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.