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Chicago Video Crew covers a thriller in South Bend for Pac-12

It was a cold, rainy, Saturday morning in the Midwest. A perfect day for college football, and what better match up than the Stanford-Notre Dame rivalry which always lives up to the hype with some of the better finishes in recent memory. I got the call to head to South Bend and cover the game with Pac-12 report Ashley Adamson. We shot a standup before the game at the Notre Dame tailgate with a contingent of Stanford fans who made the long trip to be in attendance for the game. We then fed the footage we shot before the game back to the Pac-12 studios via a Live U pack which uses cell phone service to act as a Satellite truck and beam the footage to the satellites waiting in California. Once the footage was all fed they were able to edit it together with a feature on Stanford’s quarterback and air it before the 3:30 EST kickoff!

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Ashley and I retired to the warmth of the press box for the game and waited until the game had ended to shoot some post game reaction and interviews. The game came down to the wire as expected and Stanford lost on a heartbreaking play in the final minute of the game as Notre Dame threw a long touchdown pass on third down and long. We caught up with some of the Stanford players to get their take on what happened and shot a stand up on the field afterwards. We sent this footage back to Pac-12 and they aired it on their late-night wrap up show.

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If you want to catch some of the post game footage I shot you can find it here!

http://pac-12.com/videos/stanford-football-players-react-after-late-loss-notre-dame

Charleston Crew takes on Vandy with Intersport

vanderbilt UGA intersport Go To Team college football Charleston crew  Charleston Crew takes on Vandy with Intersport video production services charleston crew  Vanderbilt University,  a smaller school in the SEC is preparing to go up against UGA.  That is the story…Shades of David and Goliath.  How can a team prepare for such an overwhelming opponent?  This is the story we told under the watchful guide of Intersport.  Using the Sony F-3, we trained alongside the Commodores, went to their team meetings, listened to their pep talks, and shared their hopes and fears.  Over the course of the week, we shot handheld, we shot on sticks,  we shot with ENG lenses, we shot with DSLR lenses, we brought out our slider, we shot beautiful scenics, we shot raw emotion, physical stress, the preparation of the body, the steeling of the mind.  The week culminated in battle on the UGA field.  The story of the Commodores struggle airs on Saturday, November 15, on CBS “College Football’s Open Season” at 2pm EST.  check it out.  

Using LinkedIn to get that journalism job

LinkedInThere are plenty of reasons for journalists to get on LinkedIn, but its not often mentioned as a place to create a broadcast journalism portfolio — until now.  Yumi Wilson is a manager for corporate communications at LinkedIn, and she also teaches journalism at San Francisco State.  She says the networking site’s relatively new option for embedding videos has made it much more relevant to broadcast journalists.

“As long as you have the link to the video, you can embed it right into your profile,” said Wilson.  You can use URLs from either YouTube or Vimeo.

Of course, you’ll want to use LinkedIn as just one tool in your job hunting toolbox, but Wilson says it can be particularly effective.

“I’m like a lot of people,” says Wilson.  “When I have extra time, I’ll spend it with personal networks like Facebook.  When people are investing time, they’re more likely to use LinkedIn.”

Wilson says there are about 331 million LinkedIn members worldwide, with about 100 million of those here in the United States.

In addition to adding your reel, here are more simple things you can do to improve your chances of getting your portfolio noticed.

  • Be sure to use the name you plan to use in your profession.  So, for example, if your friends call you “Skeeter” but you plan to be “Stuart” on the job, use the latter.  You’ll also want to go into the “Edit Profile” mode and customize your public profile URL.  Mine is www.linkedin.com/in/deborawenger/, for example, which should make it easier for people to find me.
  • The headline under your name should string key words together to show the job you want, too, not necessarily the job you have.  So, if you are looking for a newscast producing job, put those key words in that headline.
  • Join groups.  Something like LinkedIn for Journalists can help you in several ways.  You may find some great advice in the posts, but you can also send InMail to other members for free.  Plus, Wilson says that people who post in groups have their content viewed four times more often than those who don’t.
  • Be sure to include your photo and make it professional.  For the most part, it should be a head and shoulders shot with you dressed in the attire you’ll wear on the job.  Wilson says profiles with photos get 14 times the views of those that don’t.
  • Write your summary in first person says Wilson, and make sure it is at least 40 words long.  Wilson says people want to know who you are and first person narratives make that easier.
  • Give people multiple ways to contact you.  Since InMail isn’t always free, you’ll want to give prospective employers other ways to reach you.  Add your Twitter name or an email address for an account you check often.

Wilson says that 90 percent of recruiters use social media and they will typically use key word searches, so make sure your profile is loaded with the words people will use when looking for the position you want to have.  And be sure to keep your profile updated.

“Posting about a job change will increase your views by 12 times,” said Wilson.

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My apologies to my minimal audience for the neglect of this blog.

