The need for journalists to have strong social and mobile media skills has skyrocketed in the past three years, but the need for basic journalism skills remains critical, too. The bottom line is that journalism educators must prepare their students to do more than ever before. Those are the findings of an award-winning paper co-authored by Meek School Associate Professor and head of the journalism program, Debora Wenger. One of Wenger's co-authors, Dr. Lynn Owens, heads the journalism program at William Peace University; the two have been replicating this study since 2008 in order to track the needs of the journalism industry.
So the economy's tanking, newspapers are laying people off by the hundreds and no one knows what the news business will look like in five years. Depressing, right? Maybe so. But even in these tough economic times there are things you can do to improve your odds of finding a job in journalism. Want to know more? Read on... 1. Prepare Yourself in College: You can graduate with a 4.0 GPA and join whatever Greek-lettered honor society you want, but what editors want to see from recent college grads is experience. Journalism classes are fine, but there's no substitute for writing real stories, on a real deadline, that get a real byline in a real newspaper. So write for your student newspaper, then maybe move up to an editor job. And once you've got some student newspaper experience under your belt, start applying for internships.
The broadcast communications department of the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Charlotte has deployed a bonded cellular transmitter from Dejero to capture pregame video for the opening game of the first football season in the school's history. The system uses readily available cellular networks to send video from the camera to a receiver quickly and reliably. The student news crew was then able to leverage the university's Ethernet network to transmit the HD video back to the UNC Charlotte studio. The technology can be used to bring live and recorded video back to the studio from any location on campus or within the city Charlotte. And the school can now include remote live shots in its broadcasts, a capability not possible before due to cost.
Learfield Sports has introduced LiveU--the portable live video-over-cellular solution--as its newest preferred provider for college sports programming. The collaboration will provide LiveU a greater opportunity for exposure in college sports with instant access to the more than 50 institutions and associations Learfield Sports represents. Learfield has owned multimedia rights to leading collegiate programs throughout the country for four decades, and has prominence in all of the major athletic conferences. The pairing also paves the way for volume discounting for Learfield partner schools and an unprecedented opportunity for them to stream more live content via the schools' official digital platforms including websites and mobile applications. The content can be repurposed for use in other video distribution, including social media and coaches' shows.
Keeping consumer video cameras steady is difficult because of their small size and lack of weight. Because of this, Mastor Technology has created the Cheetah-CH1 and Greyhound-GR1 handheld stabilizers that automatically pan, tilt, pitch and roll a camera to counteract and cancel out any unwanted motion. The stabilizers are designed to accommodate either GoPro style cameras or various smartphones. They employ adjustable mounts and feature a built-in lightweight rechargeable battery so users can easily hold the camera in one hand for longer shots.
GoPro has announced the availability of its new HERO3+ line of cameras, featuring a 20 percent smaller and lighter design and 30 percent better battery life than previous models. These upgrades combine with an improved lens and new video capture modes. Several new mounting accessories were also announced that further enables immersive content capture during any activity. GoPro has enabled an era of self-documentation where people can now wear or mount miniature ultra wide-angle GoPro cameras to record themselves doing just about anything, anywhere. The result is a surge of immersive user-generated and professional content made possible by the versatility and affordability of GoPro's cameras and accessories.
The Patriot League, a Division 1 conference with sponsored championship competition in 24 sports, has purchased 30 JVC GY\0x2011HM600 ProHD cameras as part of 10 portable video production systems to stream live coverage of sporting events from its member schools to its digital network, in partnership with Campus Insiders. Established in 1986, the Patriot League includes 10 full members and three associate members. It has been streaming sports coverage for seven years, but had limited digital rights and only produced about 150 events per year. The Patriot League, a Division 1 conference with sponsored championship competition in 24 sports, has purchased 30 JVC GY\0x2011HM600 ProHD cameras as part of 10 portable video production systems to stream live coverage of sporting events from its member schools to its digital network, in partnership with Campus Insiders. This year, armed with a more consolidated rights package and custom-built, multi-camera HD production systems for each full member school, the league will stream nearly 250 live home games in the fall from a variety of men and women's sports, including football, basketball, field hockey, volleyball and soccer.
