Tips for shooting news with your phone

From the authors of Advancing the Story, some tips for shooting news video with your phone.

Live blogging

Tomorrow Apple will reportedly announce its newest iPad device. Many sites will be live blogging. What is live blogging? Here is a story you can read to find out the ins and outs of live blogging.


Basic Final Cut Pro X techiques

Here are some basic tutorials on editing in FCPX. You can get more detailed instructions on

Five Shot Sequence

As discussed in class, here is the handout for the five shot sequence. These shots compose sequences that work best on the web—plus they’re simple to shoot and simple to edit.

Please take note also of the pre-flight checklist and the sidebar info on the rule of thirds, the axis, and interviewing techniques.

Shooting video for the web

Building sequential video for the web is different than for television, although some of the basics are the same.

Personally, I love the freedom to break away from the time-tested formula you see on local television. Although TV news’ formula is efficient, it has become such a cliche as to be parodied by the Onion or the BBC’s Charlie Brooker.

Embedding sound clip

If I were to embed sound only, I could use sound cloud.

Soundslides projects to inspire

Before going out to get images and sound, we need to get inspired.

If you’d like to see a catalog of slide show examples, go to Interactive Narratives.

Tasha turned us onto these cool slides on the New York Times site. It’s a series of profiles of New Yorkers called One in Eight Million.

The one that really made you swallow your bubble gum was A Walk Down Sixth Street, which was produced by students at San Francisco State University.