Playing With Music and Emotions

A few years back I did a talk at the Grandfather Mountain Camera Clinic titled, Photojournalism, Instagram and Artificial Authenticity. You can probably figure out where it went, that applying the latest filters to pristine images was playing with the emotions of your viewers, not helping them comprehend what was happening in the image before […]

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Widgets for Smartphone Video

I’m recently back from a week of teaching teachers at the Poynter Institute where I did a pair of sessions on using your smartphone for video journalism. As part of those sessions I showed off a bunch of widgets I’ve found useful … Stability A big issue with shooting small is getting stable video – […]

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Making Something Great

Sometime tomorrow, the Boston Globe will release a documentary on five runners who did finish last year’s Boston Marathon – and this could be amazing. For those in New England, it airs on NESN tonight at 9:30. Reporter Geoff Edgers and multimedia producer Darren Durlach were simply told, “Just make something great” by the Globe’s […]

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For the Educators in the Audience

Need to spend off a little leftover FY14 travel funding? Here’s how to do it – Poynter’s Teachapalooza is one of the best journalism educator conferences around. Three (or five) days of ├╝ber nerdy, totally geeked out learning about how to better teach journalism at the university level. Disclosure: I’m on the faculty, but I […]

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Why Situational Awareness Matters

I would like to think that I’m pretty good at paying attention to what’s happening around me. As a journalist, that power to observe was a key component of my mental tool kit. It can also be an important survival tool as one Philadelphia television reporter almost found out. The fact that neither he nor […]

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Big Changes in Orlando

Reports coming out from the National Press Photographers Associaiton that the Orlando Sentinel has told all of its staff photojournalists they have until tomorrow to reapply for new jobs that are much more video-centric. While the need to produce more video is certainly there, is this the best path? To threaten job loss? Wouldn’t a […]

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Chilling Storytelling

This … is freaking amazing. It’s a Boyd Huppert story out of KARE 11 TV in Minneapolis looking at ice caves that have formed in Bayfield, Wisconsin. And, holy cow, is it gorgeous. Listen to the sounds in this – this demonstrates the power of great audio. (Thanks to Al Tompkins at the Poynter Institute […]

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