Ed Talks: One man bands / MMJs

August 16, 2017 11:00

It used to be only television journalists in the smallest markets that set out on the street as "one man bands." But today, multimedia journalists in small, medium and large markets, in television radio and digital newsrooms, are doing it all. Working as an MMJ has many challenges, but for those who strive to improve and learn the tricks of the trade, there are great stories to be told. In this edition of RTDNA's Ed Talks, contributor Donna Francavilla interviews Simone Eli, a sports reporter/anchor of WIAT-TV in Birmingham, Alabama, who talks about her experiences working on her own in the field.

Each edition of Ed Talks offers quick and easy training resources that give you practical advice you can fit into your busy schedule. Each video is brief and tightly focused on a single, actionable skill or technique that you can put to immediate use. Our first three videos are free and open to anyone who signs in with an email address so you can see what they're all about, including Boyd Huppert talking about the "handshake shot" to draw viewers into a story, SFGate's Brandon Mercer with tips to improve Facebook posts on the fly, and ABC Radio's Alex Stone with some great ideas on how to get studio-quality audio on the road.

Our most recent videos are available exclusively to members, who can get passwords for each video by logging into our member portal. Each video has its own password, and with it, you can see the full video in the portal itself or on our Ed Talks page. They include a tutorial on shooting video with a smartphone from WFAA-TV's Mike Castellucci, some best practices for using Facebook Live from consultant Kevin Benz, an easy way for one person to set up a three-camera shoot, from KARE-TV's Carly Danek, tips for improving your vocal delivery from Amy Tardif and George Bodarky, photojournalist Bradley Pfranger's tutorial on "go bag" essentials, Charlie Meyerson takes a look at writing effective headlines, Adrienne Broaddus shows us how to shoot great standups as an MMJ, Matt Sepic from Minnesota Public Radio demonstrates how he uses Google Voice to record telephone interviews and multimedia journalist Joe Little talks his love for the lavalier microphone.

Here is a preview of Donna's video. Log in to the RTDNA member portal to see the full version!