Multimedia, Teaching

Learning to Teach Multimedia Journalism

This post was originally published on PBS MediaShift, Jan. 7, 2011.

On the right, multimedia journalism students, Christina Maggiora and Andie Adams, work alongside KPBS reporter Ana Tintocalis during election night in San Diego.

On the right, multimedia journalism students, Christina Maggiora and Andie Adams, work alongside KPBS reporter Ana Tintocalis during election night in San Diego.

Doing multimedia journalism and teaching it are two very different things. The past semester marked my first as an adjunct professor. It was probably the best thing I could have done for my own education.

At KPBS, I’ve produced online news content using audio, video, photography, slideshows, visualizations, social and interactive media. So when I was offered the opportunity to teach a multimedia journalism course at a local university, I jumped right in. After all, I had already led a number of training workshops. This is going to be easy, right? Yeah, right.

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Students Reflect on Multimedia Journalism Course

Four months ago, I met the first students in a new multimedia journalism course at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, California. Today, I submitted their final grades. I’ll be writing more about teaching multimedia storytelling in forthcoming blog posts, but as a close to a great semester I wanted to highlight some of their parting thoughts.

How Multimedia & I Came To Be Friends by Christina Maggiora

I was surprised that there is no one-size-fits-all story when it comes to multimedia. What do you mean a city hall meeting about the budget can’t be an audio slideshow? It could if focused on the emotional tension, speeches, and people affected by the outcomes.

To make a great multimedia story takes time. So much time. I now know most of the techs that work in the lab by name, because I’m begging them for five more minutes while my files compress, right at midnight, when they want to go home. And I know that I’ll be pursuing a future with multimedia, and that I’m not, or ever, done learning.

Multimedia Journalism Class Reflection by Andie Adams

Before this semester, I thought Twitter was stupid. I was frustrated that we were going to be required to update ours at least twice a week. But as I did it, I found Twitter’s usefulness in event promotion or story updating. I am actually quite attached to my Twitter account now and get much of my news by following CNN, New York Times, KPBS, etc.

To me, it is essential to learn as much as I can about putting news online, and now I feel that I can put up every utilized media onto a website. I know that I have a great deal more to learn about HTML and website building, but my foundation, due to this class, has made me more comfortable trying new things.

Multimedia Journalism Final Thoughts by Melody Karpinski

As I look back on everything we’ve managed to cover, I’m actually both excited and discouraged. I’m excited because I’ve been able to dip my toes in the water for projects like audio and video, but I’m discouraged at the realization of how little I know about multimedia one semester away from graduation and job applications.

Yet as I’ve navigated the puzzling and at times delightful maze of this course, I’ve discovered my own definition of the term. Multimedia journalism is essentially journalism in its fullest form.

Last Words on Multimedia Journalism by Kimberlee Kruesi

Seeing social media sites, primarily Twitter, as key multimedia sites was one of the key highlights of the class. Learning not to tweet about your cat but instead participate in a dialogue that could discuss the future of journalism or the requirements of a young reporter is an area I really enjoyed.

I was also surprised by the range multimedia journalism can cover. It is not simply video but blogging, metadata, RSS feeds and so much more. The possibilities found in the combination are endless. This is a new way to approach the reporting process. It is no longer about writing down what the source said but it is being able to take control of the story and decide what the right medium will be. Understanding what tools to use is an aspect of multimedia that is critical to grasp.


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Journalist’s Toolbox Updated for #spj10

This post was originally published on the Journalist’s Toolbox, a resource offered by the Society of Professional Journalists. It was republished here with permission.

SPJ National Convention

Some great links from Jeff Cutler’s online tools session and others on Monday: for mining story ideas; Advanced for detailed Twitter and hashtag searches and WalletPop, a finance site that helps you find the most dangerous neighborhoods for crime. More to come later in the convention!

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The Journalist’s Toolbox will post tweets live Oct. 3-5 from the convention in Las Vegas. Just follow @journtoolbox and the #spj10 hashtag.

Copy Editing Resources

It’s not the fanciest site on the Web, but has a great quick-reference page. Another helpful tool: Thsrs, the shorter thesaurus, which produces shorter synonyms for any word you type in. It’s a very helpful tool for writing short, tight headlines.

Twitter Resources

We’ve added dozens of new resources, including Twitter guides for journalists, backgrounds, URL shorteners and other tools on the Toolbox’s Twitter Resources page.

Mobile Journalism Resources

The Toolbox has launched a Mobile Journalism page that features links to app-making tools, readings on mobile media strategy and a list of recommended apps for journalists to use on their smart phones.

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Tips, Tools

Advanced Delicious Search Operators

You can search bookmarks on Delicious using advanced parameters. By default, searches look at text in the description, notes or tags fields. Search operators allow you to narrow the search for specific results.

Let’s say I want to find a recipe that uses lettuce and tomato as ingredients, but I don’t want BLT references:

How does this work?

  • tag:recipe – only show items with the tag “recipe”
  • “lettuce and tomato” – limit to this phrase with all words in this order
  • lettuce:tomato – show results that include the word “lettuce” and “tomato” side by side in that order, but may be separated by punctuation.
  • (X OR Y) – include any bookmarks matching either X or Y
  • -bacon -BLT – exclude results that include “bacon” or “BLT”

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Twitter Week in Review: Future of Social Media in Journalism, Production Tips, Storytelling Examples

A summary of the updates posted on Twitter by @modernjourno.

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Like it or not, Twitter has become a news platform: @mathewi points to the powerful recent examples. #columbiajsoc
Vadim Lavrusik

We're hiring! Looking for a Database reporter and Web Producer. RT? #media #journalism #jobs
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A great, meaty post from @lavrusik: The Future of Social Media in Journalism: via @mashable
Suzanne Yada

"Don't know Drupal from Django, API from Ajax, mashup from metadata? This is the list for you" by @HacksHackers
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Publish your PowerPoint Slides to YouTube (They better be good)
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Twitter Week in Review: Advice for Students, Data Processing, Audio Tools, Nerd Blog, Intersect

Looking back at a given week on Twitter, it’s amazing how any of us keep up. With a constant stream of tweets flowing by in real-time, you’re guaranteed to miss a few. “Twitter Week In Review” is a bit like a DVR for Twitter, a way to pause the stream and see the news, tools, and projects @modernjourno has encountered.

Best of the Week

Advice for the next generation of journalists (and the born again) from @jayrosen_nyu
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Excellent #wjchat tonight on using data in stories. I bookmarked all the scraping/cleaning/processing tools mentioned:
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3 Unique Ways to Record, Edit, and Publish Audio by @10000Words
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'@Intersect' Provides New Way to Share Life Stories Based on Time & Place by @mallarytenore for @poynter
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