In-between sandblasting live trucks onto pilsner glasses due to the upcoming holiday to managing the technical side of the TV News Storyteller’s website, regrettably I just haven’t had time of late to compile old stories to post ‘em here.

(Though for those who are into photos of old news crews and vintage gear from days long since gone, I do post images from my collection onto my personal facebook page quite often…)

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Chicago Video Crew rocks out in Cleveland for Fox Sports

With football season in full swing, I’ve been getting some great opportunities to shoot some cool interviews with NFL players from all over. This time I had to make the trek to Cleveland, Ohio for Fox Sports to interview Brian Hoyer the quarterback for the Browns. I arrived at the Browns training facility near the Cleveland airport and met up with the DP Matt who also works out of Chicago. Together we set to work lighting a two-camera sit-down inside the field house.

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Since it was such a large space we chose to light using silks and several HMIs. We keyed with a 400 Joker hitting an 8×8 frame silk. We used a reflector on a smaller frame to bounce the key back as our fill light. In the background I hit the field and the far wall with my two 400 HMIs, while Matt used a huge 1600 Joker to spot the midfield logo. Since we used HMIs to light both the subjects and the background we were able to match the shots pretty well and get a very natural feel. The big lights also helped light up a very large, dark space. I shot on the F3 and Matt on the F55 and we both used nice cinema prime lenses.

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We got about 30 minutes with Brian Hoyer and then we wrapped up and headed to a nearby TV station to feed the footage back to Fox. Talk about a quick turn around, the interview we shot was slated to air that same night! In the end all went well and you can see the results of our efforts here: http://www.foxsports.com/nfl/video/brian-hoyer-cleveland-br

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Chicago Video Crew teams up for Fox Sports Features in the Midwest

It’s always fun getting to work with some of the other Go To Team crews and getting to share ideas and expertise. I had the chance to work with with our crews all the way from Miami and Charleston on a feature in Madison, Wisconsin as well as our D.C. crew and Nashville crew in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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Our Madison shoot featured a 3 camera sit down interview with the University of Wisconsin Men’s Basketball Head Coach Bo Ryan. We shot entirely on the Sony F55 with Canon lenses and used our MYT slider for the wide shot. We set up in the weight room and took advantage of the UW logos on a lot of the exercise equipment as nice background elements. Charleston DP Dave Baker was A Cam and he set to work lighting our background and framing up the tight shots. Miami DP Juan Lopez, meanwhile, set to work on his slider shot while I focused on lighting our subjects. We interviewed Bo for 20 minutes and then Dave and I captured B-Roll of the interior of the arena while Juan got some nice exteriors. We packed up, grabbed some deep-fried cheese curds, and I headed back home to Chicago!

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My next assignment for Fox was to head to Cincinnati, Ohio to work with Nashville DP Craig Goodale and D.C. DP Ryan Ricker on an interview with Andy Dalton and Donovan McKnabb. This time we also shot on the Sony F55 but also recorded to a Pix 240 to provide the client with Apple Pro Res. The interview and B-Roll we shot on that Thursday was going to air the following Friday night following playoff baseball on Fox Sports One!

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Our setup in one of the Bengals locker rooms was pretty elaborate and included bringing in some aluminum siding to create a nice reflective background that could be positioned and lit however we chose. Once again we were using the MYT slider for the third camera on the wide shot and chose to hang some lights from the ceiling in order to keep them clear of the wide shot. Donovan McKnabb sat down with Andy Dalton for about 15-20 minutes and then we shot some hero shots with Andy before he headed to practice. Craig and I stayed behind to shoot B-Roll of Andy and A.J. Green warming up at practice. We then shipped the footage off to Los Angeles where it was edited and ready for TV the next night!

Using Vine app in the newsroom

Screen Shot 2014-10-16 at 2.43.47 PMIn today’s media environment it’s important that news organizations actively seek out audience, and with its 40 million registered users, Vine is a social media platform worth considering.

But who is using it well and what can journalists learn from their experience?  The Reynolds Journalism Institute produced a video case study on Mashable’s use of Vine.  Some of the takeaways include:

  • Use Vine promotionally.  At Mashable, the bulk of the Vines produced are intended to promote content.  These “teases” work particularly well for highly visual stories.
  • Vine can work for breaking news as Mashable’s Ashley Codiani found during coverage of protests in Ferguson, Missouri.  She captured snapshots of the demonstrators and edited them together for a :06 view of the intensity of the situation.
  • Mashable has also used Vine to promote engagement by creating “community challenges.”  The create a unique hashtag and then ask for the Vine community to contribute riffs on a theme, such as one asking people to document the world in slow motion.  Mashable has also had success in generating revenue by attaching sponsors to the challenges.

The second half of the video explores the Washington Post’s politics team and their use of SnapChat for engaging audience.

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