Posting Web Stories
Reporters will write Web stories that correspond to their video packages (feature and news stories). The stories need to be approved by the TA before they can be uploaded to the website.
Please observe all established deadlines, spelling and grammar.
The same storytelling principles used in the packages apply to your Web stories, but there's a difference between broadcast and online writing. It's a mistake to assume that the Web story is the same thing that gets broadcast. You need to change your thinking when it comes to producing content for the Web, and that includes attention to interactive components of your story. Think of ways you can engage readers perhaps with unedited portions of interviews or raw video, photos, mapping data to provide context or show trends, using polls and charts, and writing headlines that deliver a strong motivator for users to keep reading, whilst incorporating key words for search engine optimisation.
Tips on Structuring Web Stories: Click for guidelines to writing Web stories.
Use the inverted pyramid style to tell readers quickly what happened and why they should keep reading (don't bury the lead);
Avoid big blocks of text where the writing is long and complicated.
Don't clutter the page with multiple visual elements.
Use links to your sources, including those that might take readers to other stories on the NewsTeam site.
Above all, be truthful and fair
Posting Stories to NewsTeam Boulder's media site
Step 1: Write your story in a Word document and then e-mail it to your TA by the deadline or sooner.
- Your TA will send an edited copy with suggestions back to you. Polish up the draft and then post it to NewsTeam's media site.
Step 2: Log in to www.newsteamboulder.tv
- At the end of the URL, type /login
On the login page
- The user name will be your full name with a space between the first and last name, looking something like this: Brittany Adamson
- The password is provided in class. Do not change it. The password will be the same for everyone in class.
Notice on the upper left where the toolbar is located. Click where it says + New. Then select Post from the drop down menu.
Step 4: In the New Post window, you will be able to paste your story and give it a headline.
- Enter the headline
- Paste the text of your story within the main body. Make sure you're pasting within the Visual tab, not the Text tab
- Once you finished adding the text, you will then need to add media, which includes the video package and a screen grab from your story.
Adding Media - Package Video
Each Web story (with the exception of Weather) is accompanied by video that appears at the bottom of the text. You first need to export the video package from Adobe Premiere and upload it to NewsTeam's YouTube channel.
- Before you export make sure to remove the slate and the padding, which is only needed for studio purposes, but not for YouTube. It might be best to simply copy your original Premiere sequence and then modify the copy, leaving the original intact. In the Export Settings under Format, select H.264.
- Upload the video to NewsTeam's YouTube Channel. The username is always firstname.lastname@example.org. The password will be provided in class. Be patient. If you have trouble signing on in Firefox, then try using Chrome.
- It doesn't take long to upload the video, but the processing time could be lengthy depending on the Internet traffic and on which browser you're using. That's why it's best to upload as early as you can. Be patient, but if after several minutes nothing seems to be happening, then try uploading again.
- On the YouTube upload page, once the video is done processing, click the button Publish. You can also fill in key search word tags in the fields provided. Make sure you also have an adequate description of your video in the description field. Click Save once you've made the changes.
- Copy the video's URL address (the address where the package can be seen). Watch the video to make sure that it's free from errors and then paste the URL at the bottom of the Web story text.
Adding Media - Screen Grab JPEGS
Each Web story is accompanied by a screen grab that appears as a featured image. You first need to get a screen grab from your package. Make sure the screen grab is a shot that best represents your story.
- In your Premiere sequence, select the clip that you want and position the playhead over the part of the image where you want to make the screen grab.
- Then in the Program Monitor, click on the Camera button (Export Frame), located in the right portion of the transport controls.
- An Export Frame box appears giving you the option where to save the screen grab (click Browse), naming the frame and choosing a format. Make sure you save the image in your project folder and choose the JPEG format.
Once the screen grab appears in the Featured Image window, you can select it and apply some modifications. Click on the image to reveal the Attachment Details box (appears on the right).
You have the option to change the Title of the screen grab and to type a caption, which will appear at the bottom of the image in your Web story. Additionally, click on Edit Image to change the scale. 477 x 240 is fine. Then click the Set Featured Image button located in the lower right.
Once you've posted your Web story, you need to notify the TA that it's ready to be published. The TA is the only person who can publish your story.
If you have problems with any of the steps above, notify the TA immediately