Social Media Image Sizes

With so many social media platforms, how do you remember the various image size optimization guidelines?

A cool tip is to bookmark this blog post from websitehub and the related infographic to stay updated with any changes to the social media image size optimisation rules.
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iDVD Down and Dirty

There are dozens of tutorials available on creating DVD’s.  In this case quick is a good thing.  You don’t have to be a genius.  Just use the templates.  You can get creative later. Continue reading

Curriculum Links

Here are a few curriculum links.  Generally, these links lead you to more specific technical skills, tutorials and online resources. Continue reading

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Newsroom 101 Grammar

These free, self-instructional exercises address issues of grammar, usage and AP style that students may encounter in newswriting.  The Newsroom 101 site creators developed over 2,000 interactive lessons for journalists, professional writers, college students, high-school students and others who are learning or reviewing journalistic language. Continue reading

Searching the Web

My father swore he would never use his mobile phone to search the web or text.  Just the other day he admitted however that he now uses his phone more for data access (searching and texting) than for phone calls.

The problem is when he is watching a TV show and he sees something he immediately wants to look up he will sometimes get 100,000+ options.  Which one is the right one?

It is helpful to know how and where to search.  The following PowerPoint presentation courtesy of Dr. Serena Carpenter is helpful.

Searching the Web

Copyright Resources

So what now?

Included in this post are helpful Copyright resources provided by Dr. Serena Carpenter.

Public Domain Resources
Some organizations offer content classified as public domain, which means property rights are held by the public:

Stock Image Resources
Students can also use stock photos for free or for a price. Here is a list of sites that offer free stock photos:

Creative Commons
People have access to creative commons content because authors/creators give permission through Creative Commons licenses. Authors can choose from a variety of licensing options. A person must read the author’s restrictions related to the use of their content before posting the author’s content. Authors often times allow people to use their work as a way of promoting themselves, and thus, they want credit for their work. Creative Commons (CC) “is a nonprofit organization dedicated to making it easier to share and build upon the works of others consistent with copyright. We provide free licenses to enable sharing,” according to Vice Chair of Creative Commons Esther Wojcicki.

This screencast shows you how to navigate creative common search engines. Here are some sites that host or grant access to free creative commons content and other sites:

Licensing Your Site
Students can copyright their blog or site as well, however it is costly. Law student Ruth Carter said at a PodCamp AZ conference that it costs $65 every three months to copyright a blog. You do not have to register your site/content to receive copyright protection, however @rbcarter said the advantage is you are able to sue for more money if someone steals your stuff. If someone steals your content, you can also sue for statutory damages ($200 – $150,000 per infringement) and attorneys fees, not just real damage.

Copyright Conundrums

Every year it seems we address the same issues of Copyright.  My usual first response to the “Can I use it?” question is:  “If you don’t own it, you can’t use it without permission.”  We then begin exploring Creative Commons and Fair Use which only generates more grief.

For me it is pretty simple.  I own my publishing company.  I was a songwriter/recording artist for several years so it tends to become personal.  The money I missed because of illegal copying is small potatoes compared to that left unrealized in our current technology enabled world.

I recently came across this post from School Video News which provides some interesting resources that may help students understand and navigate the world of Copyright.  Most of the articles are by textbook author and video production guru Phil Harris.
Get your students off to the proper start for the year!

It seems that every year the “Copyright Monster” rears its ugly head

To have this information at your fingertips when you want it, we have compiled the following list of some of the articles that appear in School Video News. Feel free to download them, print them out using the button on the article and distribute them to your classes. There are more, but this should get you started.

How Does YouTube Get Away With It?

What Do Lemmings Get By Jumping Off the Cliff?

Movin’ On Up – Music in Sports

Movin on Up – Use of Music

Copyright Law: What you need to know

Copyright Permissions and LipDubs

Copyright Issues When Using Music in Videos

How Do I get Copyright Permission?

Warning: Your Video Contains Copyrighted Material

How to get Media Permissions for your Videos and Other Media

Illegal Sharing of Music Files-Who’s Getting Sued and Why

Media Permissions and Ethics: Essential Practices for Videographers

and many more in School Video News, your on-line resource for teachers of TV/Video and Film Production.

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Things your portfolio should include

I recently came upon this post by Miranda Watling in the 10,000 words blog site.  Her advice may seem obvious but I am constantly amazed at how often I find “professional sites” that aren’t.  If you want people to know about you and see what you have done, you need to include the basics.  Continue reading

Hiring Manager Deal Breakers

So what really is a deal breaker when you or your students apply for a job? I know many of you will disagree, but the reality is astonishing. Here is a summation of an article from Caitlin Malden of Career Builder.Com.

The full text of the article can be found here:…

1. Using social media speak during an interview.
2. Having an unprofessional online personal brand or posting personal content that is in poor taste.
3. Any written content that displays below par writing and grammar skills.
4. Complaining about prior companies in online forums
5. Bringing up salary in the initial interview.
6. Speaking about scheduling limitations or prospective reasons to leave a position.
7. Acting impolitely or speaking down to any person in the office.
8. Saying that dealing with people is your biggest challenge/weakness.
9. Consistently answering questions other than those asked.
10. Having immature cell pone ring backs.
11. Not knowing what job or company you are applying for.
12. Lying on a resume.
13. Arrogance.
14. Spelling mistakes on a resume.
15. Inappropriate attire.