Reaz Links

Reaz (pronounced ree-AHZ) Mahmood was the student publications advisor at Evergreen from January 2012 to June 2013. He is now working at Portland State University.

Below are links that he used to help students with journalism and multimedia.

His idea was rather than creating materials for you (for instance, a flyer for promoting an event), his role was to give the training necessary for students to harness their own abilities.

Reaz’s personal website: reaz.net

“Additionally, I highly recommend that you take advantage of an invaluable resource made available to Evergreen students, staff, and faculty by alumna Lynda Weinman (class of ’76). Lynda.com offers training on a wide range of things from multimedia to programming to business practices through easy-to-understand video tutorials that guide you through otherwise complex processes. You can set up a free account.”

 


Writing and Storytelling

Illustrated Storytelling
News organizations are experimenting with illustrated storytelling.

22 Rules of Storytelling by a Pixar Storyboard Artist
Rite mor good. Here are some tips.

Advice To Writers
Whoa! So much advice!

Kurt Vonnegut on the Shapes of Stories
Kurt Vonnegut conceptualizes the “shapes” of some narratives in common story arcs.

Meeting Your Writing Goals
“Write everyday” may be common advice given by some very successful writers, but is it always the best approach? This piece offers a different approach.

5 Tips for Increasing Creativity
Monty Python’s John Cleese offers some advice on creating a more creative life.

The Daily Routines of Famous Writers
The daily routines of these writers didn’t include playing Skyrim. Damn it!

GrammarBook
You can use this guide for help with grammar, spelling, and punctuation.

I like this alot!
A creative way to remember grammar.

Kurt Vonnegut on Writing Short Stories

Photo and Video

10 Common Video Mistakes
To create better videos, avoid these common traps.

Photographers’ Rights
In many situations, people may try to intimidate photographers from carrying out legally protected practices. It’s always best to know your rights ahead of time.

Using Multimedia to Promote Student Organizations
There are many different approaches you can take to promote an organization. This video shows two ways. I think you’ll agree that one is clearly better than the other.

Audio

Tips for Audio Interviews
Use this as a checklist

 

Journalism

A Great Resource for Journalists
This site provides helps journalists stay up-to-date with useful tools and information.

Illustrated Storytelling
News organizations are experimenting with illustrated storytelling.

5 Online Tools for Mining Public Records
Become more effective at obtaining public records with these tools.

Conduct Better Interviews
Many journalists find out how to conduct interviews through a process of trial and error because no one teaches them. Here are some suggestions.

Automate Your FOIA Requests
Need a little help requesting public records?

10 Common Video Mistakes
To create better videos, avoid these common traps.

Become a Better Interviewer
Interviewing tips for journalists.

Photographers’ Rights
In many situations, people may try to intimidate photographers from carrying out legally protected practices. It’s always best to know your rights ahead of time.

Visual Storytelling for Journalists
Journalism may be associated most often with text, but visual storytelling can be a powerful way to communicate ideas effectively, efficiently, and sometimes artistically. Here are 14 tools.

Turning Data into Journalism
Data journalism offers new opportunities for skilled journalists to communicate information in useful and meaningful ways to the public, but as with other media practices, it comes with some complexities and perils for consideration.

Journalism Guides

 

Media Law and Ethics

5 Online Tools for Mining Public Records
Become more effective at obtaining public records with these tools.

Automate Your FOIA Requests
Need a little help requesting public records?

Photographers’ Rights
In many situations, people may try to intimidate photographers from carrying out legally protected practices. It’s always best to know your rights ahead of time.

Student Press Law Center
The SPLC can help you answer many questions regarding media law. For most student organizations, perhaps the most common issue would be copyright law for things such as use of images on flyers, material in videos, etc. When in doubt, please have a look at the SPLC website or come talk with me to work through the matter.

 

Other Resources

Themeforest
Here’s a site that lets you purchase a multitude of website templates for various functions.

 

Fun Stuff

Remix News with NewsJack
This could be fun and an enormous waste of time, but I think it actually has great potential for critical analysis and commentary on existing content.

Creative Dad Takes Crazy Photos
Here’s some inspiration to learn photoshop.

I like this alot!
A creative way to remember grammar.

 

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