Friday, September 5, 2008

You're so on the right track...

I just came across this write-up for a fall multimedia intern at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. It's too late to apply, but I'm copying it here because it gives a great picture of modern journalism (and should make you feel good that you're learning all of these things in Boot Camp here at Cronkite).

This new position is for a multidisciplined and flexible multimedia journalist who can generate and execute multimedia ideas. Ideal candidates will be able to hit the ground running and juggle all types of content and content mediums on deadline assignments. One day you’ll be shooting breaking news photos and transmitting live from the scene, the next day creating a Soundslide feature on a local music festival, the next day shooting video of a political rally for the presidential election.

This position works for the web department and will be focused on quick turn assignments for the web as well as engaging feature assignments that are web-only. Video and audio gear provided, some still equipment provided but the focus of this internship is multimedia. This 13-week, paid internship has a flexible start date (ideally sometime in September) and college credit is available.

Mandatory skills:
+ iMovie or Final Cut Pro
+ Audacity (or other multi-track audio editing programs)
+ Soundslides
+ Photo, video and audio content gathering and editing skills
+ FTP and remote transmission skills
+ Ability to turn high-quality projects quickly
+ Ability to write cleanly and create engaging, informative blog entries, captions, web teases and headlines

Would be awesome skills:
+ Flash or any other multimedia production tools

"Not now, Futura..."

Since we've been talking about fonts in class, you might enjoy this video.

Monday, September 1, 2008

What multimedia should do

Here's a rollover idea that so clearly adds to the understanding of the text that it's hard not to be excited about it -- so I'll stick with the enthusiasm. Slate carries the text of Obama's acceptance speech. As you mouseover the highlighted areas, a text box appears to the right of the copy. Inside, it contains explication or context for the highlighted material. So smart. It doesn't hinder the reading through distraction or tempt the reader to leave the page; what it does is return the reader to the reading feeling smarter, more informed.