1. Lynda.com http://www.lynda.com/  Offers tutorials on virtually all software programs, including Final Cut Pro.  FREE to AU students through the my.american.edu portal.

2. UC Berkley’s Knight Digital Media Center: http://www.kcnn.org/modules/

3. AU Training Guides: (Audacity, FCP, DVD Studio, Dreamweaver, Blackboard, PowerPoint, Excel http://www.american.edu/provost/ctrl/trainingguides.cfm

4. J-Lab: http://www.j-learning.org/  A center with SOC. Offers training in Web site creation, HTML, page  design and use of photos, audio, video, animation, surveys and databases. The site also offers tips on advertising and fundraising.

5.  The Poynter Institute’s News University http://www.newsu.org/ Offers many free or low-cost self-directed courses, group seminars, and Webinars, covering subjects from multimedia techniques, to writing, to reporting, and beyond.

5. Code of Best Practices in Fair Use, by the SOC-Center for Social Media.

6. Mindy McAdams: PDF Guide to Multimedia Proficiency

WORDPRESS TUTORIALS: Lynda.com “WordPress 3 Essential Training” OR KDMC=http://bit.ly/bZoGAD OR McAdams http://www.jtoolkit.com/wp/wordpress-basics/  OR WordPress how-to’s: http://wordpress.tv/category/how-to/

AUDIO: Recorder Options

AU: Zoom H1 Recorder  (3:00 overview)

Intro to audio  (Sound files, Zoom, mic, sound, courtesy-Alex Newman)

Audacity editing tips

Recording Phone Calls for Reporters

KDMC Audacity Tutorial OR Mindy McAdams  / Mindy’s Audacity Video

PHOTOSHOP: OR Lynda.com “Photoshop CS5: Essential Training”(11 hours)


VIDEO: Shooting Techniques

Video on the Web

Voiceovers & Standups

Lynda.com “Final Cut Pro 7 Essential Training” (6 hrs)

DATA VISUALIZATION: Basics:   Google Map Basics  For Non-Programmers;


CSS 101


Twitter for Newsrooms


http://search.creativecommons.org/  Creative Commons is a nonprofit corporation dedicated to making it easier for people to share and build upon the work of others, consistent with the rules of copyright. They provide free licenses and other legal tools to mark creative work with the freedom the creator wants it to carry, so others can share, remix, use commercially, or any combination thereof.

http://flickr.com/search/advanced (check box at bottom of page to “only search within creative commons-licensed content)

FREE AUDIO DOWNLOADS: http://www.jamendo.com/en/ Jamendo is a huge platform for free and legal music downloads. Available in seven languages, it offers the largest catalog of music under Creative Commons licenses.

http://www.soundclick.com/  You can find bands and full-length songs here to use in producing slideshows or video. All songs are available in streaming audio and most of the songs are also available as free legal MP3 downloads.

FREE AUDIO EDITING:http://audacity.sourceforge.net/ Free, open-source software for recording and editing sounds. It works on Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows, GNU/Linux and other operating systems.

FREE VIDEO POSTING SITES:http://www.youtube.com/ The Web’s most popular video hosting site.

http://www.ustream.tv/  Stream a live broadcast, webcam chat rooms or free TV online. 

http://www.vimeo.com/  A hosting site that allows for larger video.

PREPARE TO USE A MAC COMPUTER: Watch this tutorial and others if you haven’t used a Mac platform.  http://www.apple.com/findouthow/mac/#tutorial=anatomy


http://editteach.org/  EditTeach.org offers resources for editing professors, students and working professionals to help strengthen the craft of editing and support the work of editors.

http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/  (Guide to Grammar & Writing)

http://www.newswriting.com/groaners.htm  (Groaners are those horrible, overused, hackneyed phrases that turn news copy into boring, “same old, same old” stuff)

http://www.copydesk.org/  (Am. Copy Editors Assoc. Offers quizzes, resource links, editing guidelines including AP style)

http://www.cyberjournalist.net/tag/headlines/  (Headline Writing)

http://grammar.quickanddirtytips.com/  (Quick & Dirty Tips for Better Writing)

http://www.ucalgary.ca/UofC/eduweb/grammar/ (The Basic Elements of English)

http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/GRAMMAR/quiz_list.htm  (Interactive quizzes on grammar)

http://www.wadsworth.com/devenglish_d/special_features/grammarquizzes.html  (Online grammar quizzes)


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