A guide to multimedia proficiency
I’ve been a fan of the blog Teaching Online Journalism. The author, Mindy McAdams, teaches university-level courses on journalism, and her blog focuses on using multimedia to tell stories. As someone with an undergraduate degree in journalism and a graduate degree in instructional design and technology, I think there’s an increasingly large overlap in the skills required of reporters and instructional designers. To this end, McAdams has developed a Reporter’s Guide to Multimedia Proficiency, but it’s full of tutorials you can use even if you’re not a reporter.
The guide covers blogging, RSS, podcasting and audio editing, basic photography and videography, and photo editing; and ends with advice on keeping your own technology skills up-to-date. When possible, McAdams uses free tools as examples for each skill. If you work with technology as an instructor, student, researcher, or presenter, I highly recommend saving a copy of the guide and referring to it as you build your own multimedia skill set.
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