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What´s News? (Lesson 1)

Brief description of What is News for the novice online news reporter.
Identify the news items. Your news will be tied to your specific audience. Learn to "detect" the news in your everyday life. Examples


The 5W questions of the news (Lesson 2)

Who?, What?, Where?, When?, Why?. The answer to these 5 questions is basic for a news report and should be in the LEAD paragraph of every article. Learn how to do it right. How to get all the facts organized as an "inverted pyramid" a must in modern journalism.


News Sources (Lesson 3)

How to detect the main news sources in your community, school or work place. Be the best Online Journalist in your home town. Get breaking news first than any other media!
Take advantage of this FREE Online Journalism 50 lesson course in English or Spanish.


Putting your news together (Lesson 4)

After you get all the information you need from the news sources, its time to put your report together. Learn how to arrange the facts in an orderly manner, in order to keep the reader interested in your story.


Fairness in the news (Lesson 5)

Fairness is one of the pillars of modern journalism. In this 50 lesson free Online Journalism course it becomes one of the main principles in our everyday web reporting. Be fair in your news coverage and your audience will grow, as well as your self respect.


What does the camera see? (Lesson 6)

You see the world thru a lens; but are you ready to master the camera? With these FREE online lessons you can learn journalism techniques, how to film, how to pick up sound, light a set, and be an online reporter for your community. Join us in this learning adventure and have fun!


Camera Setup (Lesson 7)

Setup your camera and get ready to shoot. A practical way to understand the main aspects of your filming tools. Gain, White Balance, Focus, Mic Input. Designed for the novice camera person that wants to become a community digital reporter. Subscribe to our free "Online Journalism by Xavier" course.


Film for the Editor (Lesson 8)

Be sure to have all the elements for your report ready and organized before you enter the editing room. First of all, have the camera footage in a easy to follow sequence so the news report can be edited fast and efficiently. This is Lesson 8 of our Online Journalism by Xavier free course. Learn how to be a good web reporter for your community.


Indoor Interviews (Lesson 9)

Interviews are one of the basic methods of obtaining information for web reporting. Here you will learn -in a practical way- how to do them efficiently. How to choose a background, how to issue the questions, how to communicate with signals with your camera-person. The best tips of the trade; here in this free Online Journalism by Xavier course.


Flash Outdoor Interviews (Lesson 10)

The community reporter can frequently find people difficult to interview. He must be prepared to catch the subject on the run as he jumps into the car and leaves the courtroom (example).Great tips for the web reporter on outdoor interviews, here in Online Journalism by Xavier.


Get the best out of your Interviews (Lesson 11)

Look deep inside the subject of your interview, take the best out, and show it to the audience. This is what a you must do to become a great digital reporter. "Online Journalism by Xavier" will give you the tools to build your skills and go forward.


How many mikes do I need? (Lesson 12)

With a few good microphones you can do a great job! The key is to know which ones to use. In Online Journalism by Xavier you will learn to use them properly in a practical


How to place a neck microphone (Lesson 13)

Many seasoned reporters don´t know how to place a lavalier microphone. Its simple, but you have to learn how. Its not a good idea to try to do it for the first time in the middle of an interview! Lesson 13 will take you step by step, in a fun and practical way. All in our free "Online Journalism by Xavier" course, here on YouTube. Subscribe today.


To mix or not to mix?, that is the question (Lesson 14)

Have you ever wonder how to setup your sound for recording? Is it the same with a big or small crew? Should I use a mixer or not? These questions are answered in Lesson 14 of our free course. Subscribe to "Online Journalism by Xavier" and learn all the skills you need to become a good web reporter for your community.


How to make a Green Screen with no money (Lesson 15)

Keying your video with a Green Screen is a valid resource; learn how to do it fast, cheap and easy! With a simple piece of green or blue cloth you can have video or photos in the background. In our free TV production course you learn how to be better reporter and producer for the web. Subscribe to Online Journalism by Xavier ans see Lesson 15, here in YouTube.


The FAIR USE of Copyrighted Materials (Lesson 16)

Depending on the nature and size of the copyrighted material you take without permission, you may be allowed to use it without any problem, if it complies with the FAIR USE Doctrine. Use this quick 9 question checklist to know if you are liable for a demand. Learn all the details in lesson 16 of Online Journalism by Xavier, here in YouTube.