Making meetings work (without wasting precious time)

Ice-cased Adelie penguins after a blizzard at Cape Denison. Photo: Frank Hurley/Wikimedia Commons
Ice-cased Adelie penguins after a blizzard at Cape Denison. Photo: Frank Hurley/Wikimedia Commons

The First Golden Rule of working with others: communicate, communicate, communicate! I’ve posted below some notes about the purpose of meetings and how to write a meeting agenda.

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The Media Project is Go!

Photo: Al_HikesAZ/flickr, some rights reserved
Photo: Al_HikesAZ/flickr, some rights reserved

Welcome to the Media Project. Over the next 13 weeks you’ll be building your own projects. Some may be sound-based, others more visual, and it’s worthwhile to adventure with as many digital storytelling tools as you can.

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Useful links: Media Project tools

Game of Thrones character Arya Stark’s journey mapped by StoryMapJS
Game of Thrones character Arya Stark’s journey mapped by StoryMapJS

Blogging:

Medium

WordPress

Simple website builders:

Strikingly

Squarespace

Wix

Weebly

Amazingly simple design:

Canva

Piktochart

Interactive images, maps and graphics:

Timeline JS

Storymap JS

Maya

Thinglink

Google charts

Tableau Public

Getting organised:

DropBox

GoogleDrive

Evernote

Delicious

Pinboard

Tutorials and How-Tos:

Skillshare

ABC Open Tips & Tutorials

Excel tutorials

 

 

 

Useful links: CC-licensed music and sound

Most music is protected by copyright law, with serious penalties for use without permission. Photo: Ferrari + caballos + fuerza = cerebro Humano/CC/flickr
Most music is protected by copyright law, with serious penalties for use without permission. Photo: Ferrari + caballos + fuerza = cerebro Humano/CC/flickr

Most music is protected under international copyright law in the same way photography and illustrations are protected. It is illegal to sample bits and pieces of songs you love to use in your own audio or video works. In the same way as you must not simply grab whatever you want from the results of a Google Image search, you should never use any music you please without first establishing that you have permission to use it.

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Copyright on the Internet

Copyright is for losers ... not! Photo: 917press/flickr; some rights reserved.
Copyright is for losers … not! Photo: 917press/flickr; some rights reserved.

Observing the copyright of other writers, photographers, video makers, and illustrators is very, very important when you’re putting together your multimedia project. You may not use just any old photo or illustration you find using Google Image search. Similarly, you cannot simply “reblog” great stuff you find on other people’s blogs or web sites. Using other people’s work without permission is illegal. It also devalues the work professionals do, which may make your own work worth less in the future, when your work is your livelihood. That’s worth thinking about!

Fortunately, on the the Internet you can find a community of generous people who like to share their work. It can be an advantage for a keen amateur photographer to have his or her photos used on your site – it promotes their work. There are some very good web sites which offerCreative Commons-licenced images and music which you’re able to use in non-commercial projects.

A good first place to start to look for CC-licenced photographs is the CC licence search. Enter your search term, and click on the site you want to use for your search.

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You can also find CC-licenced images directly on Flickr and DeviantArt. Flickr allows you to narrow your search to CC-licenced images only, by going into options under the ‘advanced search’ link. DeviantArt contributors provide a download link next to their work if they agree to its use elsewhere.

When you’re using work posted on Flickr or DeviantArt, you MUST provide a byline or credit – an example is in the caption for the photo above: “Photo: 917press/flickr, some rights reserved.” You may also make your credit a link to the illustrator’s page on Flickr or DeviantArt. It’s also generous to offer the artist a thank you and a link to your site in the comments section below their work.