Teaching “old” skills in a new way: How a journalism instructor integrates Storify in news writing classes

This guest blog is contributed by Maureen Boyle, journalism program director at Stonehill College in Easton, Massachusetts. Maureen has been integrating Storify in news writing classes and has some teaching tips to share with fellow instructors. Continue reading

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Sequence & variety shooting in video storytelling: A curation of tips and examples

I once created a Storify story pooling some tips and examples about video filming techniques; it was intended for a production course I taught, but has since been viewed more than 6,000 times on the web. I made some updates to the story and want to share it with my blog readers. Continue reading

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Assignment ideas for social media courses

I want to share some assignments that I developed for Introduction to Social Media Marketing, which is a 3-week open online course at MulinBlog Online J-School. If you are an instructor of social media, please offer some comments and share your course materials; if you are a student, please also share your learning experience. Continue reading

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Now free: Google Earth Pro for immersive news reports and digital storytelling

Journalists and digital storytellers can take advantage of the video tour feature of Google Earth Pro, which used to cost $399 a year but is now available for free, for an immersive audience experience with locations and places. Continue reading

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Selected readings: SWOT analysis of social media marketing

In preparation for an online course Social Media Marketing, I selected four articles that answer some common questions about social media SWOT analysis. I want to share these articles with fellow instructors and I invite suggestions on good reading materials. Continue reading

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Five shot sequence: Tutorial and example

Five shot sequence is a popular filming technique that uses five different shots to depict an activity. In my open online course Audio Slideshow Storytelling, students need to study a tutorial and create a sequence. I want to share the five-shot tutorial we use and an exemplary student work. Continue reading

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Hybrid course: A viable form of online learning for digital journalism majors

My experience teaching at West Virginia University tells me that hybrid format works well for digital journalism courses. I want to share with fellow instructors how we structure a dual-instructor hybrid course and our experience teaching it. Continue reading

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A step-by-step guide to shooting iPhone video

RTÉ journalist Philip Bromwell shot a video on iPhone and compiled a cheat sheet with shot-by-shot shooting instructions. I will use the video and the shot list as required readings in mobile production courses, and want to recommend them to anyone who needs to teach or learn mobile journalism. Continue reading

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An interview with two audience engagement editors in Gannett’s “newsroom of the future”

Audience engagement editor is a new position being created amid Gannett’s nationwide newsroom restructuring. I talked to audience engagement editors at two Gannett newspapers to find out what engagement editors do, and what skills are needed to land this job in the new newsroom. Continue reading

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2014 year in review: How I do SEO for my blog

Among other things, the routine SEO practice helps drive this blog’s traffic – about 180,000 page views and 120,000 visitors in 2014. SEO techniques deployed for this blog include (a) proper metadata writing and (b) keyword research and placement. Continue reading

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