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How The Miami Herald Cultivates Loyal Audience For Video

Not long ago, some news organizations were beginning to give up on online video. It required significant resources, and it wasn't generating as much revenue or traffic as they had hoped. News organizations that have stuck with it, though, have found that video provides them with a way to advance what they're already doing well, increase time on site, and engage users in ways that traditional narratives can't.

NYU Steinhardt Offers State-of-the-Art Audio Teaching Facility

ImageNew York University's program in music technology has a new a 7,500 square foot multifunctional teaching, recording, and research space designed by Gensler and the Walters-Storyk Design Group (WSDG).One of the most technologically advanced audio teaching facilities in the United States, the new James L. Dolan Music Recording Studio complex house the music technology program of NYU's Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. The studio is located on the sixth floor of 35 West 4th Street.

Platypus Workshops Announced for 2011

ImageThe Digital Journalist is announcing three new Platypus Workshops for 2011:

February 13-19 at Texas State University, San Marcos, TX  SOLD OUT
March 27- April 2 at San Jose State University, San Jose, CA
October 16-22 Maine Media Workshops, Rockport, ME

Why Learning Video Craft Matters

ImageA few months ago—in a New York City coffee shop that I frequent—a waitress deposited her brand new $6,000-plus HD camcorder on just the spot I had been expecting my breakfast.

"I hear you know about these things," she insisted, observing the look of surprise that spread across my face.

"Not as much as you might think," I responded. "Don't believe everything you hear."

As the conservation proceeded, I quickly realized that compared to her almost non-existent knowledge of video, I did have some sort of dubious knowledge.

"It's the Story, Stupid!"

Back in 1849, Henry David Thoreau astutely addressed the issue of content on information delivery systems. "We are in great haste to construct a magnetic telegraph from Maine to Texas," he wrote, "but Maine and Texas, it may be, have nothing important to communicate."

Fast forward more than a century and a half to the year 2011. The shift from analog to digital communications technology is now complete. The much anticipated HDTV, digital cable, satellite, telco fiber and wireless digital services have reached full deployment. With all this remarkable communications technology available to us, what comes next?

On Making a Meaningful Career in Today's World

Every morning, seven days a week, I get up at an absurdly early hour, put on a pot of coffee and begin to write. I have been doing this for more than 40 years. It's part of my DNA, and I'd do it whether I was paid or not.

Fortunately, for most of my working life, I have been paid well for writing. That changed in 2008. The bottom fell out for those of us who pursue creative enterprises. On the first sign of trouble, businesses fire the writers. They see us as a frivolous expense.

For many of these businesses, good writing—a "good story, well told," we like to say—is all they have to sell. But they don't understand that and—to be honest—most are not worth saving anyway. It has always been and probably always will be that way.

One of the interesting things about getting older and having survived as a freelancer is that younger people ask for advice. In these continuing tough economic times, I've gotten many more inquiries than usual from college-age students anticipating careers in film, television, journalism and writing.

Arun Chaudhary, the White House Videographer


WASHINGTON — Arun Chaudhary is the White House's ultimate fly on the wall.

Perpetually clad in New Balance sneakers and suits that are just slightly askew, he dashes in and out of meetings, from East Room news conferences to the Oval Office and back again, out through the South Portico and into the White House vegetable garden — all while scrambling to blend into the background and record nearly every moment with his video camera.

One recent Tuesday, he trained his lens on President Obama, who was admiring the paintings on the wall of the Green Room as he waited to speak at a community college summit meeting.

"Arun's a very cool guy, though I have to tell him to get a haircut every once in a while," Mr. Obama quipped, nodding over at Mr. Chaudhary before walking out to the stage.

Cronkite School announces NBC partnership

ImageA new partnership with NBC News will provide students in the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication with professional internship opportunities at top network properties in New York City, Washington, D.C., Chicago, Atlanta and Burbank, Calif.

Up to four Arizona State University students will be selected for the NBC internships each semester, beginning this fall.

Students will be assigned to NBC's top programs, including "NBC Nightly News" with Brian Williams, "Today" and "Dateline NBC." They will assist in the research and production of news stories, and have the opportunity to work one-on-one with some of the network's top journalists.

Q&A with Travis Fox, video journalist for

ImageEmmy-nominated video journalist explains what works on the Web and what doesn't and where he thinks the medium is headed

Shortly after Travis Fox joined the Washington Post in 1999 as a photo editor, he picked up a video camera that was sitting in the newsroom and slowly began producing a few pieces for the Web. Not that anyone was watching these videos--not even the Website's editors. The joke in the newsroom at the time, says Fox, was that he didn't want the executive editor to watch the videos because the pieces would invariably crash his computer and he worried that might dampen the editor's laissez-faire attitude.

"It was a great place to learn and to let my own style come to forefront," says Fox. "I didn't have deadline pressure, I didn't have editorial pressure, I didn't have many viewers."  How times have changed.