Teaching Examples

Successful multimedia training
August 15, 2006, 2:27 am
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I spent the past three days at the Multimedia News Production Workshop at the University of Minnesota, teaching Flash to journalists. This workshop came about because Nora Paul (who runs the Institute for New Media Studies in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication) and Regina McCombs (a videographer and online journalist at the Minneapolis Star Tribune) cooked up the idea back in May when they were at another journalism get-together. The next thing I knew, they were e-mailing me and Joe Weiss (one of the first multimedia reporters and producers) to ask if we could join in. We both said yes.

You can see how the workshop was organized on the schedule page — we offered the same three hands-on workshops Friday and Saturday, each one four hours long, and people really liked them. For those who paid extra and stayed Sunday, we ran six hours in each of three areas: slideshows with sound; video; Flash.

This seems to have been the year when most news organizations woke up and realized they needed people who can do multimedia journalism work.

Nora sent an e-mail out on two Listservs, and all 50 seats in this workshop filled up in about two days.

All we needed was good quality lab space (provided by the University of Minnesota), three trainers and a bunch of wonderful helpers (including online journalists from the Star Tribune, which paid them for the hours they worked with us!), and Nora’s first-rate organizing skills. A lot of the participants praised the excellent lab space, computers, and other equipment they had to work with.

Anyway, with the big demand for this kind of training, we’re talking about doing more of these. If you have ideas about that, please leave a comment.

My outline for the Flash training (and all the files) is here.

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