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Video Journalism Training


3 Days

Increasingly journalists are being asked to shoot professional video footage to accompany reports - often working alone.

Day one teaches the basics of planning a production and shooting content, based on producing talking head interviews, news stories and promos. It covers using video camera technology, framing shots, recording good sound and using basic lighting / using existing available light. There is also advice on interview techniques and formulating good questions.

Day two is a hands on day shooting content.

Day three is focused on editing the footage shot on day two.

The course includes a  introduction to either Adobe Premiere Pro or Final Cut Pro with the emphasis on ingesting and editing footage and preparing video for broadcast or for the web.

Please not we also offer a 4 day version of this course with more comprehensive editing training. training


Any one wishing to use a video camera to shoot interview or short news items & factual content, then edit the footage to obtain professional looking results.


No previous knowledge of video production or camera skills are required.


Day 1: Video Pre - Production  & Production

Pre Production

  • Pre-production thinking & the paperwork that you produce from it

  • Outline, treatment

  • Shooting script

  • Storyboard

  • Production schedule

  • Production checklist


  • Skill of the Interviewer

  • Closed & Open questions

  • Best Practice


  • Importance of technical quality:

  • Good sound

  • Good lighting

  • White balance

  • Using a tripod

Good Shots

  • Framing Shots

  • The Rule of Thirds & Balance

  • Shot Composition

Acquiring appropriate Illustrative Material

  • Shooting B Roll, GV’s / Cutaways


  • How to Use the Manual Focus

  • Depth of Field, Pull focus

  • Controls: Iris, Shutter
, Gain
, Lens angle

  • White Balance

Setting up for an interview

Basic Lighting Set-up

  • Best Prtactice

  • Shooting outdoors

  • Shooting Indoors

  • 3 point lighting set up


  • Using Different mics

Best practice

Day 2

  • Shooting a news story

  • Day spent externally on location

  • Shooting interview / Vox Pops

  • Shooting BRoll and GVs

  • Focus on the practical side of shooting content

  • Practice of Interview technique

  • Practice of setting up a shoot,

  • Framing shots

  • Acquiring good quality audio

  • Using available light

Day 3

The third day of the course will be spent editing and preparing your footage for broadcast.

Introduction to editing digital video
• Shooting terminology
• Understanding non-linear editing
• Setting up a project
• Understanding the Editing Package’s interface

• Choosing preference settings
• Working with bins
• Transferring your footage from the camera to the desktop

Reviewing your footage and making editing decisions
• Viewing and marking clips
• Working with your story
• Selecting footage to use
• Creating a piece with a start, middle and end

Editing your footage
• Understanding the Timeline
• Editing in the Timeline
• Viewing edit points
• Inserting clips
• Deleting clips and gaps
• Trimming, dragging and fine-tuning edit points
• Editing for impact
• Using the trim edit window
• Adding video transitions

 Adding Audio
• Adjusting audio in the timeline
• Editing sound clips
• Creating Voice overs
• Combining location recordings and voice-overs
• Making audio-only edits
• Applying audio transitions

Incorporating still images
• Adding logos, maps, diagrams and other items
• Incorporating still images

Working with titles
• Adding titles
• Animating titles

Finishing your project
• Exporting your sequence and clips
• Preparing video for broadcast
• Preparing your video for the web
• Compression issues

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