Resources for Video Editing

As noted in class, you are not REQUIRED to do any fancy video editing. It’s up to you. However,  some resources that you can use are below. Also, note what I posted on Facebook about Getty Images.

 Apologies for not formatting these links properly – bad blogging practice! But it’s a busy day. 🙂

Knight Digital Media Center Tutorials

On Shooting:

And editing:

Steve Fox has a number of tutorials (video at bottom)

Journalist’s Toolkit video resources

Brilliant University of Florida journalism professor Mindy McAdams: “Five Shots, 10 seconds”

Five essential fair use resources for online video making:

Legal music for videos:

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Reminders from class 3/5

To do for after spring break: 

1.   Create a video, upload it to YouTube and share it via social media. Your video should in some way reflect your topic of focus. We will be competing to see who gets the most views, and there will be an as yet undetermined incentive for that. We’re all friends, but come on, this will be fun. MAX length is three minutes but that’s probably too long; the shorter the better.

2.     Embed the video on your blog in a post. (If you really can’t figure out how to embed it, you can do a link, but I’d suggest asking me to show you how to do it or using Google. It’s a good skill to have)

3.     Personal reflection on your experiences creating and sharing the video should include thoughts on: How can you continue to use video to enhance your blog?  How do you think professionals in your future desired career – journalism, public relations, advertising, or any other could best utilize these sites?

4.     Read for next week and reflect in journal blog.

Optional: Play around with some of the new tools we talked about. Try to make a quality Instagram video.

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Two things today: #Memstorm/#Memice and #joscar

Don’t forget tonight is #joscar night. Most of you don’t really need extra credit, but hey, if you want I’ll give some if you want to participate and create a Storify. Mostly this is for fun and for community building. 
Also, we have a storm brewing here in Memphis once again. This can be a really good thing to use Twitter for. I’m not sure at this point if the favored hashtag will be #memstorm or #MemIce – we’ll see how it evolves. I encourage everybody to post as relevant what you are observing from your neighborhood. 
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Reminders 2/26

1. You will need to produce 5-10 GOOD photographs related to your blog topic (You will want to take many more and select from those). Your goal is not just to take nice pictures, although that helps. It is to drive engagement on social media.
2. You will need to share these photos on at least one of social sites we talked about in class or another one of your choice, e.g. Instagram, Flickr, Pinterest, etc. using proper tags/hashtags. Keep track of and describe the kind of feedback or engagement you got with these photos.
3. Put at least one of the photos on your blog with a caption. If you would like, build a slideshow.
4. In reflecting on the blog on your experiences this week, consider: What are some of the advantages and disadvantages of the sites you’ve used for your topic area? How can you use photos going forward as semester continues to enhance your blog or website? How do you think professionals in your future desired career – journalism, public relations, advertising, or any other – could utilize these sites productively?
5. In your journal blog, discuss what are you learning from the photo-a-day process so far.
6. As always, do reading reflection on journal blog

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Reminder: Today is #SocialJ #FF

No, I’m not going to grade this, but could be a cool way for you to find some new people to follow. Use both hashtags.

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Reminders Class 2/19


Do a Twitter chat and describe your experience on your journal blog YOU CAN TAKE TWO WEEKS TO DO THIS.


Show your blog (essentially a prototype at this point) and explain your topic of focus to at least one potential member of your blog’s community/audience. Ask them for early feedback on your idea. What kinds of content or features would they be looking for in a blog like yours? What kinds of things do they NEED or WANT to know? Do they have any problems or needs within your topic area you could solve for them? For example, perhaps a potential reader of your niche food blog has a specific allergy and could use some information on how to avoid that ingredient, or similar. Write up what you learned from this person. This could be posted on either one of your blogs, depending on what you think is best. Ideally, talk to more than one person about this. NOTE: THIS IS A COMBO OF MINI-CROWDSOURCING/ALSO CUSTOMER DISCOVERY/DESIGN THINKING


Create at least one post on your topic/beat blog. Post can be about anything you would like. Maybe it’s a roundup of relevant links with a summary, maybe you went to a relevant event and you want to write about it. WE DON’T WANT NAKED BLOGS 🙂 If you’ve already done this, bully for you!


As always, you will want to do the readings for next week and post about them on the travel blog.


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Reminders 2/12

Assignment for next week:

1.   Set up new WordPress blog for your topic of focus/beat. This is SEPARATE from your journal blog. I know, two blogs, crazy! Choose a name for it carefully, and a theme. If you’ve already done this, bully for you. Send me the URL and I’ll create a new blogroll.

2.   Create about page for this topic blog.

3.   Set up blogroll on your topic blog with at least five sites related to your topic. Here’s how to do it.

4.   Sign up for at least one email newsletter and/or an RSS feed reader related to your beat (you might want to sign up for some related to our profession more generally, too). There are many possible feed readers out there – do some research to see which one you think best suits you. For example, here are some possibilities, including Feedly.

