Video links from ‘Video for Journalists: Don’t Panic’

Hey everyone,

Here are the video links from my Saturday presentation on video for journalists. Would have done this sooner, but Monday’s news from Boston intervened. I’ll post some other resources in the next couple of days.

156 TURNS: Demonstration film shot entirely with the iPhone 4. Technology and equipment are no longer barriers to producing great video. The only limits are your creativity and passion.

VERIZON COMMERCIAL: Funny look at the public’s perception of how easy this is. A 5-second clip from a longer commercial.

FATAL ACCIDENT: Example of a raw iPhone video. A witness describes a fatal accident in which the vehicle missed him by inches. This was transmitted via the Tri-City Herald’s iPhone app back to the newsroom, where it was posted to the website within minutes.

POLAR PLUNGE 2013: Example of not being afraid to try something new. I strapped a GoPro video camera to my chest and jumped into an icy river for charity. Jake Dorsey attached one to a helmet.

THE DREADED VERTICAL VIDEO SYNDROME: I talked about vertical video but didn’t show this video. It’s a hysterically funny (and potty-mouthed) take on why it’s important to shoot video with your smartphone horizontally, not vertically. 

Jim Van Nostrand


Resources: Covering News on the Reservation

At Saturday’s conference, we had a panel of experts talk about the challenges of covering news on the Reservation. Our experts included Rebecca Tallent, University of Idaho professor and a member of the Cherokee tribe; Scott Hunter, editor and publisher of The Star in Grand Couleen Dam; and Cary Rosenbaum, a local reporter and member of the Colville tribe. The panel was moderated by Scott Leadingham from SPJ national.

The panel gave insight into the stereotypes encountered when reporting on Native Americans, as well as the difficulty in getting information, particularly covering breaking news. They shared tips on developing relationships, respectfully requesting information, understanding open records regulations and more. They also shared this Resource List to share Native-focused media.

Thanks to Cary, Scott H., Becky and Scott L. for their time and wisdom.

Congrats to Reg. 10 MOE Winners!

Mark of ExcellenceOn behalf of all of the journalists in Region 10 (Alaska, Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Montana), we’d like to congratulate our student journalists and winners of SPJ’s Mark of Excellence Awards for their work in 2012. Today we held an awards luncheon in their honor at the Knights of Columbus Hall at Gonzaga University. If you missed it, or would like to see a complete list of regional MOE winners, we’re including them here.

2012 MOE Award Winners – Region 10

Congratulations for your excellent work!

If you have questions about the awards or weren’t at the ceremony to get your award, please contact Lauren Rochester at SPJ in Indianapolis.



Spring Conf. Location

We’re excited that you’re joining us next week for the Region 10 spring conference, hosted by the Inland Northwest Pro chapter of SPJ. The activities for the conference itself will be at Gonzaga University.

Before heading over to Jepson Center, you MUST register at The Knights of Columbus Hall, 302 E. Boone Ave., on the far west side of campus, immediately off Ruby Street (Division Street). Doors open at 7:30 a.m., so please register early. Here’s a map to get you to The Knights of Columbus Hall.

All classes and panels will be held at Gonzaga’s School of Business, Jepson Center, 502 E. Boone Ave. Here’s the link to Gonzaga’s campus map. The Jepson Center is marked JC. And here’s a Google map, though we prefer the campus map.

Still need tickets? Mon., April 8 is the deadline for ticket purchases, so buy your tix now at Brown Paper Tickets.