Week 6: Telling a basic multimedia news story


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This week we will fully put our foundational learnings into practice by producing a brief video piece, accompanied by photos and text, to tell a story.

As we’ve learned with multimedia, preparation is key for any multimedia storytelling. So, you need to ask the following:

  • What is the story you want to tell?
  • What mediums do you want to use to tell it?
  • What equipment do you need to do the job?
  • What media assets do you need to gather?
  • What is your plan for executing on all of it?

Once you have laid out all of the above, you are ready to go! The purpose of our class is to learn about the gathering of Multimedia News, so we will work with realistic deadlines.

On Monday, we will work in teams to use the Kodak cameras to gather 5 video clips (a total of 5 minutes, including one 30-second interview) and at least 5 still shots for a story. Here is our schedule:

  • We will have a meeting from 9:30-9:45 to discuss our story ideas.
  • We will huddle in teams from 9:45-10:00 to plan out assignments.
  • We will go out to shoot our photo and video assets from 10:00-10:45.
  • We will import our assets between 10:45-10:55 onto the computer.

As a refresher of how to best tell stories in a video format, here is a Storify that has links to video best practice examples.

Here is a link to some resources by Professor Mindy McAdams that includes sample video clips for editing exercises.

>>> In Wednesday’s class, we will learn how to use Adobe Premiere video editing software with guest Instructor Chris Martin.

Instructor Martin has provided some sample video files that we can use for editing exercises, including an audio file.

>>> In Friday’s class, we will work in teams to edit our assets and put together our stories in a completed blog post format.

>>> Our Quarterly calendar has been updated with our Group and Individual Multimedia News Storytelling assignments

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