First-Ever Multimedia Journalism Bootcamp!

If you happened to stroll past Bartlett Hall this weekend, you would have seen a small group of journalism students hunched over their laptops, putting together a collection of stories focusing on the return of students to UMass and Amherst.  The students were part of the first-ever Multimedia Journalism Bootcamp, which began Thursday night and concluded late Saturday afternoon.

Jackie Hai, BJ Roche and I guided student discussions on everything from the role of bloggers and social media to the importance of networking and internships to the ethics of using music in audio slideshows.  Instructors accompanied students on reporting outings on Friday and worked with students on the editing of their video and text pieces upon returning to Bartlett 107.  Students spent about 14 hours on Friday working on their packages, which can be found on Amherst Wire.

A great experience for all involved.  Much thanks to my fellow instructors, Jackie Hai and BJ Roche, for helping to make this happen!



About journalismprof

Steve joined the journalism faculty at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in August 2007 and has been working to incorporate multimedia across the curriculum. Since arriving at UMass, Steve has developed three courses modeled after his multimedia journalism course. The courses allow students to work in teams in a newsroom-like environment where they work on packages -- using video, audio and photos to tell stories. He is also working with students on developing, a news Web site staffed completely by students. Steve has more than 25 years of experience as an editor and reporter for print and online publications, including 10 as an editor at He also edits part-time for with the NFL and college football network.
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