Eight years after the Great Recession sent the U.S. newspaper industry into a tailspin, the pressures facing America’s newsrooms have intensified to nothing less than a reorganization of the industry itself, one that impacts the experiences of even those news consumers unaware of the tectonic shifts taking place. In 2015, the newspaper sector had perhaps the worst year since the recession and its immediate aftermath. Average weekday newspaper circulation, print and digital combined, fell another 7% in 2015, the greatest decline since 2010. While digital circulation crept up slightly (2% for weekday), it accounts for only 22% of total circulation. And any digital subscription gains or traffic increases have still not translated into game-changing revenue solutions. In 2015, total advertising revenue among publicly traded companies declined nearly 8%, including losses not just in print, but digital as well.
There used to be a perception that a university degree would result in a bright job future. You’d put in three or four years of hard work and be rewarded by open-armed employers ready to put your skills to use. Reality is much harsher than this and getting a full-time gig can be really, really challenging. Journalism students face a particularly uncertain future, with universities continuing to pump an oversupply of graduates into the job market. According to the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance, there are an estimated 10,000 journalists employed in Australia, with an estimated 6,000 of those in freelance, part-time or casual roles. Crikey found there were 1750 journalism students enrolled across each undergraduate year level in a one-year period, equalling 17.5 per cent of the industry in just one year’s supply of graduates.
Internet broadcasting and production are easier than ever with new TASCAM MiNiSTUDIO-series personal audio interfaces. The TASCAM MiNiSTUDIO Personal US-32 is an easily affordable solution for Internet broadcasting, supplying the key tools you need, while delivering excellent audio quality. The MiNiSTUDIO Creator US-42 has all the podcasting features of the MiNiSTUDIO Personal and adds a number of features that are ideal for more advanced audio and video production.
Dejero, an innovator in cloud-managed solutions that simplify the transport of live video and real-time data across remote or mobile IP networks, will showcase the latest developments in its IP connectivity solutions for electronic newsgathering (ENG) and remote broadcasting at the IBC2016 Exhibition (Amsterdam, 9-13 September, booth 12.C56). At IBC2016, Dejero will be showcasing the latest enhancements to its LIVE+ Control management system that simplifies the task of broadcasting live from remote locations and transporting recorded content to broadcast facilities over bonded IP networks including cellular, Wi-Fi, Ethernet or satellite. The latest updates enhance monitoring, station administration, and reporting capabilities, displaying real-time analytics of network connection performance, and overall transmission quality for each Dejero transmitter.
TimeWarner Cable Sportsnet is using the Comrex LiveShot, an IP-based camera-mounted or handheld bonded cellular transmitter, to cover games live for a number of Los Angeles-based teams. This includes the LA Sparks, LA Galaxy, local high school sports, and other L.A. teams. LiveShot helps the Sportsnet crew send signals back from the field or in the stadiums during production of the more than 350 games that TWC Sportsnet covers each year. It's compact size makes it extremely portable, allowing the crew to set up virtually anywhere they need a unique POV shot. "We try to keep satellite to a minimum, and one of the things I was looking for at NAB this year was a way to efficiently get return video over IP," said Tony Sonnanstine, Senior Broadcast Engineer for TWC Sportsnet. "When I found the Comrex LiveShot, I was really excited. It's a simple product: you press one button, and you're transmitting. The return video and return audio are amazing."
TVU Networks, a provider of live IP video solutions, markets a wide range of products for live video acquisition, delivery and streamlining workflow. The company also provides a full portfolio of video-over-IP solutions designed to give video journalists innovative, flexible and reliable tools to acquire live video content from anywhere and distribute it anywhere. TVU solutions include: the TVU Grid, an IP-based switching, routing and distribution video solution; the award-winning lightweight and portable TVU One cellular live video transmitter; the fixed-mounted TVU MLink for ENG vans; the TVUMe online video content marketplace; and the TVU Anywhere app that turns an iPhone or Android device into a live video transmitter.
Comrex has unveiled version 4.0 of its ACCESS software, which includes CrossLock, a new feature included that provides video journalists with an added capability for cellular service bonding, allowing multiple networks to be used simultaneously. In addition to network bonding, the user can configure multiple networks for redundancy mode, which is a better choice for reliability on higher bandwidth links. Additionally, forward error correction (FEC) and other ACCESS reliability tools are included with the firmware. With ACCESS's portable user interface and wide variety of encoders that set the standard for innovative remote broadcasting equipment, ACCESS 4.0 enables higher quality, lower latency, and improved stability from even more locations.
Dejero, a provider of cloud-managed solutions for the transport of live video across challenging IP networks, has developed a full portfolio IP connectivity solutions for electronic newsgathering (ENG) and independent video journalism. Dejero's LIVE+ platform simplifies the adoption of IP and cloud technology for video transport between remote or mobile locations. The unique Dejero approach bonds all available networks, including 3G/4G/LTE cellular, Wi-Fi, Ethernet, or BGAN or Ka-band satellite, to deliver high-quality, low-latency video.
If you ask me which I prefer, shooting or editing, I wouldn't think twice before giving my answer: editing. The reason, I suppose, is that I'm a writer at heart, and editing is pretty much the same process, except that you're delivering your message through images and sounds instead of just words. That adds exciting new dimensions to your creativity and the way you express it. Now, I'm not going to go into the technical aspects of editing (like which software is best), because frankly, that's not my forte. As I said, I'm more of a writer than a technician. I've always said that good writing is really good thinking, and the same applies to editing.
Find out which top schools have graduate programs in journalism, which typically lead to a Master of Arts in Journalism or Master of Journalism. Take a look at what three leading institutions have to offer in terms of degree options and rankings, and use the list at the end of the resource to find other graduate journalism schools in the U.S. Graduate students who are interested in advanced studies in journalism can find programs at Columbia University, an Ivy League institution, as well as the University of California at Berkeley and the University of Maryland. Each of the three schools offers master's degrees in journalism; doctoral programs are available at Columbia University and the University of Maryland. Unique to the University of California are its dual degree programs in journalism and other major fields of study, such as law. All three schools also offer concentrations or specialized coursework in particular areas of journalism.
The Excellence in Journalism 2016 conference, September 18-21, 2016 in New Orleans, is set to be the journalism event of the year and will be host to top news professionals from broadcast, print and digital newsrooms around the country. With more than 1,500 attendees expected at Excellence in Journalism 2016, you can't miss this opportunity to partner with SPJ, RTDNA and NAJA at this premiere journalism conference. Among the highlights is the J-Expo (vendor exhibition floor) and Career Fair, where attendees can network with fellow journalists and pursue a wide variety of job opportunities.
MOJO: The Mobile Journalism Handbook is the first book devoted specifically to training citizens, journalism students and media professionals to produce professional-quality videos with only a mobile device. As journalism becomes increasingly competitive, students and emerging professionals need a broader skillset to make themselves more employable, whether as mainstream or entrepreneurial journalists. This book by Dr. Ivo Burum and Dr. Stephen Quinn, world experts in mobile journalism, provides comprehensive coverage of all the skills and practices needed to be a mobile journalist.
Hey all, Jake here, audio products reviewer for VJT. This month I'm taking a look at Hammer & Anvil's new MK ENG 600 Shotgun microphone. The ENG 600 comes from the company's new line of HDSLR professional audio production tools that equip the up-and-coming Video Journalist with everything he or she could need when trying to capture audio for video. The ENG 600 has all the features of an amazing professional shotgun microphone. Measuring 15 inches in length, the ENG 600 is surprisingly lightweight, which makes it perfect for all day shoots, whether following behind a shooter, or attaching to the top of your camera with the microphone's shock mount.