Drudge Report (NEWS AGGRIGATOR)
Talkers Magazine Weekly Topics
NSM World (requires Yahoo account)
NSM88Forum (requires NSM88Forum account for COMPLETE ACCESS)
Journalism Basics from Reuters
Associated Press Style Guide (BRIEF VERSION)
The Elements of Style
Online Media Law
Newspaper and Magazine Writing from EHow
Newspaper and Magazine Writing from WritersWrite.com
"Propaganda Techniques" from Wikipedia
Talk Show Handbook
"Social Media" from Wikipedia
Certificate in Journalism Program from UMassA
Inform and Influence Activities Manual by US Army
SOURCES OF FREE MUSIC FOR VIDEOS
http://teknoaxe.com (recommended by Resistance; actually provides its means to contest YouTube ID Matches!!!)
http://www.freemusicbeds.com/ (requires acknowledgement in some form of the music you are using, presumably in the video itself, or at least in the description)
(credits required as: Song Title, Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
(no permission notice seems to be required)
http://www.freesound.org (credits required in some form -- see site for details)
http://audionautix.com (requires citation information)
(requires citation of its link)
Make A Meme
Audacity (audio editing program)
Levelator (audio leveling application)
From Text to Speech (artificial voices)
Color Bars (HD)
YouTube Downloader (only use on what you have been given the rights to download)
Recommended YouTube Uploading and Encoding
Irfanview.com (image editing program)
W3Schools.com (website design coding resource)
VLC Video Player
Open Office (free version of Microsoft Office)
Tor Project (anonymous internet surfing)
Advanced System Care
Major Geeks (variety of computer/internet downloads
Pingdom (live map of internet outages)
Is It Down Right Now (website checker)
What's My DNS (worldwide server propagation checker)
Down Detector (internet provider outages)
Betaface.com (free online facial recognition)
Word of the Day
Idiom of the Day
Quote of the Day
How to Make GREAT Videos for the Party
NSM Media field producers are not always be available to help you with you local, regional, national, and international video production. While we'd like to, we can, however, assist with comprehensive production advice and/or internet-sent video. Fortunately, there are some things you can do to make your videos shine with or without our professional assistance.
1) Plan your shoot. Whether it is mere coverage, agit-prop, or discussion of controversy, you must have at least an IDEA of what you will be creating. Remember, you will probably be the one having to edit what you shoot!
2) Have plenty of camera-specific batteries and back-up film, tape, or digital media.
3) Obtain the cooperation of the ranking person in command of the event you are covering. While acting under the guise of NSM Media, you may receive additional protection and consideration by SS members present as well as local law enforcement personnel.
4) When you set up for a shoot, use DEEP FOCUS. Quite simply, this means that with most color video camera having a zoom function with manual focus, if you 'pull into' the subject as close as possible and then zoom out, everything between you and the subject should remain in focus.
5) When you are recording an event, try to AVOID the following:
--Allow speaker boxes to 'stick out' of the background horizon
--Allow a picture, sign or plaque to visibly stick out in the background
--Allow people to congregate or mill around HUMAN speakers -- This is VERY distracting!
--The sun getting in your (and the camera's) eye. This is where you will need to scope out the area in advance. If you do not have this often necessary luxury, don't panic...Just shoot your subjects at a 45-ish degree angle.
6) Static shots of one person talking are BORING. Your BEST BET is to record some 'cutaway' shots of people before, during, or after the event for insertion.
7) Try to keep your video as clean as possible. Each time you have to make a video or audio correction, you introduce three likely problems:
--Loss of audio-video sync
--Editing compatibility issues of your segments
8) Keep in mind that we are moving towards 16x9 (widescreen) formatting, and HD (whenever possible). There is some free software that will push your video into 'pseudo'-HD. This means that the software will format the video to whatever size you want, decrease compression and increase sharpening, and insert the expected 'tags' into the video. Granted, this video will not be true HD, but it will at least look close enough to it, especially to the untrained eye.
NSM Media Video Standards
In order to continue to produce quality innovative videos, NSM Media respectfully requests the following technical standards of all submitted video files whenever possible by any of our producers or contributors:
--NTSC format ONLY (Pal and SEACAM must be converted prior to transmission)
--29.97-30 FPS (60 FPS is DISCOURAGED due to rendered file size), even for High-Definition videos
--No less than 480 lines of Vertical Resolution RECOMMENDED MINIMUM (720 or higher preferred for High-Definition productions)
--ADDITIONAL SUGGESTIONS FROM AUSTIN: Make sure the videos are always shot in either 1080p or 720p at 30 frames per second. 720p is still high definition and doesn't eat up nearly as much space as 1080p. 720p is perfectly fine for web content. When editing, make sure the program's settings are set to 1280x720, 30 frames per second, progressive (or none) fields. The output video should be in an H.264 wrapper. This will keep the quality up while keeping the file size down. --Audio set for 0db average/minimum, with occasional peaks at 3db, and with gated OCCASIONAL MAXIMUM of 6db
--Noise leveling/compression or Dolby (TM) noise compression, as necessary
--Noise reduction and EQ, as technically and aesthetically necessary
--Limited unexpected audio peaks
--The following video containers/rendering PC-compatible formats are requested: AVI, MOV, and WMV
--No lower than 7 IRE for the lowest video black level; no higher than 100 IRE for highest white level unless artistic considerations portrayed require otherwise
--Artistic technical embellishment of video is allowed to make it viewable, as long as it does not push the video signal beyond industry-accepted norms
--No flagging or tearing of video
--No visible time-code
--All video must also be YouTube-compatible --NSM Media vigorously supports copyright provisions, including any which are applicable worldwide. We will NOT knowingly submit to command-staff for their acceptance for posting of any audio and/or video material which is copyrighted, or has any degree of questionable usage rights.
For more information, please contact email@example.com
Additionally, Resistance may require higher qualities for videos which are part of DVD masters. Please contact him as necessary for (additional) specifications.
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PROFESSIONAL TITLES IN NSM MEDIA
1) The main keys of public relations are to: