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Student Media Fall Playlist

The leaves are changing, temperatures are dropping, and Student Media Tech has a new fall playlist. 🍁 ⁠Listen now to hear our favorite songs of the season, plus a few spooky additions!⁠  

A laptop sits open with a variety of sources. In front there is a post waiting to be published online.

In our last blog post, we spoke about simple steps you could take to build media literacy while consuming and sharing content online. In this post, we will cover the other side of the issue; how can we create ethical, accurate, and honest media?   The Five Core Principles of Ethical Journalism One crucial concept that comes to mind as we begin to talk about this is ethical journalism. As …

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A phone has a news article pulled up, and the graphic questions whether it should be shared or not.

We live in a world saturated by news and media. You´ll find headlines, advertisements, and informational graphics almost everywhere you look, and while it may seem easy to discern fact from opinion, the lines between the two are far less clear. To demonstrate how hard it can be, try taking the News Literacy Project’s quizzes titled How News Literate Are You? and Should I Share It?    Taking these quizzes, …

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After Effects Animation: Transformation Properties

Introduction Animation can be intimidating to learn, but with four basic transform properties in Adobe After Effects, the process can be approachable for anyone with access to the program. Our team member, John Rojas, has created a video showing you how to make a simple animation using the position, scale, rotation, and opacity properties. If you are interested in learning more about Adobe After Effects please check out Adobe’s …

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Photo of Black Lives Matter Protest

While protests happen regularly across the world, the United States has recently had an uprising of demonstrations in all fifty states as a part of the Black Lives Matter Movement. Student Media has created a guide for student journalists covering these protests, to keep themselves, and the protestors they may be recording, safe. The main point in all of this comes from Poynter’s 23 guidelines for journalists to safely cover …

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A phone is filming flowers on a mobile tripod

Advances in mobile technology have made it possible to create high-quality videos on your phone without a studio environment. If you are looking to enhance what your phone can do, here are our equipment recommendations.   Tripods Footage shot without a tripod can appear shaky and be hard to watch for long periods. In our last blog post, we included resources showing you how to make a homemade stand for …

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Youtube loading on a mobile device.

With mobile technology constantly improving, creating high-quality video no longer requires access to expensive equipment and a studio environment. Here are five tips to get you started recording Youtube-level video with just your phone and basic household objects. 1.Use Natural Light Good lighting can easily make your video go from looking amateur to professional. The easiest, and cheapest, light source you have available is natural light. If filming inside, south-facing …

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Podcast 4

Podcasting is on the rise. Last year an annual survey done by Edison Research and Triton Digital revealed that in 2019 40% of people ages 12-24 listen to podcasts monthly, a 10% increase from 2018. Beyond the statistics, it’s become hard to ignore podcasting’s advance. Most major streaming platforms have added podcasts to their platforms, and major news platforms have begun to produce them. For college students, creating a podcast …

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At home podcast recording set up with a microphone, pop filter, and computer

Podcasting is on the rise. Last year an annual survey done by Edison Research and Triton Digital revealed that in 2019 40% of people ages 12-24 listen to podcasts monthly, a 10% increase from 2018. Beyond the statistics, it’s become hard to ignore podcasting’s advance. Most major streaming platforms have added podcasts to their platforms, and major news platforms have begun to produce them. For college students, creating a podcast …

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Podcast set up with keyboard, microphone and tablet

Podcasting is on the rise. Last year an annual survey done by Edison Research and Triton Digital revealed that in 2019 40% of people ages 12 to 24 listen to podcasts monthly, a 10% increase from 2018. Beyond the statistics, it has become hard to ignore podcasting’s advance. Most major streaming platforms have added podcasts to their databases, and major news networks have begun to produce them. For college students, …

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