The Department of Transportation's Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has proposed a framework of regulations that would allow routine use of certain small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) in today's aviation system, while maintaining flexibility to accommodate future technological innovations. News organizations and independent Video Journalists have been experimenting with the technology for about a year and have been eagerly awaiting these proposed rules because UAS 'drones' can provide unique overheard viewing of breaking news stories. The current unmanned aircraft rules remain in place until the FAA implements a final new rule.
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.
The Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University (ASU) has adopted mobile newsgathering technology from Dejero as a core component of its curriculum for broadcast journalism students. The Cronkite School has deployed Dejero LIVE+ transmitters for use by students to provide live, remote coverage of breaking news and feature stories for the on-campus public television station, Eight, Arizona PBS (KAET). In addition, more than 30 students have installed the Dejero LIVE+ Mobile App for the iPhone in order to go live with broadcast-quality video whenever and wherever they encounter breaking news, including Cronkite News bureaus in Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. "The Walter Cronkite School is committed to embracing the most leading-edge newsgathering technologies available in order to provide our students with the broadcast journalism skillset they'll need for successful careers," said Mark Lodato, assistant dean and news director.
Dejero, makers of bonded cellular and other types of portable transmission solutions, has unveiled a portable video transmitter package called LIVE+ GoBox. It combines the company's LIVE+ professional-grade mobile transmitter, used by video journalists around the world who are transmitting content from around the world. LIVE+ GoBox is Dejero's newest portable transmitter that allows video journalists to broadcast live from virtually anywhere with bonded cellular, Wi-Fi, and portable satellite connections. Or, they can record up to 40 hours of HD video to the GoBox for later broadcast.
Nexstar Broadcasting Group has signed a deal to deploy TVU Networks' TVUPack IP newsgathering solutions and TVU Grid IP video switching, routing and distribution solutions across many of its broadcast stations. The independent broadcaster chose TVU due to the solution's resiliency, ease of use and ability to transmit over multiple cellular, satellite and microwave connections. With 105 television stations and 34 related digital multicast signals serving 56 markets across the United States, Nexstar stations reach approximately 15.6 percent of all U.S. television households. Nexstar plans to deploy TVUPack TM8200 mobile IP video transmitters to its various stations in order to easily distribute and share live IP video streams across the group.
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."
If you're a young person seeking to become a Video Journalist, it has never been a better time. There's an old saying: "With chaos comes opportunity." Nothing could be truer today in the scrambled field of image-making. A friend who is a veteran still photographer told me the other day that he can't advise anyone to aspire to being just a still photographer anymore. Today, he said emphatically, the new field of choice is multimedia storytelling -- video, photography and a mix of everything else thrown in. The market for video-centric image-making is growing fast. But it's not just the old image-making categories anymore. Now you are expected to combine text, images, video, audio and other elements to tell a compelling story. How you do that and how unique your talent is will make or break your career. If you're a young person seeking to become a Video Journalist, it has never been a better time. There's an old saying: "With chaos comes opportunity." Nothing could be truer today in the scrambled field of image-making.
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..