Saturday, February 27, 2010

YouTube Contest: Last Chance to Enter! (Here Are the Criteria -- and 6 More Video Tips)

Hurry! The first round of YouTube's Project: Report contest ends tomorrow (Sunday). Upload your three-minute video (about a day in the life of someone who's making a positive impact on their community), and you could win a $10,000 grant to pursue videojournalism internationally.

We've previously shared YouTube's video tips for producing your video, here and here.

Now we've got another half dozen doses of advice about media management, story building, editing techniques, compression, audience building, promoting your video, and incorporating print journalism techniques into your video reporting.

Each short video features an accomplished professional videojournalist. So whether or not you choose to enter the contest, you're bound to glean some useful instruction here:

Project Report Production Tip #9: Media Management
(Whitney Shefte, Washington Post videojournalist)


Project Report Production Tip #10: Story Building
(Pierre Kattar, former Washington Post videojournalist)


Project Report Production Tip #11: Editing Techniques
(Robin Bell, Bell Visuals production company)


Project Report Production Tip #12: Compression
(Michael Rickley, Azimuth Media video producer)


Project Report Production Tip #13: Increasing Your Audience
(Mark Stanley, New Media Strategist, Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting)


Project Report Production Tip #14: Print to Video Journalism
(Jason Motlagh, Pulitzer Center international multimedia journalist)


CRITERIA: What makes a great videojournalism story?

If you decide to enter, be sure to read the rules. And even videojournalists who don't enter would do well to heed the judging criteria below (which, not coincidentally, is remarkably similar to the checklist we use to select video stories to showcase on KobreGuide to the Web's Best Videojournalism).

# Is the story topic interesting and compelling?
# Was the story reported from an original and unique perspective?
# How thorough was the reporting?
# Did the Entrant have an engaging storytelling style?
# How well did the Entrant technically execute the video? (i.e. the use of camera, sound, lighting, and editing)
# What was the overall impression?

Good luck!





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