A mobile video workshop? Smart!


If your reporters have iPhones, they can shoot, edit & post news videos

Mobile video training can help news­rooms quickly ramp up their multi­media offerings – and give journalists a valuable new skill set.

Smart Video reporting workshop

When: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, June 19, 2014

Where: Ball State University, Muncie

Cost: $35 by May 30 (early-bird rate) or $45 (regular registration); includes lunch and AP Stylebook

Registration: Click here to register and for more information.

“Thanks to ultra-fast 4G networks and dazzling HD screens, mobile video has proven to be far more popular than anyone might have guessed,” Business Insider reported earlier this year.

To help jump-start multimedia production among staffers who haven’t had much experience, HSPA, APME and Ball State Journalism are offering a one-day short course in June – for the same low cost as always at the annual Road Show for Reporters.

“Smart Video” is a concise, hands-on training program for users of iPhones on June 19 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Register for $35 (plus $16 in apps) at HSPAfoundation.org/events.

The one-day conference covers the basics of video storytelling – from smart shooting tips to editing with low-cost apps, to publishing the work online in minutes.

Attendees will need to invest in low-cost video-editing apps and will use their personal iPhone.

Ball State professors John Strauss and Tim Underhill have worked in local newspapers, radio and television.

They’ve taught video basics to audiences in Vermont, New York, Washington, New Mexico, Florida and of course, Indiana.

“Smart Video” will cover the elements of visual storytelling, including good composi­tion, shooting sequences and audio.

They’ll work from the planning stages of an assignment – video’s not right for every story, but critical for some – the shooting, editing on the iPhone and publishing your work online.

Smart Video starts with “snap video” pieces of interview or action and then shows you the road map to interviews with b-roll, natural-sound packages and reporter-tracked pieces.