Newsroom salary highlights: TV salaries gain ground, not radio; winners and losers and starting pay; who is under contract... The latest RTDNA/Hofstra University Annual Survey found that local television news salaries rose by 1.9% in 2014. That's up by 0.3 from a year ago, and with inflation an extremely low 1.6%, that means that TV news salaries gained slightly in purchasing power last year. The spread of 0.3 this year at least beats the 0.1 difference a year ago.
Last month Chicago videographer Colin Hinkle was granted FAA approval to fly his drone commercially, opening the door for Hinkle to finally use the technology with local news channels where he has worked as a freelance shooter. And last week Hinkle got the call for his first live assignment, an aerial video of the Bloomingdale Trail, a $90 million project to turn part of the old Bloomingdale Rail Line into a 2.5 mile long park. It's a breathtaking view of the trail, and it marks a monumental moment in drone news coverage.
New Zealand-based production company Kinetic Media used Dejero's LIVE+ bonded cellular mobile transmitters to stream live HD video from field locations to outside broadcast (OB) trucks during televised coverage of the inaugural Challenge Dubai triathlon. Mounted on motorcycles, the rugged and portable LIVE+ transmitters allowed Kinetic Media to transmit live video directly from the men's and women's swimming, running, and cycling courses. "Once again, Dejero's LIVE+ transmitters gave us a first-rate alternative to traditional satellite and microwave trucks for capturing the excitement of a triathlon," said Richard Sutcliffe, producer, Kinetic Media.
TVU Networks, a provider of live mobile IP newsgathering solutions for video journalists, has been traveling around the country demonstrating its range of technology, including its TVU One IP newsgathering video transmitter; MLink cellular 3G/4G LTE, satellite and microwave live video uplink transmitter; TVUPack TM8200 mobile uplink backpack transmitter; and the TVU Anywhere application that turns laptops and smart devices into transmitters.
Dejero, a provider of remote acquisition, cloud management, and multiscreen distribution technology for the acquisition of live video over IP, has joined with Aeryon Labs, a Waterloo, Ontario, Canada-based manufacturer of small Unmanned Aerial Systems (sUAS, a.k.a. drones) to offer secure, real-time distribution of HD video captured by Aeryon sUAS through the Dejero LIVE+ platform. This will enable video journalists to integrate live video captured with drone technology into their newsgathering productions. Dejero is also headquartered in Waterloo. "There is significant and growing interest from broadcasters--especially newsgathering organizations--in drone technology because it brings a unique perspective and closer, more intimate live content, while providing greater context to news stories," said Brian Cram, CEO of Dejero.
Now in its fourth year, The Social Journalism Study, conducted by Cision and Canterbury Christ Church University, charts the changing ways journalists and media professionals use social media for their work and in their communication with PR professionals. This report gathers data from the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, Finland, Sweden and Australia, which have been part of this study for three years. The study has included other countries in its lifespan but only those that have been included every year are compared here.
Fort Hays State University (FHSU), a thriving and diverse college located in Hays, Kansas, has implemented Avid's "Everywhere" platform to create an end-to-end media production workflow based upon the Avid MediaCentral Platform. FHSU is also an Avid Learning Partner school, offering Pro Tools and Media Composer certifications as part of their official curriculum. By partnering with Avid, FHSU is providing students with the hands-on training and certifications they need to compete for the industry's best jobs. "Fort Hays students are given every opportunity to develop their skills, make mistakes, and get their hands on equipment in their first or second semester..."
Rushworks, based in Flower Mound, Texas, offers an easy and highly cost-effective way to produce multi-camera video programs using a tablet or touchscreen interface. Using one of the company's VDESK or REMO systems, a single operator can control multiple PTZ (pan, tilt, zoom) robotic cameras. Both systems support up to 12 HD or SD-SDI inputs, includes a dual player, PIP and chromakey, transitions and DVE effects, a multi-layer DSK and the ability to perform multi-format video streaming.
The SP series of portable tripods from Shotoku Broadcast Systems opens up a whole new range of applications from professional Video Journalism to broadcast. The SP 100 tripod system includes a 100mm ball pan-and-tilt fluid head, a single telescopic pan bar, a 100mm bowl two-stage aluminum tripod, and a floor spreader.
Zylight, a manufacturer of innovative, premium LED lighting solutions, has introduced a compact on-camera light designed for broadcast news, independent video journalists and other run-and-gun shooting applications, called "the Newz." The variable white light includes brightness settings from tungsten (3200K) to daylight (5600K), while a unique articulated arm design allows shooters to easily adjust the height and angle of the light. "The Newz is not your ordinary on-camera light. It produces a significantly higher quality of light that's comparable to the output of our larger, world-class lighting instruments," explained Joe Arnao, president of Zylight. "It is a soft but punchy light that complements skin tones, so reporters in the field and the people they interview will look their best."
Today's videographers want their gear packages light in weight and compact in size. This not only cuts travel costs, but allows videographers to work faster in high stress level video shoots. Late last year I traveled to the South to record some video interviews. As with many shoots these days, I was a one-man-band. After that trip — as I have done countless times before — I cursed the heavy weight of my video gear and slowly begin the process of lightening things up. I began by laying out the assortment of gear in an effort to see where all the unnecessary weight was. Much of it, I quickly determined, was in electrical cable and outlets, light stands, tripods and quartz light fixtures with their accessories. I knew it was cumulatively too heavy and I began to investigate how I could effectively replace the stuff with smaller, less bulky equipment for the road.
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. Other convention activities include an exhibit hall with vendors who sell to student media, JEA's on-site Write-off contests, NSPA's Best of Show contest, receptions, awards convocations, critiques, career roundtables and evening entertainment. The next one is Nov. 6-9 in Washington, D.C. Don't miss it.
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..