Adobe Premiere Tutorials

My good friend Mark Johnson, who teaches visual journalism at The University of Georgia, has put together a strong series of video editing tutorials at his Digital Literacy web site. We will review these in class but you should also bookmark them for your own reference. You want to focus on the Nos. 16-20 segments.




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Updated Day-To-Day Schedule

Folks —

I’ve updated the Day-to-Day schedule to reflect us being ahead of schedule. I’ve bumped the deadline for the first project to the end of class on the 24th. Please plan accordingly.



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Extra Credit Opportunity

What: Discussion of New UMass Policy on the Admission of Iranian Students

When: Tonight, 7 p.m., UMass Campus Center Room 903.

Task: File 6-8 tweets on tonight’s meeting. Report on what is happening as well as the spectacle of the event itself. Please use the #weareallumass hashtag with your tweets.

Extra Credit Available: 0-2 points to your final grade based on quality/quantity of tweets

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Why Getting Names Right Matters, Reason No. 93

If you get it wrong, you look like a fool:

To the Campus Community:

It is with sadness that I write to inform you of the death of Matthew Schiek.  Matthew passed away as the result of an accident off-campus, Saturday, February 14, 2015. Matthew was from Freehold, NJ, a junior in Mechanical Engineering, a member of the Commonwealth Honors College and participating member of the Boltwood Project in the Service Learning Center.

We extend our sincere condolences to James’ family and friends and want to affirm our commitment to creating a caring community by noted these resources for students, faculty and staff:

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Class Blog Discussion #1

Hi all —

Please read: The Challenge of The American-Made Benny and weigh in with your thoughts/comments on the comments board of this blog entry.




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Free Pizza!

Yes, our Tuesday class is cancelled. Please e-mail me your memos.

And, in place of class we have:

Twitter Assignment #2 (insert fan applause): Between today and Wednesday evening, please file at least 8-10 storm tweets at #umassjournalism. Photos and videos are welcome as well as insight into being a student at UMass during this “historic storm.” Pass along news as well……

Also, in case you missed it, here’s a good reaction piece to the decision by Sports Illustrated to lay off its photo staff.

See you Thursday!


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Some tips for social media newsgathering

Liz Heron is one of the experts out there and she put together a “tips” storify a few years ago.


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