Workshop: An Introduction to Mobile Journalism
More and more journalists are now using their smartphones as an electronic news gathering device as online magazines and newspapers increasingly expect reporters to add multimedia content to their story. This one-day course will teach you how to record audio and how to shoot video using your smartphone.
The workshop will cover the following:
- Learn how to record audio interviews and use a microphone to get the best sound
- Shoot video interviews and learn how to frame the subject correctly using well established cinematography techniques
- Film voxpops, point-of-view shots, action shots and film multiple interviewees
- Use your smartphone to film establishing shots and cutaway shots
- Learn how to use natural lighting as a key light to model and illuminate the subject
- Use good interview technique and learn how to edit for the sound
- Take photographs and learn how to use picture composition and rule of thirds
- Learn how to edit your clips on the smartphone and create a video news story
- Launch video news stories online and blogs using social media sites.
This workshop is specifically aimed at those using an iPhone or iPad rather than an Android, as iOS devices are currently more compatible with video and audio apps. Before the course, we will contact participants with a list of apps to download before the workshop. The majority of these are free, but the list will include a couple of paid-for apps. These should not come to more that £20 in total.
About the trainer
Bill Shepherd is a production editor at The Guardian and The Observer newspapers. He is a member of the National Union of Journalists and a member of the Guild of Television Cameramen.
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