Steve Buttry, digital transformation editor at Digital First Media, will be at the New Haven Register Tuesday leading workshops on social media, blogging and building a digital-first copy desk.
Buttry led similar workshops Monday at the Register Citizen Newsroom Cafe in Torrington.
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As you can tell by looking at the gap in posts on this blog and the gap in activity on the Ninja School Twitter account, the Digital Ninja School was essentially on hiatus through late summer and much of the fall.
The hiatus came about for a variety of reasons, including that Chris March, who had been most responsible for keeping things moving when he was Assistant Managing Editor for Disruption, left the JRC Connecticut group to work in Digital First Media’s Project Thunderdome newsroom in New York.
With a few weeks left in the calendar year, though, we’re re-launching the program with an emphasis on more closely tailored training sessions and on freeing up staffers to do innovating, enterprising work.
Folks from DFM will be in Connecticut throughout the week running a series of workshops on topics ranging from social media for local news coverage to data journalism and video workflow.
Steve Buttry, DFM’s Digital Transformation Editor, was at the Register Citizen Cafe in Torrington Monday leading workshops on social media and blogging for local news coverage, and on copy editing in a digital-first workflow.
Steve will be in New Haven running the same workshops today.
Here are some highlights from Monday’s sessions:
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When I asked my photo editor, Cathy Avalone, to livestream the July 4 fireworks in Middletown, she immediately started to think about ways to make it more fun.
Then she grabbed her MacBook Pro and ran outside to the pre-firework festival outside City Hall. She livestreamed herself – starting with the elevator ride from the office – and a reporter interviewing people full of anticipation for the Big Event. CLICK HERE to check out her video and CLICK HERE to see some fireworks.
Middletown Press reporter Jeff Mill edits video clips.
Middletown Press reporter Jeff Mill was one of the first people in the newsroom to embrace the new Flip cameras when we got them two years ago. His camera is always neatly tucked into his chest pocket when he heads out to an assignment, and he will take it out to shoot video when the situation calls for it – whether it’s a car crash or a parade.
However, Jeff used to be one of the reporters who came back from an assignment, picked a person in the newsroom who looked skilled and trustworthy, handed his camera over and said “here.”
Then, he expressed an interest in leaning to “do it all” on his own.
Through coaching, instructions and support from co-workers, Jeff has now mastered the skill of basic editing in the free Flipshare program that comes with the camera, which lets you trim clips and put them together into a movie.
Jeff’s first video edited without anyone else by his side was this one from the Cromwell Memorial Day Parade. He put together eight different clips, added a title and credits to the movie and successfully uploaded it into Syndicaster, our video platform.
The next day, he covered a press conference in East Hampton at a factory that had burned down, and he came back and put together this video. His second video was a combination of clips that he and Photo Editor Cathy Avalone had taken at the site. But Jeff did all the editing and uploading himself.
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When covering the Winsted Memorial Day parade, Register Citizen reporter Jason Siedzik
Register Citizen reporter Jason Siedzik
decided to try out making his first podcast as part of his goals for the first Digital Ninja School belt.
This first podcast features Mayor Maryann Welcome’s remarks, and Jason also does an intro and an outro where he encourages questions and comments from readers.
CLICK HERE to listen to the podcast.