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Resources and insights, brought to you by Val Hoeppner, the Multimedia Guru

Free and Cheap: Online Training, Blogs and More

No budget for training? The Web is rife with resources for training staff and helping you do your job. Below are some of the links I shared at the Associated Press Photo Managers conference in St. Louis. Add your favorites to the comments section of this post.
When I needed to learn to edit video in [...]

Watch This, A Lesson In Characters And B-Roll

The Washington Post video project, “Last Chance High School” tells the story of “candidates” at Freestate Challenge Academy in Maryland, a 17-month program that allows at-risk youth to receive military-style training and a GED.

Update: Free or Cheap Multimedia Software and Websites

Links to free websites and applications for producing multimedia. Do you have a favorite? Share it in our comment section.

Enhance Your Reporting With XML Data Feeds

Let the sun shine in. The U.S. Senate has joined the U.S. House in allowing XML or raw data feeds of members’ votes. Who cares? If you are an online journalist (aren’t we all?) then this is a way for you to efficiently track how your state’s representatives in Washington vote.

Viva Las Vegas Video

What happens in Vegas only stays in Vegas if it is not caught on video. Sarah Welliver, an American Indian Journalism Institute alum and Chips Quinn Scholar, attended the 2008 APME and APPM conferences in Las Vegas as a member of the student multimedia project administered by the Diversity Institute.

Final Edition From The Rocky

“Final Edition” is an excellent piece of video journalism by the staff of The Rocky Mountain News. The video chronicles the final weeks of the newspaper and its staff.

Chipsters on the Web

We have postings! Multimedia ready Chipsters, Maria Chercoles and Ashlee Clark have both posted audio slideshows. Maria wasted no time, posting her first Soundslide project from the Food and Wine event in Orange County, Calif just one week after multimedia training in April, 2008.

Crazy Horse: Two (multimedia) Views

A few weeks ago I joined about 250 American Indian high school and college students, their advisers, bus drivers and journalism mentors at Crazy Horse Memorial near Custer, South Dakota for the 9th Annual Native American Journalism Career Conference.
The highlight of the conference is always the trip up the mountain to face the spirit of [...]

Welcome from the Evangelist

I joined the Freedom Forum Diversity Institute in February 2008 as the Manager of Multimedia Education. I lobbied hard for the title of Multimedia Evangelist but found a blog poster who already was using that handle. I may win the title back because of my passion for journalism and multimedia. For now, I’ll have to [...]