Science Writers Conference - Backpack Reporting

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Journalists today routinely practice "backpack journalism," covering stories for video as well as print. Now PIOs can do the same, thanks to inexpensive, broadcast-quality cameras, simple editing software and online outlets. This session will feature experts discussing the latest equipment. It will also include an experienced backpack PIO and the director of the most prominent online outlet for multimedia.

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  • Apple products allowing seamless communication between editors, journalists, ect.
  • A story with many faces, sub-stories, locations, ect.
    “Share these experiences with the world because of these products.”
  • My specialty, taking the world on with one bag.
  • Seamless integration, never want to even think about file-types/management to interrupt the storytelling process.
  • Seamless
  • Science Writers Conference - Backpack Reporting

    1. 1. #SCIWRI13 BACKPACK REPORTING
    2. 2. • Hourly updates • Plan story locations • Follow the news • Research • Shooting for multiple stories/outlets THE BIRTH OF BACKPACK
    3. 3. GETTING LOST
    4. 4. @JOURNO2GO I TELL STORIES EVERYWHERE EVERYWHERE
    5. 5. @Journo2Go • Steelfish headlines • Cambria body • Consistent colors (yellow, gray, white) • Blog has all of these elements
    6. 6. HOW DO WE COVER EVERYTHING?
    7. 7. HOW DO WE COVER EVERYTHING WELL.
    8. 8. “First step in solving any problem is recognizing there is one.” - THE NEWSROOM
    9. 9. START WITH A GOOD DESIGN
    10. 10. “An object imbued with intent — it has power, it's treasure, we're drawn to it. An object devoid of intent — it's random, it's imitative, it repels us. It's like a piece of junk mail to be thrown away.” - JOHN HOCKENBERRY
    11. 11. HOW DO WE TELL STORIES TOMORROW?
    12. 12. Surviv e Writing Tie a tie Interviewing Sleep Photography Final Cut Pro Get out of jail less CMS Lede Drink more coffee s CS Deal with S PR WHAT DO YOU NEED TO LEARN? Infographics Get coffee Work with others Walk your editor’s dog Headlines Video Editing Audio Recording InDesign Book flights Photoshop What is news Web Stuff Illustrator HTML Work in foreign countries 5
    13. 13. Surviv e Writing Tie a tie Interviewing Sleep Photography Final Cut Pro Get out of jail less CMS Ledes Drink more coffee CS Deal with S PR Get coffee Infographics Work with others Walk your editor’s dog Headlines Video Editing Audio Recording InDesign Book flights Photoshop What is news Web Stuff Illustrator Work in foreign countries HTML5 WHY
    14. 14. WE PREPARE
    15. 15. #SCIWRI2013 MY BACKPACK VERNAZZA, ITALY
    16. 16. MY BAG
    17. 17. PREVIOUS WORKFLOW EVENTS/MESSAGE VIDEO TAPING SINGLE PLATFORM EDITING/PRODUCING
    18. 18. NEW WORKFLOW •DSLR •iPhone •Flip EVENTS/MESSAGE SHOOTING MULTIPLE PLATFORMS PRODUCING
    19. 19. RECOMMENDED TOOLS NIKON 5300 ($1,200) APPLE IPHONE 4S ($200) Cameras GORILLAPOD (JOBY.COM) ($40) LAPEL MIC ($25) AUDIO-TECHNICA ATR-3550 Accessories
    20. 20. APERTURE 3
    21. 21. FINAL CUT PRO 7
    22. 22. FINAL CUT PRO X
    23. 23. CREATIVE WORKFLOW
    24. 24. Google Glass
    25. 25. START WITH A GOOD DESIGN
    26. 26. START WITH A GOOD DESIGN • Decide the platform of your story ahead of time • Be able to change that platform on a dime • Is this complimenting the story?
    27. 27. EXECUTION • Scout if possible • Be efficient with video/audio managements • Work with your subject to help them understand the final project
    28. 28. After a two year battle with cancer, John Fitzgerald didn’t have to look far for a final resting place that would satisfy his wife, Yvette and mother nature.
    29. 29. FINAL THOUGHTS • Design a strategy for your organization • Start small • Budget for mistakes • Don’t let the technology get in the way of the story
    30. 30. CONTACT • Steve Johnson • 407.782.2910 • sjohnson@jou.ufl.edu • Journo2Go.com • @Journo2go
    31. 31. #SCIWRI13 QUESTIONS?

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