Journalists' Toolkit


A training site for multimedia and online journalists

HTML and CSS templates for learning, teaching

I have made a GitHub repo containing HTML and CSS templates for beginners.

An entire GitHub repo can be downloaded by clicking the “Download ZIP” button on the right-hand side of the main page.

As a teacher, I find it’s very handy to have files ready to open and show to students who are having trouble with one aspect of CSS or HTML. I show them the code, we talk about it, they usually get a clearer idea of how it works. But digging around for files on my hard drive is time-consuming and not always successful. Writing a new stylesheet from scratch takes time.

So this collection of simple problem-solving (and problem-illustrating) files will be useful to me in many situations. You can use it too.

Video Resources updated

The new Video Resources page has been added to this site.

This is a carefully curated page with links to good tutorials for video editing software, video shooting tips, and the like. It’s intended for beginners, particularly journalism students and journalism educators who are teaching video in their classes.

Soundslides: Getting started, tips and help

A new resource page here: Soundslides: A Brief Introduction.

It provides a simple overview of what Soundslides can do and how to get started with the application — which is widely used for creating simple audio slideshows for the Web.

At the bottom of the page you’ll find some helpful links.

You might also be interested in this site’s Soundslides Troubleshooting Guide, which covers the most common errors made by new users of Soundslides.

iMovie 09 tutorials for journalism students

For journalism students just starting to learn video, I created two compact, illustrated handouts in fall 2010:

Basic iMovie 09 Tutorial — PDF, 9 pages, 1 MB

More iMovie 09 Tips (Part 2) — PDF, 6 pages, 552 KB

The reason I made two handouts instead of one:

In the first video editing class, I teach purely editing. I focus on how to trim, what to trim, and how to match the action. I talk a little about avoiding jump cuts. I explain how to export a high quality file.

In the second video editing class, I devote most of the time to how cutaways work and how to make them. Then I cover how to add audio, titles and credits. Adjustments to audio volume and detaching audio from video are also explained.

You can use these handouts under this Creative Commons license.

Apple’s how-to videos for iMovie 09 are here.

New tutorial: Windows Live Movie Maker

As an aid to a journalism training session I agreed to give, I created a short PowerPoint that is aimed at journalism students.

Windows Live Movie Maker Tutorial

Windows Live Movie Maker is quite different from its predecessor — Windows Movie Maker (not “live”). It is less versatile in several ways. To answer my own questions about WLMM, I did quite a lot of searching on the Web. To spare others the trouble and share the answers I found, I made a two-page PDF with links:

Windows Live Movie Maker Tips (PDF, 128 KB)

If you have any helpful WLMM links to suggest, please add a comment.

Beginner’s tutorial for Audacity

> Watch and listen to the tutorial.

It’s been a long road to making this tutorial, but finally, it’s finished. This is essentially my entire lecture and demonstration about how to use Audacity, step by step, for journalists and journalism students.

The target audience is people who have never edited audio before.