Morgan State University students participate in multimedia training with JAWS members

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Following up on a successful faculty training at Morgan State University, a team including Michelle Johnson of Boston University, freelancer April Bailey and Susy Schultz of Columbia College trained a group of 10 students on Feb. 3-4.

Day One: Storytelling and Editing via Adobe Premiere

Schultz reviewed the basics of digital storytelling and had students work through a digital story sheet she prepared using video files she provided. This allowed students to understand the backstories and get an idea of how to craft a story. Bailey conducted a hands-on workshop in which students edited video using Adobe Premiere.

Day Two: Video for Digital Platforms

Day Two focused primarily on producing mobile packages via cell phone. Johnson lead a discussion about “web native” video versus broadcast style video and showed examples. She then walked students through a variety of mobile apps including: Storehouse, Evrybit and Google Photo Spheres.

Students were then given an assignment to shoot video and photos during the lunch break which they used to produce a multimedia piece. Schultz and Bailey assisted, then the team reviewed the results and critiqued the students’ work.

Storytelling Assignment: The Weather

  1.  Using Storehouse, create a story about today’s weather that includes photos, video, text and one interview.
  2. Using Google Street View: Shoot a 360 photo that gives viewers a look at today’s weather and tweet it.
  3. Using Evrybit: Create a story about today’s weather using photos, videos, text and an audio interview.