KPCC’s AudioVision series feels like TV on the radio and vice-versa

A new pilot video series by KPCC in Southern California aims to marry video with the distinct voice of public radio. The neat effect while playing “The Whale Warehouse,” the debut video on KPCC’s AudioVision site: Close your eyes and you might feel as if you were listening to a made-for-radio piece.

With the exception of a few spots in the video — like when co-host Mae Ryan tells viewers they might want to fast-forward if they get queasy looking at blood — the audio could stand alone. That’s how tight the narration is, and one reason an AudioVision story takes many days to produce.

KPCC visual journalist Grant Slater told Poynter via phone that AudioVision takes inspiration from Radiolab and NPR. But their video stories are done on a one-off basis, Slater said, so the goal with AudioVision is to serialize the TV on the radio — or radio on the TV — similar to what Vice Media, PBS Off Book and the New York Times’ Op-Docs properties have achieved. Read more


Tips for Storytellers: Get your video right

If you never trained for video, here are a few basic tips from Regina McCombs, senior editor for visual news at Minnesota Public Radio and Poynter adjunct faculty.

Part of a series of graphics with tips for storytellers, this infographic can be thought of as bite-sized inspiration.

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Third of millennials watch mostly online video or no broadcast TV

Thirty-four percent of millennials surveyed watch mostly online video or no broadcast television, new research from The New York Times says.

Brian Brett, the Times’ executive director of customer research, is scheduled to present the research at the INMA Audience Summit in Las Vegas Thursday. Read more

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New York Times launches weekly video series to highlight new findings in scientific research

A thresher shark’s tail attack is like a “ballet move.” A cheetah changes direction like a wide receiver. Myxococcus xanthus bacteria have a “kind of stealth communication system” that may help them plan their signature wavelike attacks.

Those are some of the ways New York Times science writer James Gorman discusses scientific research in the Times’ weekly “Science Take” videos, which debut today. The clips are 60-90-second-long discussions of an idea that’s popped out of research Gorman and the science section’s Jeffery DelViscio have read.

The journalists look for research with “one point that can be summarized,” Gorman said by phone. A lot of scientific research now has video attached, making it easier for the Times to illustrate sometimes-lofty concepts.

That’s not actually too far from a way to approach blogging, I ventured to science editor Barbara Strauch in a separate call. Read more

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University of Oregon students embrace iPad-only publication, challenge traditional storytelling methods

Nathan Wallner is punching me in the face.

Again and again, the mixed martial arts fighter jukes, jives and aims jabs directly at my jawbone. Or so it seems, thanks to an eye-opening, interactive reading experience courtesy of OR Magazine.

Conceived and assembled each spring by upperclassmen at the University of Oregon’s School of Journalism and Communication, OR is the first and most prominent student publication produced exclusively for the iPad. It’s also one of the most innovative student-media and journalism-education initiatives in the U.S., an effort that seeks to “challenge the traditional approach to classroom instruction” and pioneer new methods of content production.

Or, as a student staffer on the magazine put it last year, “I really feel like I’m working for The Daily Prophet from Harry Potter.”

The Wild West of a learning curve

The reader’s journey with OR doesn’t begin in a cupboard under the stairs but in the iTunes store on the iPad. Read more

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Why the time is right for The Washington Post & others to boost video initiatives

The Washington Post will formally launch PostTV today — a big gamble that it can widen audience and win significant advertising revenue by producing digital video programs and distributing the segments to various partners.

Announced in concept in June, PostTV includes an existing news summary show called “The Fold.” “On Background” — an interactive news discussion hosted by Nia-Malika Henderson — will debut today at 12:30 p.m. ET, its regular time spot. Later in the week, “In Play,” a political show anchored by Chris Cillizza and former USA Today reporter Jackie Kucinich, will be added.

These three are just a start to a much bigger venture, senior editor for video Andrew Pergam told me in a phone interview. Additional shows will follow, and all will be chopped into segments that can be viewed individually and, over time, made available on other platforms. Read more


AP expands deal with LiveU to enhance video coverage of live events

The Associated Press announced a new deal with LiveU, a video technology company, to enhance its live video capabilities.’s Alastair Reid explains:

The new deal means AP will be able to use LiveU’s mobile video technology for better coverage of live events, which it has already used to report from the hospital in Pretoria where Nelson Mandela is being treated.

“Every major news story that breaks will have live coverage from a video eye-witness within minutes of it happening,” Sandy MacIntyre, AP’s director of global video, told “When journalists arrive on the scene their first thought is going to be ‘we need to get on air live’ – this new technology allows them to do that quickly and cost-effectively.”

The announcement comes one month after the AP purchased a minority stake in Bambuser — a service that lets users watch, broadcast and share video. Read more

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Associated Press purchases minority stake in Bambuser video service

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The Associated Press has purchased a minority stake in Bambuser — a service that lets users watch, share and broadcast video.

AP Director of Global Video News Sandy MacIntyre will join Bambuser’s board as “a non-executive director,” the AP says. In a release about the move, MacIntyre said:

“User-generated video content of live and breaking news is the new frontier of news generation. … Bambuser is the proven platform for eyewitnesses around the world to stream their video content and has been invaluable to the AP over the past year, allowing us to access footage of verifiable breaking news stories that would simply not have been possible before. Moreover, we have always been deeply impressed by the proven technology from the small but very talented team at Bambuser.”

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Research reveals ‘key to viral videos’

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People share videos of ads when doing so makes them look good, according to research by Harvard Business School assistant professor Thales S. Teixeira.

People watch a lot of things online that they would never share with anyone,” Teixeira tells Carmen Nobel.

After comparing the sharing behavior with the emotional responses and personality tests, Teixeira found that the main motivation for viral sharing was egocentricity—the viewer’s desire to derive personal gain from sharing the video. In this case, the potential gain comes in the form of improving the viewer’s reputation among friends and family, for example. Thus, it behooves advertisers to create videos that not only will make the product look good but, if shared, will make the viewer look good, too.

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Videolicious: One way reporters can make and file decent videos from their iPhones

There were few specifics in the Chicago Sun-Times’ announcement that it had laid off its photographers and tasked its reporters with capturing photos and video via iPhone. For instance: How in the heck will reporters capture quality video if they have little or no video experience?

One possible answer may be found at The Washington Post, which has deputized some of its reporters to create videos using an iOS app called Videolicious. Post deputy editor of video Jonathan Forsythe stresses that while the paper does “not have any plans for Videolicious to ever replace our high-quality video stories shot and reported by our video department,” some of its journalists have made popular Web-ready videos since it began training staff to use the tool late last year. Read more

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