MMC 6936 / Spring

This course will allow students to hone critical thinking skills while becoming familiar with what comprises publishable audio, video and photographs.

This course will allow students to hone critical thinking skills while becoming familiar with what comprises publishable audio, video and photographs.

Objectives

  • Explore the use of still photos in online news reports
  • Write online captions optimized for search engines
  • Become familiar with the fundamentals of shooting online news images, including lighting, composition, cropping, and image selection
  • Identify current best practices by critiquing digital photography for online news reports by worldwide professionals
  • Employ hands-on exercises to measure knowledge of the fundamentals of shooting and editing original news style online videos shot with a point-and-shoot digital video camera
  • Edit video files for online use
  • Identify current best practices by critiquing digital video for online news reports by worldwide professionals
  • Critique the use of audio in online (not broadcast) news reports
  • Write voice-over copy
  • Capture and edit original digital “online-quality” audio using Audacity
  • Edit digital audio for online news reports with Audacity using archive files
  • Employ editorial news judgment in the production of audio stories
  • Identify current best practices by critiquing digital audio for online news reports by worldwide professionals

Topics

  • Online visual storytelling with photography, video and audio
  • Types of cameras, lenses, tripods, flash units, bags and other useful gear
  • Best practice methods for common online news photo types, such as: mug/headshot, close-up, weather, peak action, outdoor event / bright light, indoor event / low light, environmental portrait, group shot
  • Lighting tips and tricks
  • Photoshop best practices for online images
  • Methods for displaying online news photos: single image, Soundslides, sequence, gallery, photo essay, how-to
  • Opportunities and trends in online photojournalism
  • Methods for displaying news video online: single video, gallery, hosting options, compression, sizing, SD vs HD flavors
  • Types of recorders, mics, cords, stands/poles, mixers, bags and other useful gear
  • Best practice methods for common online news audio, such as: interview, “nat” (natural) sound, panel, press conference, for use with video, podcast show
  • Audio editing
  • Methods for presenting news audio online: single audio file, “jukebox” player, hosting options, compression, .mp3 and other file flavors