstrate her point:

Think outside the traditional medium and its delivery methods. Think about drive time, commuting time. Check out these two non-journalism independent podcasts and notice how they are promoted and archived:

    Coffee Break Spanish: Learn to speak Spanish while you’re drinking one latte a day.
    SCTRCST (Scootercast): About once a week, DaveM talks about scooters — you know, those two-wheeled vehicles that are smaller than a motorcycle and bigger than a moped.

Advice for shooting video

While Bill Pryor’s “Top Ten Mistakes of Rookie Filmmakers” is geared to filmmakers, it offers solid advice for those new to shooting video. Even if you plan to shoot just short clips for online use, you’ll find Pryor’s tips very helpful. No. 1 on his list? Bad sound. “Remember it’s an audio-visual medium. Audio and video are equal.”