Welcome to Video2
The first half of Video2 will focus on making videos with only a smartphone, ideally the iPhone, and is taught by Stephen Quinn. The second half will focus on video journalism and is taught by Runar Kristiansen in Oslo and Trondheim and Melanie Burford in Bergen. Stephen Quinn intends to use a Facebook group and this site to communicate with you because it’s friendlier than the college’s CMS.
Burum, Ivo and Quinn, Stephen. (2015). MOJO: The Mobile Journalism Handbook Focal Press (Taylor and Francis Group), Boston. Includes 13 videos. 296 pages.
Fredriksen, Kristian (2009). Alene med et kamera. Videojournalistens virkelighed (Forlaget Ajour).
Kartveit, Kate (2006). TV-journalistikkens ABC. Metoder, bildeforståelse og fortellerteknikk (IJ-forlaget).
We will use the MediaTrain web site as a resource for this course. Find it at http://multimediatrain.com/ This site by Eliot Fitzroy offers useful video tutorials: http://epictutorials.com/. Also very useful is this Facebook group about mobile journalism called MojoCon.
During this course students are required to produce two news videos, each of four minutes. Think of them as short news documentaries. The word “produce” means the student must shoot, edit, script, record and distribute that video. Each student must upload their videos to their YouTube site.
Students can produce their videos using a mobile phone (mojo) or a standard video camera, or some combination of these approaches. The first video is due at the end of lesson 6 and the second video is due at the end of lesson 12.
For their exam, students choose one of these videos as their assessment, and provide a link from YouTube to the examination site. This is worth 70%. The other 30% is a piece to camera in which students reflect on the course. Narration, name supers, headlines and any subtitles for all assignments must be in English, and students cannot use videos made for practice as their assessment. It is acceptable to interview people in Norwegian provided an English translation is provided as subtitles or voice-over.
A file named “Grade criteria” will be available on the Facebook site to tell you what you need to do to pass this course. Each week files used in class will be available on this site.
Stephen Quinn suggests you keep abreast of mojo developments by checking the teacher’s Delicious site every few days: http://del.icio.us/sraquinn/mojo
Equipment for mojo
For the “mojo” part of this course you will need an iOS device (though it is possible to do mojo with any smartphone running the Android OS). You need to have the latest version of the iMovie app on your iPhone or iPad or iPad Mini or iTouch. As of August 2016 the app’s latest version is 2.2.3. You can check via Settings. The icon is a white star on a purple background. If you do not have an iOS device, partner with someone who does.
If you have a smartphone with the Android operating system, they could use the KineMaster Pro Video Editor. It has multiple video editing tracks, but only for some Android phones and you need to pay for a second editing track. It also imposes a watermark which you have to pay to have removed, and it only allows you to save the file in HD2 (720p). Many smartphones have better cameras than the iPhone, but you cannot edit properly with the available apps and/or save the files in full HD for uploading and distribution without watermarks. So the quality of the camera is irrelevant.
Why the iPhone?
At least 3 million apps are available on the various app stores. But only devices running the iOS have apps that allow two tracks for video editing along with three audio tracks. It is not possible to make quality video with only one video track for editing; you need to be able to do cutaways. Hence the focus on the use of the iPhone.
If you want your video to stand out you must make a quality product. To do that you need to be able to shoot, edit and script in a professional way. The first half (mojo) of this course teaches you how to make professional videos with only an iPhone, and focuses on the power of unique images, quality script and narration, and sophisticated editing to create compelling content. The other half also focuses on unique images, quality script and narration, and sophisticated editing.
Web sites of mojo reporters
Neal Augenstein is a reporter with PBS in the United States. He maintains a web site devoted to video reporting at http://iphonereporting.com/
Glen Mulcahy is a trainer with the Irish national public broadcaster RTÉ. His blog about mobile reporting is useful http://tvvj.wordpress.com/category/mobile-journalism-mojo/
Bios of your teachers
Stephen Quinn teaches mojo in the first half of this course. He runs MOJO Media Insights, based in Brighton, UK. He teaches journalists how to make broadcast-quality videos with only iOS devices, and shows media companies how to recycle content to make money via iBooks. Dr Quinn was a journalist in five countries from 1975-95 for some of the world’s best-known media companies, before becoming a journalism educator. He returned to journalism full time in 2011 and makes mojo videos when he’s not teaching. Dr Quinn has written 23 print books and five digital books. In the past decade he has given almost 200 presentations on the future of journalism in 38 countries. He has taught mojo skills to journalists in 17 countries since 2010. More about him can be found at https://sraquinn.org/mojo/
Runar Kristiansen teaches video journalism in Trondheim and Oslo. He has more than 30 years’ experience as a news reporter and editor. He has worked on all journalistic platforms: Radio, TV, the web and newspapers. Runar started as a journalist trainee at the Trondheim-based paper Nidaros in 1979, and he also worked for the regional newspaper Adresseavisen. Then he had several years with the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation NRK as a radio and television reporter, both local and nationwide. He joined TV2 when the station launched in 1992, and was a reporter with Dokument 2, a programme for investigative journalism. He then moved to the TV2 bureau in Trondheim, before becoming evening desk editor at TV2’s main newsroom in Bergen. Runar started teaching journalism at Høyskolen Kristiania in Trondheim three years ago. His specialities are news journalism, crime journalism and video journalism.
Melanie Burford teaches video journalism in Bergen. She works on long-term investigative projects as a photographer and video journalist. She worked for newspapers for more than 20 years, beginning in New Zealand before moving to America in 1999 where she became a staff photographer at The Dallas Morning News. Melanie was part of the team of photographers there who received the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for breaking news photography for coverage of Hurricane Katrina. After moving to New York in 2009, Melanie became a founding member of the photo collective, Prime (more about Prime at http://www.primecollective.com/). In New York she freelanced for media publications, worked as an adjunct assistant professor at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and was series producer for a six-part video series for The New York Times. In 2014 she moved with her family to Norway, and is based in Bergen.