Posts Tagged ‘student’

As promised to my University of Sunderland students – here’s a quick video walkthrough on how to create a slideshow in Photo Story 3. Hope it’s useful. Feedback welcomed. Should hold up to full-screen viewing if you need a closer look.

>> Download Photo Story 3 (it’s free!)

Just a note to say that I am now getting stuck into a part-time role as an academic tutor at the University of Sunderland.

Ran a session with journalism students today on Photo Story 3 in which they created their own slideshow from scratch. They seemed to enjoy having a tangible product at the end. And hopefully they appreciated the context of the lesson which was designed to show how a free, quick and easy tool can turn a two-dimensional story into compelling content that will generate significant traffic for a site.

Slideshows often out-perform videos on www.sunderlandecho.com. And they’re handy when it comes to covering poignant stories which are too sensitive for video intrusion, such as Sharon Dyer’s funeral.

Better still, applications such as Photo Story 3 can be learned in a few minutes and produce professional results in a matter of seconds.

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An actual conversation from a real-life newsroom…

Staffer: What year are you in at Uni?

Work ex: Third year, well I should have graduated last month but I didn’t arrange work placements so I can’t graduate until November… at least I’m doing it now.

Staffer: You’re studying magazine journalism – did you work on the student magazine?

Work ex: I didn’t bother… there were other people better than me.

… forget the credit crunch – you’re hired!

A genuine example, but not from our newspaper, of one journalism student’s comment to an editor…

Asked to accompany a reporter on job they said they would prefer to stay in the office as they don’t like dealing with the public.

“Okay,” agreed the somewhat bemused editor, adding, “you can stay here and make some calls.”

“I’d prefer not to, if that’s ok,” replied the people-shy student.

A wannabe journalist who doesn’t want to speak to, or meet, normal folk. IT conversion course, anyone?