Integrated Microwave Technologies, LLC (IMT), (www.imt-broadcast.com) a provider of advanced digital microwave systems serving the broadcast, sports and entertainment markets, has shown its Dejero + Nucomm Connect Live camera-mounted transmitter sending video over cellular, microwave, Wi-Fi and satellite connections. The IMT system enables video crews a highly flexible and powerful alternative to traditional satellite and microwave links. The Connect Live transmitter is a combination of Nucomm's coded orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (COFDM) technology and Dejero's patent-pending adaptive bitrate cellular bonding technologies and portal management system. "This is a big win for those broadcast outlets looking for a cost-effective and reliable newsgathering solution that gives them greater range, mobility and flexibility," said Stephen Shpock, IMT Divisional chief executive.
Making pictures to support television news has changed dramatically over the past few years. From the medium's beginning in the 1950s until 1975, images were shot on 16mm motion picture film. First it was black and white and then color beginning in the late 1960s. In 1975, film images began to be replaced by video--shot using a new generation of back-breaking "ENG" (for electronic news gathering) cameras and recorders. The discipline of film was lost with video. With film, the camera operator either got it right (exposure, lighting, precise film loading) or there were no images. With video, the process began to become much more fool-proof, though not necessarily good in terms of production value. Today, news is transitioning from much smaller video camcorders to self-contained DSLRs. The reason is television news is not just for television anymore. It's now for web pages, smartphones and tablets, as well as the home TV.
JVC has announced the Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences (CRAS), a Phoenix-based audio recording, engineering and production school, has purchased four JVC GY-HM600 ProHD handheld camcorders to support its new expanded curriculum. Starting Oct. 25, CRAS will extend its 30-week Master Recording Program to 36 weeks for new students and will add live broadcast production audio as an educational focus. The JVC cameras will be shared between a new control room and 42-foot production expando trailer, which have been outfitted with oversized audio areas for more convenient instruction. "We built a broadcast production facility with a basic switching system for the purpose of teaching how audio integrates into television production," said Robert Brock, director of the CRAS Digital Department.
Applications for the 2013 Fall Kyoto Prize Journalism Fellowship are now being accepted through September 5th. The Fellowship provides an exceptional learning opportunity for journalists seeking to further their knowledge and depth of reporting in technology, science and the arts. The selected journalist will travel to Kyoto, Japan in November 2013 where he or she will attend the annual Kyoto Prize Award Ceremony, lectures and workshops November 10-12. The fellowship is open to North American journalists and covers transportation, accommodations, and per-diem expenses.
The students in the Cinema & Television Arts Department at California State University Northridge (CSUN) recently unpacked the newest addition to their lighting package, Litepanels Sola 6 Fresnel units. "They are a great addition to the lighting equipment we offer our students," said cinematography department head Richard R. Ollis. Ollis has put the new LED lights to work, demonstrating various lighting set-ups. "We used the Sola 6's with 1/4 CTO gels for key and fill lights and with 1/4 CTB as backlight to emulate moonlight," he said. "We also set up a practical candle light dinner scene to demo how they could emulate candle light on subjects sitting opposite each other at a table. The Solas 6's provided a back cross key pattern and low front fill.
As a longtime owner of Bose QuietComfort 15 noise cancelling, over-the-ear headphones, I liked the technology and was pleased to learn of a new model coming with improved noise cancelling circuitry in a much smaller in-ear version. When the new Bose QuietComfort 20i phones were introduced at a demo of the headphones at a Bose event in New York City several weeks ago, I knew immediately that I wanted a pair. I ordered them when they became available in early September. Though I like the quality and comfort level, my main issue with the larger Model 15 headphones was size. They were simply too large and bulky to have on me all the time. So I relegated them for home use and they were terrific.