AdPrac 2 – IMJ7003 – Required Reading

1: Multimediatrain.com – All of the ‘Short News’ section

This is a more advanced section of Multimedia Train you should complete it before Term 2 and refer to it throughout Term 2.  The world of online news has changed rapidly in the last few years with video becoming an increasingly dominant means of telling stories on digital platforms. Understanding how to tell stories with video on platforms like Facebook can be tricky, as many as many of the traditional news package ideas no longer apply. Videos play without sound on small mobile phone screens to an audience that is constantly scrolling.

These three courses look at some tricks in telling short news stories with video on mobile platforms.

  • The first course covers only the editing process. How to take visual materials and quickly re-edit them into a short news package suitable to run on mobile platforms.
  • The second course looks at one example of creating a short video news story for mobile and demonstrates how a single operator can quickly create compelling content that can be used on multiple platforms.
  • The third course picks up on everything that was missed in the first two courses. creating a simple mobile studio, quick multi-cam editing and shooting with drone as well as other great tips for a working newsroom.

2: The IMMJ-MA code of ethics

This will be discussed in class in both terms 1 & 2, however, you must read the guidelines carefully and thoroughly. Before you report your term 2 stories you will need to sign a document confirming that you have read and understood these guidelines.

3: Choose 3 news outlets try to have a mixture of domestic and English language international

Follow each organization for at least an hour each week to improve your news sense and consumption. Of course, you can read news from other diverse sources but pay special attention to these three. Download their apps and sometimes view online, follow their social channels. See how they work on and across all platforms. You will be asked to make presentations about your thoughts on their coverage during Term 2.

4: Stories by IMMJ Multimedia Stories: Contently.

In addition to these readings, you should continue to view your core multimedia reading list to work through: Stories by IMMJ Multimedia Stories: Contently. Spend at least two hours a week, every week here and aim to read around 3 pieces deeply.

5: Other week and session specific readings will be delivered on the weekly pages and via Facebook. 

Please be sure to check in with the weekly session notes delivered online

6: Download and use Grammarly for all written work. (Including your Production Brief and story text)

Tutors won’t feedback on work where poor English hampers comprehension, it simply takes too long. Feeding back on project work is already very time demanding, if we need to translate your English simply to comprehend things that’s simply not manageable in the allocated timeframe. We are not here to correct English, if your English is on the weaker side, you’ll need to find your own solutions, proofreading with a peer or professional English tutor etc and of course, leave plenty of time for editing. Even if your English is strong you MUST download and use Grammarly for all written work. 

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