Megan Taylor

front-end dev, volunteacher, news & data junkie, bibliophile, Flyers fan, sci-fi geek and kitteh servant

Applied Interactive Newspapers

The online capstone course, Applied Interactive Newspapers, is built to work like an internship.

There are 6 students in the class this semester. Each of us is responsible for pulling in 7 stories each week, from The New York Times or AP wire.

These stories are published on Newszine, the Interactive Media Lab’s news Web site.

Recently, in addition to the 7 stories, we were assigned a multimedia requirement. Each week, 2 Soundslides and 2 videos will be published to the site along with our stories, with labor divided among the staff.

It was my turn to do a video this week. I chose to do a video tutorial for using Soundslides. I wrote out my script and talked to my partner, Matt Gonzalez, about the shots. We set the camera up and also set the editing computer up for screen-casting.

Then I did my thing. I’m not particularly pleased with the outcome. I get massive stage fright as soon as the camera’s watching, even though I’m only on the screen for a few seconds.

But I learned a lot from this. I should have run through my actions a few times before I did it for the camera. It also could have done with a little more editing.

In any case, I’m learning a lot about video and editing, so by the time I graduate I should be pretty good at this.

  • That sounds like a good capstone class.

    You did fine for the video. I like to have a person behind the camera, if possible, so you can pretend as if you’re talking to him/her instead of the camera.

    I had to produce a video about The Hurricane’s Web site redesign for my online journalism class that featured WAY too much of me. To make it worse, people started linking and embedding it. Oy.

    Matt and I were Sun-Sentinel interns last summer, though in different offices. Ask him about the intern video he produced. Good times.

  • That sounds like a good capstone class.

    You did fine for the video. I like to have a person behind the camera, if possible, so you can pretend as if you’re talking to him/her instead of the camera.

    I had to produce a video about The Hurricane’s Web site redesign for my online journalism class that featured WAY too much of me. To make it worse, people started linking and embedding it. Oy.

    Matt and I were Sun-Sentinel interns last summer, though in different offices. Ask him about the intern video he produced. Good times.

  • Thanks Greg. I get stage fright really easily. Stage fright and roaches. My two big fears.

  • Thanks Greg. I get stage fright really easily. Stage fright and roaches. My two big fears.

  • Roaches are horrible creatures.

    Speaking of fears, that reminds me of one my favorite Seinfeld bits:

    “Speaking in front of a crowd is the number one fear of the average person. Number two was death. Number two! That means, for the average person, you’d rather be in the casket than doing the eulogy.”

  • Roaches are horrible creatures.

    Speaking of fears, that reminds me of one my favorite Seinfeld bits:

    “Speaking in front of a crowd is the number one fear of the average person. Number two was death. Number two! That means, for the average person, you’d rather be in the casket than doing the eulogy.”

  • Lol. That’s an awesome quote.

  • Lol. That’s an awesome quote.

  • Oy, in reference to Greg:

  • Oy, in reference to Greg:

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