All of the gloomy reports about newspaper circulation rapidly dropping, network news ratings declining and reporters being laid off might lead you to believe that journalism itself is dying. But journalism is alive and well. It is just that the way reporters do their job is changing. With the growing popularity of the Internet, gone are the days of print-only or TV-only newsrooms. Media companies no longer have to wait for the evening broadcast or tomorrow's edition to report the news. Almost all media outlets are breaking stories on their Web sites, and the news cycle has become 24-7. Journalists need to change, as well. Instead of thinking of themselves as only print journalists or broadcast journalists, they need to think of themselves as journalists, period.
Consumers may still be waiting for their toilet paper to arrive by drone, but unmanned aerial vehicles will soon help deliver their cable news. CNN announced Monday that it has entered a deal with the Federal Aviation Administration to integrate drones into its newsgathering and reporting. "Our aim is to get beyond hobby-grade equipment and to establish what options are available and workable to produce high-quality video journalism using various types of UAVs and camera setups," said CNN senior vp David Vigilante. "Our hope is that these efforts contribute to the development of a vibrant ecosystem where operators of various types and sizes can safely operate in the US airspace."
The LU200 bonded cellular transmitter from LiveU is gaining momentum with video journalists looking for a compact and affordable way to send video back to the news van or station newsroom directly from the camera. The LU200 opens new live coverage opportunities, enabling every field camera to be equipped with a bonding uplink unit. Weighing just over 1 pound and available in a pouch or camera-mount configuration, the LU200 features two built-in 4G LTE/3G modems with integrated antennas that can take advantage of any hotspot or data carrier. The LU200 can also serve as a standalone H.264 AVC video encoder with integrated satellite functionality, or be used as a LiveU DataBridge mobile hotspot for all IP applications in the field.
Syracuse University is making a big statement in media education, with the recent unveiling of its brand new Newhouse Studio & Innovation Center. An expansive $18 million facility, it is designed to teach the next generation of media professionals with a full complement of professional production equipment that includes four Ikegami HDK-95C camera systems, as well as four new HDL-57 one-piece multi-format HD cameras, both with 2.5 mega-pixel CMOS sensors. The Ikegami cameras will be in use across two soundstages and three control rooms, and will see extensive use by students across three departments: traditional radio/TV/film, broadcast journalism, and online journalism.
The Film & Television Department of Boston University (BU)'s College of Communication offers degree programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels for approximately 350 students annually. Students begin their training on entry-level gear, and gradually work their way up to using high-end equipment, which includes a large complement of digital cinema cameras, digital SLR cameras, and lenses made by Canon. "Graduate programs are focused, and include a thesis film," said Charles Merzbacher, Associate Professor and Director of Production at BU. "The undergraduate degree, however, does not differentiate between film, television, writing, or production studies. Undergrads choose from various 'ladders' of courses, and they can either be generalists or specialists - that's really a matter of their own individual needs."
Waterloo, Ontario-based Dejero has announced the LIVE+ GoBox, a professional-grade mobile transmitter for newsgathering professionals and video content contributors on the move. Dejero's newest portable transmitter is the company's most versatile and rugged to date, enabling mobile journalists to broadcast live from virtually anywhere with bonded cellular, Wi-Fi, and portable satellite connections, or record up to 40 hours of HD video for later broadcast. Built for demanding situations where the unit might get jostled, in the midst of a large crowd or a moving vehicle, the GoBox has undergone rigorous vibration testing to ensure it can withstand such environments.
Video systems provider Endless Potential Media Group (EPMG), based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, used a series of special “webcasting” transmitters from Dejero for its live streaming coverage of the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon (STWM), which took place on Oct. 19. Using eight rugged and portable LIVE+ 20/20 transmitters deployed on motorcycles, EPMG produced a nine-camera HD webcast for live streaming to the STWM website and Canada Running Series YouTube channel. "The ability to stream live HD coverage to the Internet means we had an opportunity to share the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon with running communities all over the world. That kind of reach would have been difficult, if not impossible, with traditional television broadcasting," said Alan Brookes, race director, STWM. "With the Dejero mobile transmission technology, we were able to bring the marathon to the world very cost-effectively without sacrificing video quality."
So far we've looked at skills most anyone can be taught or trained to do. With writing — otherwise known as the execution of "a good story, well told" — it is much harder because no one can teach another how to write a compelling story. As with the visual artist, recognizing and writing a story is a talent that comes naturally. Not everyone can do it. Others can guide you in the right direction and give you tips, but no one can teach another person to write. That may sound contrary to what "trainers" will tell you, but it's true. However, becoming a good writer is essential to videomaking. It's part of the "talent" part of the process. You must learn how to construct a story from the ground up in compelling prose. In this section, we'll look at what it takes to be a multimedia writer, but we can't tell you how to do it.
Vizrt Helps Video Journalism Students Learn Graphics Creation With New Starter Program Viz Artist designers are some of the most sought after broadcast designers in the world. Vizrt is offering a special program for all aspiring broadcast designers to give their careers a head start in the media industry.The Vizrt Student License Program is offered to both freelancers and students (enrolled to educational institutions). The program has been created to provide special pricing for Viz Artist, Vizrt’s real-time 3D modeling and animation application that is used to design scenes for all of Vizrt’s graphics products. Using specially licensed software and a series of tutorials, you will become an expert in what’s become the design standard for broadcast.
The National High School Journalism Convention is a semiannual gathering of high school journalists and advisers sponsored by the Journalism Education Association and its partner, the National Scholastic Press Association. The associations partner to prepare hundreds of practical and professional learning sessions, from high-profile keynotes to specific, problem-solving breakouts, hands-on workshops and discussion groups.
A couple of months ago, I was intrigued by a new 360 spherical camera that I immediately realized would allow video journalists to enhance certain news stories, especially on station web sites and perhaps as huge images for projection on the background of news studio sets. Ricoh, the company making the new Theta camera, had the same idea for news acquisition and sponsored a contest called "Spherical Report 360" that asked journalists and wannabe journalists to post 360 degree images on a website controlled by CNN. The purpose of the project is to explore new expression methods and possibilities for news images by using the very simple, pocket-sized Ricoh Theta camera..