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.
Reporter Hilde Kate Lysiak got the tip early Saturday afternoon that there was heavy police activity on Ninth Street. She hustled over with her pen and camera, as any good reporter would, and soon she posted something short online, beating all her competitors. Then, working the neighbors and the cops, she nailed down her scoop with a full-length story and this headline: "EXCLUSIVE: MURDER ON NINTH STREET!" The online story not only beat the local daily paper, but she also included a short video from the crime scene, assuring viewers that "I'm working hard on this investigation." Then Monday came and Hilde had to go back to third grade.
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.
Sony has unveiled its latest 4K camcorder, the compact and highly affordable PXW-Z150, which combines enhanced low-light performance and a number of fast file transfer options for professionals who need to quickly and easily shoot, edit and deliver broadcast-quality content. The PXW-Z150 will ship in April at a suggested list price of $3,595. The company said the new PXW-Z150, Sony's third professional 1-inch camcorder, features a stacked 1.0-type Exmor sensor, highly unique in a professional camcorder. It features a 1.0 type stacked Exmor RS CMOS image sensor, allowing shooters to capture sharp pictures in low-light conditions. A high-speed read-out ensures high-speed motion shooting with minimum distortion.
Dejero, a provider of cloud managed technology for the live transmission of video over IP networks, will be providing on-site support at the Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Broadcasters and independent video journalists will be able to rent, lease or buy systems to boost their coverage. With athletes from 206 countries competing, this summer's Games will demand rich coverage from all of the broadcasters in Rio. Dejero helps get the right shots in the right places through its IP network connectivity options, allowing camera crews and journalists to pick their best locations to deliver live feeds back to their broadcast facilities and to viewers around the world.
When I was at film school, a common complaint was the hyper-specialization of movie sets. You had one guy to set up the lights and one guy to plug them in. The camera crew had all kinds of people whose function seemed ridiculously limited in scope when you looked at it. Most people blamed unions, and suspected blatant "feather-bedding" (favoritism) was going on. While unions are certainly still around, the best strategy for success in today's world, where television and the web are rapidly merging into a single entity, is to be able to wear multiple hats. You need to shoot as well as edit. In fact, don't stop there...
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.