Top tips and resources for creating powerful online video journalism
Ahead of news:rewired – media in motion next month, where one of the sessions will focus on online video journalism, this post offers some background reading on the subject, as well as a handful of expert tips/resources for producing top-notch footage.
The news:rewired panel will feature Christian Heilmann of Mozilla Popcorn; Adam Westbrook, multimedia journalist, blogger and lecturer and Josh de la Mare, editor of video, Financial Times.
There are plenty of resources online offering useful tips on producing different styles of video – in fact many of those are to be found on speaker Adam Westbrook’s blog. Here are just some of his useful posts:
- 5 TV news conventions video journalists should scrap
- 10 tips for recording a better video (or audio) interview
- How to make motion graphics animations
- 10 common video storytelling mistakes and how to avoid them
Adam also produced a how-to for Journalism.co.uk, outlining how to make online video storytelling work, using an example of his own work.
Another speaker on the panel will be Christian Heilmann who will discuss Mozilla’s Popcorn Maker. As this Journalism.co.uk post explains, Popcorn Maker, which was launched last year at the Mozilla Festival, enables users to add external content, such as tweets, Flickr images, maps, videos from YouTube or Vimeo – without the need for coding.
More online video journalism resources/topical posts:
- Online Journalism Review offers plenty of tips for filming online video
- Also from the OJR is this useful post on “making the most out of Flip and cell phone video“, which often provide quick and effective clips for online video
- From a while back, but the Online Journalism Blog offers four types of online video journalism in this post
- Stroome offers users the ability to collaboratively edit video, as explained in this Journalism.co.uk tool of the week post
- Andy Dickinson on why newspapers today need to ensure video is on the agenda, in light of recent developments in areas such as cross-platform engagement and local television
- This section on video from the Knight Digital Media Center offers background to the growth of online video, some excellent examples of news outlets maximising the medium and a list of reading materials and further resources on the topic
One of the main questions for publishers is what sort of video will be appealing to readers. In the video below by Beet.tv (itself a great example of online video publishing), Ann Derry, editorial director for video and television for the New York Times and Shawn Bender, editorial director for video for the Wall Street Journal online, answer the question: “Why do visitors hit the play button?”.
The Beet.tv video is at this link and below.
- #newsrw: ‘Content is King’ for online video
- LIVE: Session 1A – Online video
- Presentations from session #1A: online video journalism
- How journalists can create web-native video with Popcorn Maker
- New York Times social media editor Liz Heron to give news:rewired keynote