Journalism 101

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Electronic journalism

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JEA Digital Media

The  JEA Digital Guide to Broadcast-Video:

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RTNDF Listserv

High School broadcast and electronic journalism teachers are invited to join a listserv to share ideas and solve problems together.

Created by Carol Knopes, formerly of the Radio Television News Directors Foundation, the listserv is endorsed by and and administered by the Center for Scholastic Journalism at Kent State University. Join here!

Lesson plans developed by Carol Knopes and RTDNF's High School Broadcast Journalism.

How to podcast

Radio introduction

Radio one

Radio two

Radio three

Radio four

Legal music to include with video
Don't create a problem for yourself over copyright infringement.
Creative Commons provides offerings that you can use, along with concise attribution instructions


Making the most of cell phone video

These small, inexpensive devices can capture news as it happens


Writing in Stereo website
Core curriculum for all aspects of Doug Potter's work in radio broadcast journalism at Palo Verde High School and Pueblo High School from 1979 to 1983 and from 1986 to his 2006 retirement. Updated regularly with writing and technical tips.

Tutorials from the Knight Digital Media Center

Final Cut Pro

Final Cut Pro is the video editing software of choice for journalists using Apple computers. Final Cut Pro does not make a version for Windows.

iMovie is a simple, easy to use video editing program that comes free with the Apple operating system (it has no Windows PC version).

Premiere is the most popular video editing program that works on both Windows PCs and Apple computers. Made by Adobe, it is comparable to the Final Cut Pro video editing program for the Apple platform.

Reducing video file size for the Web

Once you've finished editing your video (or audio), you'll need to greatly reduce its filesize so that it can be used on the Web.

Standups and voice-overs

A voice-over is a narration done by a reporter, usually from a script. The voice is recorded over video clips that tell the story. A standup is when a reporter appears on camera to narrate part of a story.

Video cameras
An overview of video cameras as they pertain to the newspaper industry. As newsrooms become more converged, investment in multimedia equipment is becoming a major factor in purchasing decisions.

Video techniques
Some shooting tips to help you avoid some of these common mistakes: Trees or poles behind someone's head, subjects who are darkened blurs because there was bright light in the background, boring shots of buildings.