Free online course: Video storytelling for the web

By Boyana Draganova

News University International main page

News University International main page

Another great opportunity for all you OVJ’s has opened up in the form of an online course where you can learn how to make video reports absolutely free!

Who and where?

In partnership with the Poynter Institute and the International Center for Journalists, News International University has launched the Video Storytelling for the Web course for all print or photojournalists who want to add that essential video skill to their portfolio. Of course, anyone who is already familiar with video reporting and wants to learn something new is more than welcome to sign up. You can check out the self-directed course here. Joining the course is as easy as creating a quick account Continue reading

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Newsjack: where you make the news in video

By Boyana Draganova

Every day the most popular video uploading websites, like YouTube and Vimeo, are bombarded with new submissions from everyone on the planet and their dog. Even though this is precisely why these platforms have become so widely used, the web needs more places where the user-generated content is about something more than millions of videos of ‘everybody, look at my cute kitty!’

What is Newsjack?

Newsjack main page

Newsjack main page

Newsjack is a newly emerging free online platform which works exclusively with user-generated video. Unlike any other uploading service, Newsjack is dedicated to working with citizen journalists in sharing the news that hasn’t been reported in the mainsteam media. In other words, ‘somewhere you can get the real story, from real people’. Continue reading

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New video application for Iphone by Vimeo

By Caroline Bodin

The long awaited for Vimeo application for Iphone is finally out! Vimeo blamed the fact that they were developing an application specially designed for Apple’s Iphone to explain the little delay – only about a year… But cheerio, the application is free and sounds great!

Basically you can capture, combine, edit and trim your videos, but you can also add transitions, titles and effects. If you feel like adding some music or controlling the sound levels, the application also lets you do that. Once you’re happy with your little Iphone video package, two options: Continue reading

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The Arab revolutions or how news organisations shifted towards citizen journalism

By Caroline Bodin

Last week, I was lucky enough to attend a lecture given by Turi Munthe, the mind behind Demotix.

For those who don’t know what Demotix is, you can check out their website here. Demotix is “the” agent for citizen photo-journalists out there. It works on a basic principle : they promote your work, you split the fees in half. For now, 99.9 % of their profits comes from photography but they are aiming to develop a video journalism department very soon, that should work on the same basic principle.

Demotix is only 2 years old but already counts among its clients the New York Times, the Huffington Post or even the Daily Telegraph.

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Mix and match : Online, Mobile and Television, the everywhere solutions that will change the way we consume the news

Google TV Logo

Google TV Logo

By Caroline Bodin

Mobile streaming & TV everywhere solutions are being developped by tech savyy companies inlcluding Google and Adobe but also directly by TV channels like CNN, Sky news or even less known distributors like Mobovivo, who create funky little TV applications for mobile devices. Other solutions have already proven worthwhile like Livestation, already used by BBC News, Al Jazeera and many others broadcasters.

According to R&DMag, the demand in video streaming for mobile devices is growing so much that ‘‘wireless cell phone traffic is expected to increase by as much as 65 times by 2014, with most of this increase in the form of streaming digital video. If the forecast holds true, Continue reading

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Anti-cuts protests shake the streets of London

By Boyana Draganova

Protesters carrying a Trojan horse which was set on fire later in Oxford Circus

Protesters carrying a Trojan horse which was set on fire later in Oxford Circus

2011 will undoubtedly be remembered as the year when the people had enough. Enough with their governments turning back on their word; enough with the system for procuring a decent education, creating your own private business and retiring with dignity adjusting itself to the wallets of the rich instead of the needs of the hard-working public. These issues among many others were on the minds of the hundreds of thousands of protesters marching in London on 26 March.

Even though the mainstream media covered the event by air and land, their cameras failed to capture certain noteworthy details about the march: a baby sleeping calmly in its Continue reading

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Apple’s Ipad 2, the best tool out there for online video and journalism?

By Caroline Bodin

Fans had gathered yesterday at the Apple store on Regent street, some queuing for more then 30 hours. Press play for news went out reporting with an Iphone on the Ipad 2. I met a few of the fans on Regent street, and talked to them while they were queuing. Here is what they had to say about it :

The Ipad 2, what makes it so special ?

About 300 people were queueing yesterday to get their hands on the new Apple phenomenon : Ipad 2. According to the fans around, Continue reading

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