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Using video to tell a story

Online video comes in several varities: High-production television-like voiceover projects, first person story telling videos, and utilitarian (uncut) segments. This Burning Man feature captures first-person narratives of the annual event, and Crisis in Darfur shows a packaged presentation from backpack journalist Travis Fox.

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Podcasts

Podcasting involves capturing & editing audio and then formatting it for automated online delivery, usually via iTunes. Podcasts are built using an RSS feed, and iTunes uses the RSS code to grab the most recent podcast and downloads it to an iPod. Actually, the RSS just points to an audio mp3 file, which can reside […]

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Producing audio for online

Writing online news in a converged environment (radio-TV-print-online) requires general knowledge of broadcast vernacular and writing styles. In general, broadcast news limits news reports to less than three minutes. Reporters seldom talk more than 40 seconds, regardless of whether it’s a live shot or in-studio shot. Online and broadcast share what I would describe as […]

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Maps and more

Online maps are sometimes used with stories to illustrate the location of the news event. The Rocky Mountain News uses map snippets with locator pinpoints, and the Denver Post uses an online map to locate homes lit with holiday lights and a Yahoo AJAX map in combination with Yahoo Pipes to pinpoint recent earthquakes. Both […]

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Ledes in online stories

Briefs and long stories part of the online mix. See CNN.com. Stories abbreviated into “blurbs.” See DenverPost.com. New formats, cell delivery demand brevity. IM trends & shorthand – ADBB. See instant messaging shorthand list. More information, shorter attention spans Good ledes Use active verbs, fewer words. Contain Who, What, When, Where, Why, How and So […]

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Web 2.0

For Feb. 29, please submit a 150-200 500 word story, news item or blog posting to the Boulder edition of YourHub.com. Registration is required. We will review the Your Hub postings. Feel free to replicate/use one of your two weekly posts to your blogger.com blog, however you must also post to your blog about your […]

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Telling a story

Good audio slide shows tell a story. Audio helps set the mood, and background sound and narrative add a web-friendly dimension. This Denver Post slide show on the Stock Show gave Kathryn Osler a venue to show more than the single image that appeared in print. The slide show was built in SoundSlides. For Feb. […]

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Slide shows

A great slide show with audio titled “Venus Rising” was produced by the New York Times about seven years ago using iMovie. This week we’ll build a simple slide show using SlideShowPro Director. (iMovie comes free with Macs. I’m not aware of an iMovie equivalent for PC’s. Let me know if you find one.) And […]

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Newspapers in jeopardy?

According to the Newspaper Association of America, daily circulation peaked in 1984 and has fallen 13 percent (to 55 million copies) by 2003. Adjusted for inflation, advertising revenue stayed flat during the same period. This Pew Research Center study shows that even as print circulation declines, newspapers are least stemming the tide by grabbing a […]

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Welcome to the CU Digital Newsroom class

at www.digitalnewsroom.net. There’s lots more to come!

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