Multimedia and social networking for health journalists
Updated April 16, 2009
By Pia Christensen, managing editor/online services, Association of Health Care Journalists
Get inspired and learn the basics
Journalism 2.0: How to Survive and Thrive is a free downloadable guide that is a good way to familiarize yourself with the terms and tools of multimedia journalism. It's full of information but accessible for people just entering the multimedia arena.
Types of online media: This chart outlines what kinds of elements are used in the multimedia world and how they are used.
Technolo-J is a blog that for journalists wanting to learn more about technology. Many of its posts are written by Ron Sylvester, a reporter turned multimedia producer at The Wichita (Kan.) Eagle, in which he chronicles his journey into the online world.
This Cheatsheet on producing multimedia stories was prepared by Alf Hermida for the Knight Science Journalism Symposium. It will help get you thinking about the possibilities and the process.
Quickstudy TechBites: An evolving resource, created by Barbara K. Iverson and Suzanne McBride at Columbia College in Chicago. Initially designed for journalism teachers and students, it will help anyone who needs tto learn to get digital images from a camera to a computer, to edit photos for stories that you are putting online, to grab some audio for an online story, and to create a "Ken Burns" style video or do quick edits of digital video for "Youtube-like" videos.
AHCJ 2009 Blog Tips: Presentation from Scott Hensley, founding editor of The Wall Street Journal's Health Blog
Tips and advice for print and TV journalists who are blogging: In this podcast at BlogTalkRadio.com, Sree Sreenivasan, a Columbia Journalism School professor and WNBC-TV tech reporter, and David Kohn, The (Baltimore) Sun's health and science reporter, discuss the basics of blogging, how to get started, building traffic, building your blog's brand, making money and taking it to the next level. Kohn recently started a blog, Maryland Med, and he asks questions about blogging that many other journalists would have as well.
Danny Sanchez: How to Blog Like a Rock Star
Chris Brogans’s 40 Ways to Deliver Killer Blog Content - (Original post here)
Twitter for health journalists - This has an explanation of what it is, how to get started and how to find useful and interesting people to follow.
Journalists and social networking: A handout from Monica Guzman of SeattlePI.com
Journalists and social networking: PowerPoijnt presentation from Monica Guzman of SeattlePI.com
Audio and video
Good intro to what a compact flash recorder is and basics on using one.
Transom.org describes itself as channeling new work and voices to public radio through the Internet, for discussing that work and encouraging more. It's a good place to get some inspiration but they also do in-depth equipment reviews.
How to set up at a press conference or interview: From Phyllis Fletcher, KUOW-Seattle
Radio reporter toolkit: From Phyllis Fletcher, KUOW-Seattle
Richard Koci Hernandez has a "starter kit" of gear he recommends, including audio recorders, on his MultiMediaShooter.com site. He also outlines what gear he carries and frequently posts good examples of multimedia in use.
AHCJ's tipsheet on digital audio recording.
Poynter's NewsU blog often offers pointers on multimedia or links to other useful sites.
Andy Dickinson wrote a series of articles called "How to: Set up video for newspaper websites on a budget" that details what kind of equipment to look for - focused on what you might already have or can get for as little money as possible. Dickinson teaches digital and online journalism at the University of Central Lancashire in the UK.
Reuters has established a "mobile journalism trial" in which reporters are equipped with a lightweight kit to file and publish stories fro the road. A posting on the Reuters site details what equipment they are using.
News Videographer provides critiques of online news videos and related multimedia content as well as news about multimedia journalism contests, video gear, software, online distribution, and news about anything else related to Internet video.
Soundslides is a program that allows you to build slide shows with audio and output them as a Flash file - a common format used on many Web sites. It was created by a photojournalist, Joe Weiss, for journalists and it can be mastered fairly quickly. You can download a trial version and the basic licensed version only costs $39.95 - the basic version is more than adequate for most uses.Once you have some photos and audio, Soundslides is a great way to combine them and end up with a nice, professional presentation with limited time to learn a new piece of software.
Some examples of slideshows created using Soundslides:
There are quite a few tutorials on how to use Soundslides including this one from the Knight Digital Media Center, this one [http://mindymcadams.com/guest/diversity2/index.html] from Mindy McAdams (scroll down to Part 2), this one from photojournalist Tom Priddy, this video tutorial from Richard Koci Hernandez and this one from PopPhoto.com. Additionally, Weiss is quite responsive to questions, as are participants in the active forums.
Also see this piece: Soundslides and the rise of the audio slideshow.
Multimedia training and tutorials
These universities and journalism organizations sponsor multimedia and convergence seminars and training sessions:
- Knight New Media Center - training and online step-by-step tutorials
- University of North Carolina School of Journalism and Mass Communication - multimedia bootcamp
- Society for News Design - new media workshops
- NewsU - online training courses and seminars sponsored by the Knight Foundation and the Poynter Institute
- Poynter Institute - seminars
- American Press Institute Media Center - seminars, classes and workshops
- Online News Association - training modules (membership required)
- The JournalismTraining.org site has a searchable database of all kinds of training opportunities for journalists.
- OurMedia Learning Center is a resource for user-created video, audio, and other forms of citizens' media.
- BBC's online courses - free modules originally designed for BBC staff covering everything from using microphones and editing audio to shooting video.
- Building Google maps in minutes
- Eye-popping interactive timelines and three ways to create them
- Online Media Toolkit
- How to Start a Web Site in Six Easy Steps
- Multimedia Picker: Choose the right medium for your message