Workshop for Journalism Students

If you enjoyed the basic Flash lesson in our workshop today, you might like to play with some ActionScript.

Here is the page I showed at the end of the class, dengan bintang kecil and Flash buttons:

Flash Basics: ActionScript 3.0

On Wednesday in the workshop, students saw a demonstration of the “five-shot method” for shooting video. The reason for using this method is that it makes editing video more easy. If you shoot without a careful plan, you will find it is very difficult to edit your video.

If you missed the workshop that day, here is an overview of the lecture:

Five Shots, 10 Seconds

This is the PowerPoint I showed about Windows Live Movie Maker. Please view it full-screen.

To find a tutorial for Windows Live Movie Maker (Windows 7), or Windows Movie Maker (Windows XP), or iMovie (Mac), please see the links on this page: Video Resources.

NOTE: Windows Live Movie Maker (WLMM) does the same things as Windows Movie Maker (WMM), but the menus and controls are different. Make sure you are using the correct tutorial for your software, or you will be very confused! The iMovie software also does the same things, but it looks very different from the Windows programs.

This is the first video assignment I give to my journalism students in the United States: Video Part 1. You can see the instructions I give to them.

Download Soundslides –> here (Windows or Mac).

  • Soundslides: A Brief Introduction — this is a short summary of some of the things we discussed in class. It includes links to a few other helpful resources.
  • Examples — explore some good examples of what kind of stories you can tell with Soundslides (links).
  • Soundslides Storytelling — watch this PowerPoint to learn how to think about the story you want to tell.

As we discussed in class, if you want to try Soundslides, it is free to download. You can add any photos and any music track and just experiment. Remember to SAVE and EXPORT after you have finished editing the project.

To tell a real journalism story, you must record and edit an interview. Do not be lazy and use music.

A good journalist will write a caption for EACH photo. Include the names of everyone in the photo. Make sure your spelling and grammar are correct!

NEW: One student encountered a problem with her audio in Soundslides. Before import, the audio file sounded okay. After import to Soundslides, the audio is bad — high and squeaky, sounding strange. This happens because the project settings (in the editing program) are not correct. Please read about how to solve this problem. The audio file must be 16-bit and have a sample rate of 44.1 kHz.

Ini adalah hasil latihan editing audio interview dengan menggunakan audacity. Interviewer dan editor nya adalah Hera Khaerani sedangkan nara sumbernya adalah Dara Azilya. Latihan ini dibuat sebagai bagian dari workshop multimedia and social media journalism dengan mentornya Mindy McAdam.

Latihan sederhana ini intinya meminta seseorang untuk menceritakan tempat favorit yang pernah dikunjungi. Audacity digunakan untuk merangkai wawancara sehingga hasilnya seolah nara sumber melakukan monolog saat bercerita. Dara di sini menceritakan tentang Pantai Longa, pantai favorit dia yang terletak di Banda Aceh.

Karena tidak bisa menyimpan file audio dan video, maka hasil wawancara audio disimpan di hosting blog lain. Klik ini untuk mengakses file audio tersebut

During the workshop on Friday, I mentioned that I have a handout or instruction sheet for Audacity. It will be helpful if you forgot to take notes during class.

Here is the link:

Super-Fast Guide to Audio Editing (PDF, 290 KB)

This handout covers everything I showed during our workshop and also some additional things.

On page 5, it shows how to convert a stereo file to mono. This cuts the file size in half (very good for Web downloads).

You can find more audio resources here.

There is a second handout for Audacity. It shows how to edit multiple audio tracks in one project. This is good for adding natural sound, or combining more than one interview.

Here is the link:

Editing Audio with Audacity (Part 2) (PDF, 181 KB)

When we record an interview with a digital audio recorder, or with HP, the file is saved in some format. If the file format is MP3 or WAV, then it can be opened in Audacity.

If the file is another format, such as AMR (BlackBerry) or WMA, we must convert it first, and then open it in Audacity.

I like to use a free converter program called Switch. You can download it (Windows or Mac) here.

One of the Year 2 students recommended Format Factory (also free; Windows only).

When you convert the file, please convert it to WAV format. This makes a large, uncompressed file — best for editing. After you have the WAV file, open it in Audacity for editing.

After you have finished editing in Audacity, you will export an MP3 file. The MP3 format is compressed, making a better file for the Web because the download time is faster.

These are the five examples of engaging journalism that were shown during today’s meeting:

  1. I Hope So Too: Flash, audio, database
  2. Los Angeles Homicides: database, maps, blog
  3. Tracking US Airways Flight 1549: Flash, animation, graphics
  4. WNYC Radio snow map: SMS + map + voice messages + radio
  5. William and the Windmill: creative video editing

Explore them!