It's time for a new rule on the web: Double, no, triple check before you share. Especially if it seems too good to be true. Why? Look no further than Donald Trump's Twitter account. Trump claimed Sunday morning that "Twitter, Google and Facebook are burying the FBI criminal investigation of Clinton." Not only was there no proof of this, but it was pretty easy to disprove. The FBI email inquiry was at the top of Google News; FBI director James Comey's name was at the top of Facebook's "trending" box; and Twitter's "moments" section had a prominent story about the controversy. Nevertheless, Trump's wrong-headed "burying" claim was his most popular tweet of the day. About 25,000 accounts retweeted it and almost 50,000 "liked" it, helping the falsehood spread far and wide.
With some stories happening so quickly they need to be covered before a team gets there, or happening at a time when few resources are available, turning to mobile journalism is becoming the increasingly common response. Harriet Hadfield, a reporter at Sky News, spoke to news:rewired about using a mobile phone for live broadcasts. Sky prides itself in being able to "go live" in only 90 seconds, so equipped with her toolkit on stage, she talked us through her essentials.
Comrex has added a new audio IP codec to its line of Access wireless audio transmission products. The new Access NX features a dedicated box that is optimized for running CrossLock, Comrex’s custom reliability layer. CrossLock enables both powerful error correction and network bonding, and intelligently monitors and dynamically adjusts network connections in real-time.
At the 2017 NAB Show in Las Vegas (booth #C1633), Comrex Corporation, a codec manufacturer on the forefront of IP technology, will demonstrate a new IP audio gateway product called Opal (or, Opus Portal) that helps radio program hosts coordinate call-ins with non-technical remote guests (they simply click a link and are instantly connected). The real advantage for video journalists is that Opal allows remote guests to deliver "studio quality" sound, without the need for any special equipment on their end.
Today’s tips and tricks post was inspired by the question: Will an incoming call interrupt the stream if you’re live on a smartphone? The answer is yes, but fortunately, there is a simple way around it...
New York University's prestigious Tisch School of the Arts recently added 18 AJ-PX270 AVC-ULTRA P2 HD handheld camcorders as the standard instructional tool in the Film and Television department's Sight and Sound Documentary classes. NYU Tisch's acquisition of the PX270s was made possible through a donation by a parent of a Tisch student. More than 75 second- year students have just completed a semester of work with the PX270s, each student tasked with making up to five films in the space of fourteen weeks. "Our Sight and Sound classes are a fundamental element of the NYU Tisch Film and Television education, originated by acclaimed director Haig Manoogian after World War II and still enormously relevant today," said Joe Pichirallo, chair of the Undergraduate Program in Film & Television at NYU Tisch.
Internet broadcasting and production are easier than ever with new TASCAM MiNiSTUDIO-series personal audio interfaces. The TASCAM MiNiSTUDIO Personal US-32 is an easily affordable solution for Internet broadcasting, supplying the key tools you need, while delivering excellent audio quality. The MiNiSTUDIO Creator US-42 has all the podcasting features of the MiNiSTUDIO Personal and adds a number of features that are ideal for more advanced audio and video production.
Dejero, an innovator in cloud-managed solutions that simplify the transport of live video and real-time data across remote or mobile IP networks, will showcase the latest developments in its IP connectivity solutions for electronic newsgathering (ENG) and remote broadcasting at the IBC2016 Exhibition (Amsterdam, 9-13 September, booth 12.C56). At IBC2016, Dejero will be showcasing the latest enhancements to its LIVE+ Control management system that simplifies the task of broadcasting live from remote locations and transporting recorded content to broadcast facilities over bonded IP networks including cellular, Wi-Fi, Ethernet or satellite. The latest updates enhance monitoring, station administration, and reporting capabilities, displaying real-time analytics of network connection performance, and overall transmission quality for each Dejero transmitter.
TimeWarner Cable Sportsnet is using the Comrex LiveShot, an IP-based camera-mounted or handheld bonded cellular transmitter, to cover games live for a number of Los Angeles-based teams. This includes the LA Sparks, LA Galaxy, local high school sports, and other L.A. teams. LiveShot helps the Sportsnet crew send signals back from the field or in the stadiums during production of the more than 350 games that TWC Sportsnet covers each year. It's compact size makes it extremely portable, allowing the crew to set up virtually anywhere they need a unique POV shot. "We try to keep satellite to a minimum, and one of the things I was looking for at NAB this year was a way to efficiently get return video over IP," said Tony Sonnanstine, Senior Broadcast Engineer for TWC Sportsnet. "When I found the Comrex LiveShot, I was really excited. It's a simple product: you press one button, and you're transmitting. The return video and return audio are amazing."
If you ask me which I prefer, shooting or editing, I wouldn't think twice before giving my answer: editing. The reason, I suppose, is that I'm a writer at heart, and editing is pretty much the same process, except that you're delivering your message through images and sounds instead of just words. That adds exciting new dimensions to your creativity and the way you express it. Now, I'm not going to go into the technical aspects of editing (like which software is best), because frankly, that's not my forte. As I said, I'm more of a writer than a technician. I've always said that good writing is really good thinking, and the same applies to editing.
Find out which top schools have graduate programs in journalism, which typically lead to a Master of Arts in Journalism or Master of Journalism. Take a look at what three leading institutions have to offer in terms of degree options and rankings, and use the list at the end of the resource to find other graduate journalism schools in the U.S. Graduate students who are interested in advanced studies in journalism can find programs at Columbia University, an Ivy League institution, as well as the University of California at Berkeley and the University of Maryland. Each of the three schools offers master's degrees in journalism; doctoral programs are available at Columbia University and the University of Maryland. Unique to the University of California are its dual degree programs in journalism and other major fields of study, such as law. All three schools also offer concentrations or specialized coursework in particular areas of journalism.
The Excellence in Journalism 2017 conference, September 7-9, 2017 in Anaheim, CA, is set to be the journalism event of the year and will be host to top news professionals from broadcast, print and digital newsrooms around the country. With more than 1,500 attendees expected at Excellence in Journalism 2017, you can't miss this opportunity to partner with SPJ, RTDNA and NAJA at this premiere journalism conference. Among the highlights is the J-Expo (vendor exhibition floor) and Career Fair, where attendees can network with fellow journalists and pursue a wide variety of job opportunities.
MOJO: The Mobile Journalism Handbook is the first book devoted specifically to training citizens, journalism students and media professionals to produce professional-quality videos with only a mobile device. As journalism becomes increasingly competitive, students and emerging professionals need a broader skillset to make themselves more employable, whether as mainstream or entrepreneurial journalists. This book by Dr. Ivo Burum and Dr. Stephen Quinn, world experts in mobile journalism, provides comprehensive coverage of all the skills and practices needed to be a mobile journalist.
Hey all, Jake here, audio products reviewer for VJT. This month I'm taking a look at Hammer & Anvil's new MK ENG 600 Shotgun microphone. The ENG 600 comes from the company's new line of HDSLR professional audio production tools that equip the up-and-coming Video Journalist with everything he or she could need when trying to capture audio for video. The ENG 600 has all the features of an amazing professional shotgun microphone. Measuring 15 inches in length, the ENG 600 is surprisingly lightweight, which makes it perfect for all day shoots, whether following behind a shooter, or attaching to the top of your camera with the microphone's shock mount.