Friday, August 28th, 2009

Top tips for professional video

The technology to make video is so widely available now that anyone in publishing can be asked to work in the medium. But though it’s easy to work the kit, it’s not so easy to make professional looking results.  As ever, the devil is in the detail. Here’s a quick link to a really good […]

Sunday, July 19th, 2009

Cecille B DeMille predicts YouTube!

Well, kinda. From the Paleofuture blog: a 1925 newspaper interview entitled “Expect Movies to be Produced in Every Home” in which legendary Hollywood producer/director Cecil B DeMille predicts that: “Within the next 20 years some householder with absolutely no studio training will produce a screen masterpiece, with no stage except that of his own parlor, dining […]

Friday, July 17th, 2009

Some more scoop on LivingScoop

A little while ago I posted about a strange invitation I received to join LivingScoop. This was, apparently, a video-sharing vehicle aimed specifically at journalists, citizen or otherwise: A very good place for training, improving and to promote and value your creativity, skills and audaciousness whether you are a journalist (student, rookie or experienced), a reporter or […]

Monday, March 23rd, 2009

Young people aren't quite the web experts you think they are

Just finished my first teaching session at Solent University – giving first year journalism students an introduction to web audio. It all went fine – certainly I had no trouble from the IT, unlike other teaching experiences I’ve had [*cough* UCA], and the students were, in the way of all the journalism students I’ve taught […]

Friday, March 20th, 2009

Mark Kermode plays folk

Legendary (or mouthy, depending on your stance) film critic Mark (”The Exorcist is the best film ever made”) Kermode had another life in the late 1980s in which he made this demo of anti-war folk song The Recruiting Sergeant. I was on bass, which is why I can post this with impunity. Of course, the […]

Thursday, March 12th, 2009

Instant video blogging

Today’s first year Farnham blogging workshop almost collapsed under the weight of UCA’s unspeakably terrible IT infrastructure. Note to the college – SORT IT OUT. None of the students’ Macs could actually launch software, and took about ten minutes to log in. If they could at all. That’s how bad it was. But, after dealing […]

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009

Seven steps to switch from print to web journalism

A challenge from Twitter Just up on the online journalism Twitter feed from Kari Rippetoe:  What advice would you give a print journalism vet to transition into web content editing? Pls twt your advice & feel free to blog about it. It’s an interesting question, and one I’m pretty much in the middle of, so OK […]

Wednesday, February 18th, 2009

Teaching web audio and video

Just got my first sessional lecturing gig at Southampton Solent – teaching first-year journalism students about web audio and video. I’m pretty pleased about this, as it was the result of a spec email I sent to the course leader. Which goes to show it’s always worth punting for work – you never know who’ll […]