Ed Talks is RTDNA's series of best-practices videos highlighting the exceptional work of Edward R. Murrow Award winners and other expert contributors. Each video is brief and tightly focused on a single, actionable skill or technique that journalists can put to immediate use.
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Breaking news can happen at any time. Are you ready to hit the road and be gone for an unknown period of time? Are you prepared to work in difficult weather conditions, travel to remote locations or be gone from home at least overnight if not longer? It doesn't take long for reporters, photographers, truck operators and others who make their living in the field to realize they need to be prepared... not just with the gear they'll need like cameras, tripods and microphones, but with some gear for themselves. For many, that's what a "go bag" is all about. Photographer and journalism professor Bradley Pfranger has put together this month's Ed Talks, focusing on the go bag and what you might want to have in yours in case you need it.
You've seen them on the networks for years: Interviews carefully set up with three different angles, to show the subject head on, a close up and a wide angle view from the side. In the finished piece, the editor cuts between angles, even during a single sound bite. They look cool and provide visual variety to longer interviews. But you may have wondered if it can be done without a big crew to make it happen. The answer is yes, you can achieve that same professional look on your own. KARE-TV's Carly Danek explains how one person can set up a multi-camera shoot, get all the raw material you'll need to take into the edit bay, and she'll demonstrate an easy way to make sure all three videos stay in sync.
How can you shoot broadcast-quality video with your phone, and use it to tell great stories? In the latest edition of Ed Talks, WFAA-TV's Mike Castellucci shows us some of his Edward R. Murrow Award-winning techniques to make the video look and sound professional. He talks about the gear he uses and demonstrates how creativity can yield excellent results.
Introductory episodes - No password required
ABC News Radio's Alex Stone spends a big part of his working life on the road, far away from a foam-lined room with perfect acoustics. So how does he make his audio tracks sound great? He'll show us a couple of tricks of the trade you can start using today to avoid noise and echoes, and give your voice a studio-quality sound in some unlikely places.
SFGate's Brandon Mercer has a pair of tips you may not know about, that allow you to edit the images in Facebook posts, even after they've been posted.
Multiple-Murrow Award winner Boyd Huppert from KARE 11 in Minneapolis talks about the 'handshake shot,' as a technique to draw viewers into a story and introduce a memorable character.