Tag Actual Multimedia

The Sky Cowboys

Great piece by Damon Winter for the New York Times on ironworkers changing the skyline of New York.

Beautifully shot, but pay close attention to the audio work – he layering of sounds, the pacing of the voices, the tight, tight editing … all done by one of my former classmates, Pamela Chen. You could close your ideas and still see this story.

(Thanks to Mike Roy for the story lede.)

Storms Ravage the South

It has been a devastating two days here in the south as tornados have ravaged several states. The latest count has more than 200 deaths attributed to the weather.

At The Atlantic, they’ve put together a comprehensive set of images of the storms and resultant destruction.

The staffs at the Birmingham News have done a great job of showing what’s happened there, as have the journalists at the Chattannooga Times Free Press.

Hardest hit seems to be the Tuscaloosa News’ coverage area in Alabama. Spend some time with their images.

We have been spared here in the Athens area, thankfully. No reports of any major damage.

Multimedia Boot Camp


Dear Journalism Colleague,

We know this is true: good multimedia training is critical for journalists and journalism educators.

Freedom Forum New Media Training at the Diversity Institute will offer a Multimedia Boot Camp for Journalism Professionals and Educators Feb. 23-27, 2011.

The multimedia training is tailored for journalists but open to anyone with an interest in multimedia storytelling, regardless of the individual’s background. 

The hands-on training is modeled after the Freedom Forum’s acclaimed multimedia curriculum and is equivalent to a 3-credit-hour college course. It is designed for those with limited or no multimedia experience. The schedule is intense.

See and hear what our participants say: http://bcove.me/lk4qadav

The training will occur at the Diversity Institute’s state-of-the-art school facilities in the Freedom Forum’s John Seigenthaler Center, 1207 18th Ave. South, Nashville, Tenn.

Registration is available immediately and on a first-come, first-served basis. Follow this link to register online: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/REGISTER4bootcamp. Registrations for the Feb. 23-27 class will be accepted until Feb. 19. Class size is limited to 18 participants, and once capacity is reached, registrations will be cut off.

The cost is $850. Reasonable, reduced rates for nearby lodging are available. (see our website: http://freedomforumdiversity.org/workshops-and-conferences/ ) Tuition covers all supplies, use of multimedia equipment and software during training, some meals and step-by-step guides to producing audio, video and other multimedia projects. For an additional charge, successful participants can earn 3 college credits. The courses are accredited and awarded by the Media Studies Department of Belmont University.

Participants will learn how to:

• Produce multimedia on a budget, including cheap ways to record and edit audio.

• Use basic tools in Adobe Photoshop: toning, cropping and text.

• Produce an audio slideshow.

• Use Final Cut for video storytelling and editing.

• Use shotgun, stick and wireless microphones.

• Find and buy the right gear.

• Use smart phones and mobile devices to gather news.

Participants will take away:

• Audio, photo and video skills.

• One finished audio slideshow.

• Two finished video projects.

• Production skills in Audacity and Final Cut.

• Smart Phone journalism skills that will help gather and distribute news right from your iPhone, iPod, Android or BlackBerry.

• Step-by-step guides to producing audio, video and other multimedia projects.

Register by February 19 at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/REGISTER4bootcamp.

We know that budgets and time are tight. And we know that this is an investment that pays dividends. Register today.

Questions? Contact me at vhoeppner@freedomforum.org or 615/426-7160.

The Freedom Forum Diversity Institute is known for quality training and innovative leadership in journalism. Check our website for future Multimedia Boot Camps and other training opportunities. Please forward this to your colleagues, and print and post the attached flyer.


Portraits from a Job-Starved City

The New York Times Magazine has published an online package of portraits and audio interviews from Rockford, Ill. Rockford hit 16% unemployment last year and Alec Soth, from Magnum Photos, and Michael Catano headed there to talk to people who still had a job.

Most of the portraits have short audio clips with them, people talking about how they got their job, or how hard it was to find a job or how things have just changed in general.

Overall, it’s a nice documentary piece on where the community is now that looks at those who are making it, even if it’s just barely. While not an up-beat piece overall, I really liked this because it does tell the story of those who are doing alright, not those who are struggling or completely lost.

Manifestations of Moments in Time

JoAnn Cox grabs an armful of raw sugar cane in this image from Scott Bryant's Frozen in Time piece.

The end of the year brings a blitz of “the year in pictures” packages. I did them, too, when I was shooting and editing. They are a nice way to look back, see what you did and, more importantly, see what your community did.

But my old friend Scott Bryant took a different turn with his year-end package. He’s the lone photographer at Georgia’s Statesboro Herald, covering everything the community does. He’s also becoming the visual voice of the region. In his year-end review, he narrated his images with a wonderful essay on the importance and power of images–it goes way beyond “I like this because …” and really helps to explain the importance of the work he’s doing.

Well worth nine minutes of your time.

Is This the First Multimedia Story Ever?

CNN.com has a story up about Christiann Snouck Hurgronje, a Dutch adventurer, scholar and possible spy, who visited Mecca in 1885, carting a camera and an Edison wax cylinder recorder. Which is pretty forward thinking …

Belle Isle, Over Time

(Photo/Brian Kaufman, Detroit Free Press)

Gina Damron and Brian Kaufman from the Detroit Free Press put together a wonderful video piece that looks at a year in the life of Belle Isle, Detroit’s island park. Spend the time on all three pieces, worth it.

(Thanks to Seth Gitner for the link.)

Secs in the City

Up at My Old School, incoming grad students go through a six week boot camp that now includes a multimedia component. The students are required to produce a 60 second video or audio slide show about someone (or thing) within the neighborhood of Syracuse, New York.

I think this is brilliant. And, given the quality on some of these first-attempt pieces, they’re teaching this right.

Go Orange.

Painting, with Moving Pictures

This piece, funded by Stella Artois and produced by Malcolm Murray, hits me in a couple of ways … I am fascinated by the subject matter, painted signs to me are just really cool. (And I have a desire to do a project about them … someday … myself.) And I think this is really well shot and well told. Spend the 13 minutes in it, well worth the time.

UP THERE from The Ritual Project on Vimeo.

(Thanks to Khoi Vinh at Subtraction.com for the link.)

W. Eugene Smith and the Jazz Loft

The New York Times has a neat piece up that’s been compiled by Sam Stephenson – it’s a combination of the photos and audio that W. Eugene Smith show and recorded while living in New York City. He shot more than 1,400 rolls of film and recorded more than 1,000 hours of musicians inside that one building.