By Benét J. Wilson, DJTF chair & freelance aviation/travel journalist and blogger
Back in September 2010, I spent a week down at the Poynter Institute for a week-long course in multimedia storytelling. As a former old-school print journalist, I needed a course like this. I had gotten some good training at past NABJ conventions, but it wasn’t enough, so I found this type of intensive training to be quite helpful.
The Freedom Forum will hold two sessions of its Multimedia Boot Camp on Aug. 15-19 and Nov. 14-18. The cost is $850, and includes all supplies, use of multimedia equipment and software during training, some meals and step-by-step guides to producing audio, video and other multimedia projects.
In this boot camp, participants will learn the following:
• Produce multimedia on a budget, including cheap ways to record and edit audio.
• Use basic tools in Adobe Photoshop: toning, cropping and text.
• Produce an audio slideshow.
• Use Final Cut for video storytelling and editing.
• Use shotgun, stick and wireless microphones.
• Find and buy the right gear.
• Use smart phones and mobile devices to gather news.
and will take away:
• Audio, photo and video skills.
• One finished audio slideshow.
• Two finished video projects.
• Production skills in Audacity and Final Cut.
• Smart Phone journalism skills that will help gather and distribute news right from your iPhone, iPod, Android or BlackBerry.
• Step-by-step guides to producing audio, video and other multimedia projects.