A screencast on info graphics brings the multimedia journey to a close

Few things have inspired me as much over a 25-year media career as the opportunity to serve as Newsday’s graphics editor from 2001 to 2009. Those of you who follow this blog know I am most comfortable working with words — the results of my visual work were painfully evident in this class. But that …

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Bringing video into focus: A journey through multimedia’s Kilimanjaro

So we have graduated from photography to a video shoot and now video editing. One is tempted to wonder what the limits of multimedia are — even for one of limited skill — and where this essential element of modern journalism might lead. In truth, I am vastly more comfortable with words than images, especially …

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Graphics matter. Of course, you know why.

Perhaps the most hard-learned lesson of my professional life has the been recognition that words alone will not drive newspaper circulation — whatever remains of it — in the 21st century. That is, Pulitzer-quality narrative is worth little if readers aren’t attracted to read it. That is also why despite a thin background in visual …

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Harnessing the power of the podcast: A scholarly discussion of religious liberty and the First Amendment

There is an old anecdote — perhaps a bit of it is true. Give a man a fish and you’ll feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you’ll feed him for a lifetime. That is more or less how I felt during these past two weeks of podcasting instruction. Having learned …

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Five Freedoms: Beginning a Podcasting Journey Into First Amendment Issues

So our latest bit of technological experimentation produced an introduction to podcasting. I like podcasting; it’s a most democratic medium. Think about it: More or less anyone with a set of headphones and a laptop can produce his or her own podcast, then slick it up and build an audience, aided by the power of …

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Outside the comfort zone: A newbie learns to appreciate the camera

I play a LOT of golf. Once you graduate from outright beginner, you learn some enduring truths about that game rather quickly. For example, there is in golf a mechanical / technical component to success and an artistic / creative one. You need the right equipment and swing fundamentals (technical), but also the vision to …

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