5.   Set up Google Alerts for your blog topic

6.   If you are already a blogging whiz, or have a topic blog set up already, are there any new features or widgets you could add? If your blog is pre-existing, be sure you do at least one new thing to spruce it up. Describe what you did in your journal blog

7.   Make a list of at least five ideas for blog content . Ideas don’t have to be refined but should be specific. You can put this on your journal or topic blog.

8. Do readings for next week and post in the journal blog as per usual.

Couple of things to remember:
1. We have a pretty wide variety of skill levels and experience in this class. This means that to some degree you have to take responsibility for challenging yourself. If you are new to WordPress, keep it simple and focus on doing the best you can. Don’t get boogered up – half of doing this successfully is attitude. UNC journalism undergraduates are learning Python: WE CAN DO THIS. If you already know what you are doing, there are still plenty of things you can do to enhance/learn/expand.
2. Journal blog is your space to reflect, measure, evaluate what you are learning/reading. You should be aware that it’s public and people can see it, but at the same time, the primary readership is internal, so you don’t have to focus on perfection. Topic blog is designed as a “hub” for your social media presence focused on drawing an audience around a topic. 
3. The idea here is to do what John was talking about – find your passion, and enjoy this process. 
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Reminders Class 2/5

For next week:

Scavenger Hunt – there are on-campus and off-campus versions. Pity the Madison students – it is -2 there today.

 Create some lists on Twitter related to your beat and other interests. Find some new people to follow related to your topic of focus and other interests. Start interacting with others in your area of focus. Describe what you did in your journal blog.

 Read and reflect on readings for next week in your journal blog.

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Reminders from class 1/29

Due next week: 

1. If you have not already sent me your Twitter handle, please do. The account must be “public” or you will not be able to use hashtags effectively. If you are new to Twitter or haven’t used it much, start getting into the habit of both posting and browsing your stream a little at least once a day. Write down any questions you have about how to use Twitter as we will be talking about it more next week. If you are already an experienced Twitter user, think about some ways to expand and improve your presence and community there in relation to your topic of focus.

2.   Develop a list of at LEAST three other blogs or Web sites that meaningfully address your topic of interest.  For professionals, a blog is often a “hub” for other social media activity occurring around the web. Summarize and evaluate some of the key features of each blog or site using bullet points on your journal blog. Answer all of the following questions: What kind of problem do these websites/blogs help solve for their audience and/or what needs do they fulfill? What do they do well? What could they improve? Can you identify any gaps in their content or features that a competitor could fill, and how is what you could offer different or better? Look at their social media presence and the comments or interaction they get: Are they cultivating an active community around their site?

3.   Do readings for next week and reflect on them on your journal blog.

4.   Start making a habit of following blogs and Twitter accounts related to social media and digital technology, such as Mashable, TechCrunch, ReadWrite, Nieman Lab, or others. Share interesting links with our class. Use a bookmarking service like Delicious or Evernote to save and tag links you think might be useful to you in the future.

5. #JBowl – no, this is not on the syllabus, and we haven’t really talked about Twitter yet. But let’s do it! SuperBowl has something for everyone – hate football? Well,there are always the ads, the halftime show etc. Or, you can use Twitter to express your disdain for all the above things. IMPOSSIBLE for you to watch even a few minutes? Google some of the ads or other clips that will be posted online after/during the game. Some of you have done this before, but it can be an interesting learning experience to actively participate in an event online. Tweet your thoughts/observations using the hashtag #jbowl. Show us “the scene” where you are watching the game. Respond to other folks also using the #jbowl hashtag. Create a Storify of the above…and include a few other tweets you found fun or interesting.

Storify How To: and see slides.

Note:You can ALSO use other more common hashtags if you want to, but those are going to be really crowded on the big day, so be sure you use #jbowl so we can talk to each other. Dr. Willis’s class and maybe some others will be doing this as well.

Sample Storify from the Grammys – yours should include your tweets as well:

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Two reminders

1. Please send me separate, direct links to each separate post you did for each week, if you did more than one. I’m creating a blogroll of all the journal blogs, so it’s not that I can’t find them – it’s just that when I’m trying to track this many students at once, it helps to have direct links so I’m not searching around for people’s stuff.

2. Part of our goal here is to teach you the power of networks – as Shirky describes it when he talks about finding the cell phone. I am more than happy to answer questions, but there is one of me and 16 of you, plus a similar number in my other class. You could try posting some questions on the class Facebook page to see if others had the same issue or could help. Might be quicker. Just a suggestion. I plug away as fast as I can here, but answering 16 individual questions via email takes longer than answering it once on Facebook or even through this blog or the email listserv.