which viewfinder is better

Okay,

So I am looking for an lcd viewfinder/monitor to use with my Canon 5DMKIII and also the occasional C300 rental that I do.

I have used the Zacuto Z Finder, but have not been so impressed by it nor the price. I like the Small HD DP4.

Anybody have experience with either and can discuss the pros/cons of each?

Thanks!

Don’t Miss Out on Early Bird Discounts for the 2015 Advanced Storytelling Workshop.

Discounts are available for the NPPA Adavanced Storytelling Worskhop if you register by Jan 1st. The Wotkshop dates are March 29 - April 3, 2015 in San Marcos, TX at Texas State University. You will work incredibly hard during this week long workshop but, by graduation you will have the tools to take your storytelling to the next level. For more information please visit the website.

Don’t Miss Out on Early Bird Discounts for the 2015 Advanced Storytelling Workshop.

Discounts are available for the NPPA Adavanced Storytelling Worskhop if you register by Jan 1st. The Wotkshop dates are March 29 - April 3, 2015 in San Marcos, TX at Texas State University. You will work incredibly hard during this week long workshop but, by graduation you will have the tools to take your storytelling to the next level. For more information please visit the website.

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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Tom Magliozzi, Broadcast Giant Remembred

Today (Saturday 11/8/14) I laughed so hard my sides hurt. Tom Magliozzi was remembered by his brother Ray. I timed a quick errand to tune into Car Talk. Like always. The loss for those Tom leaves behind was in Ray's voice today. It hurt! The throat dried, but before I could really choke up, there came the laughter. Like always. I arrived home and sat in the car to ride out peals of laughter. Like always. The "Tap-it" brothers have been making me laugh almost as long as I've been allowed to drive. Hearing the quips and queries always took me to familiar roads and wisdoms. The Magliozzi brothers are now part of the American Cultural collage. They've gently guided us through the frustrations of mechanized life. Always with the laugh. That Ray wants to continue Car Talk as tribute to Tom is comforting. I know I can keep my weekend routine, and laugh with Click and Clack. Like Always.

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