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More and more reporters are being asked to produce digital online videos. And while video editing programs, such as Adobe Premiere Pro and Apple’s Final Cut, can seem intimidating, shooting digital video can, for the beginner, seem deceptively easy. After all, what more is there to do than point your camera or smart phone at what you want to shoot and press the record button? In fact, there are plenty of pitfalls that can occur when shooting a video, so here are some pointers for the novice to keep in mind. Keep the camera steady: I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen videosRead More →

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Across the country, some college newspapers are shutting down their printing presses. From the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Post to the Daily Athenaeum at West Virginia University to the paper at Ohio University, student-run publications are reducing the frequency of their printed product or ditching it all together. Editors at these papers offer a variety of reasons. Some say it is a cost-cutting measure. Others say they want to focus exclusively on their digital product and not be distracted by the hassle of producing a printed paper. I think this is a bad idea, and I’ll tell you why. First, a lot of college journalism studentsRead More →

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If you are taking your first journalism class, you’ve probably discovered that newswriting is very different from other kinds of writing. But don’t be intimidated. The newswriting format is very straightforward and you should be able to master it without too much difficulty. Newswriting is based on the idea that readers have limited time and attention spans, which means you want to put the most important information in your story at the very top, or beginning, of the story. Then, as you go from the beginning to the end of your story, the information presented should be of gradually lesser importance. This is known asRead More →