Guardian Masterclasses: Video journalism and digital storytelling

Are you interested in video journalism? In that case, you might want to follow a course about it. On Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 January 2014 from 10am untill 5.30pm, you can do the Guardian Masterclass about Video Journalism and Digital Storytelling. You can buy tickets untill Jan 25, 2014 and they cost £429.00. Not including your flight of course, that’s the disadvantage for us Belgians…

The course will cover:

• How good online video can be distinct from other forms
• Planning and execution of multimedia reporting
• How to find stories, characters and scenes
• Filming with a smartphone
• Non-news coverage – how can we show sport and culture in a different light?
• Editing – how to turn your raw footage into a powerful storytelling
• Pitching ideas
• Practical session: editing an actual Guardian video
• Practical session: how to best film a case study
• Practical session: editing your footage

I think if you’re really interested and the English is no problem, you should take your chance, because online videos have revolutionised traditional print and they changed the way online newspapers approache journalism.

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How to be an online journalist

Online media have become very important the last few years. The digital era has arrived and young people grow up knowing everything about computers and sorts. Here are some tips on how you can become an online journalist.

1. You have to have a passion for online media. There has to be a drive to work with it.

2. Learn to communicate as a writer and a reporter. A study in journalism will help you with that.

3. Learn what works on the internet. Use forums, polls, blogs.

4. Make your own homepage.

5. Make sure you write an article that can be published on the web.

6. Learn the tools you can use on the internet.

Read the entire article here.

Bootcamp for digital journalism

Digital journalism is currently in its rise and will only become more important over the years. The Guardian, one of the quality newspapers of the UK, knows that, and has developed a boot camp for journalists to learn about the digital world and to enhance their digital journalistic skills.

The journalists who participate to the boot camp, will learn all the aspects of digital journalism: how it works, how to operate within it and how digital journalism will be of an importance in the future. The journalists will learn all the new skills necessary to pursue their own digital projects. They will learn to create their own website, to blog and to present news online. They get to know how to work with online communities and how to search through the digital world.

The course is given by some professionals inside the job. It is especially interesting for print journalists. Sales figures of newspapers continue to drop, and the digital market will have to compensate the loss.

I think it’s a great idea to give a course like that. I believe our generation, but especially the generation after, will use the internet constantly for searching news and topics. It is really important journalists will learn how to use the internet correctly, and how they can transfer their message through internet and digital platforms.

Read the article.