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Job Alert: Producer at Wisconsin Media Lab

The Wisconsin Media Lab is looking for a producer with a strong background in interactive media design and a deep passion for public media and education to develop and manage the production of interactive educational media for use in Wisconsin’s K-12 schools.

Interested applicants should submit their application online no later than February 6th, 2015.

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‘She Looks Back’ Subjects Tina & Rose Safe After Liberia’s Ebola Outbreak

In 2012, Rick Gershon and I traveled to Liberia to document a girls’ education program funded by the American Institutes for Research (A.I.R.). We spent a week following two amazing young women, Rose Kollie and Tina Tyron, both of whom were beneficiaries of A.I.R’s program in the Gokai and Golai school systems.

Tina Tyron, Rose Kollie

The Ebola outbreak hit Liberia hard in 2014, but we’re happy to report that both Rose and Tina are safe, healthy and still in school.

Kathryn Fleming, who is currently the Deputy Chief of Party for the USAID/Quality Reading Program, and who worked directly with Rick and I while in Liberia gave us the update on the girls, as well as their programs.

According to Kathryn, A.I.R’s education programs in Gokai and Golai were outside of the Ebola hot zones, and were relatively unaffected. Schools remained open and no one from A.I.R’s staff, or their families were affected by the disease.

Rose was recently promoted to 7th grade, and Tina is currently in 6th. Both, according to A.I.R staff, are “influential girls in their communities”. Myrline Keculah, a gender and education specialist who is featured in the film, said about Tina, “she goes around talking to her colleagues in her community, encouraging them to stay in school.”

To revisit Rose and Tina’s story, please watch She Looks Back.

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MediaStorm Guide to Recording Voice-Over in Premiere Pro 2014

This article is part of a series of posts with tips and tricks from our producers’ experience working with Adobe Premiere Pro CC after years of working in Final Cut Pro. To read more about why we made the switch, check out this post.

Recording voice-overs in Premiere Pro 2014 is both easy and straightforward.

First, you’ll need to connect your audio interface. From the Premiere Pro menu select Preferences > Audio Hardware.

I use the Mackie Onyx Blackjack 2×2 USB interface with a Heil Pr–40 microphone.

Therefore, from the Audio Hardware preference window, I select Onyx Blackjack. Depending on the input source, your options may vary.

Next, set the destination for recorded audio. From the File menu, select Project Settings > Scratch Disks… Change the Captured Audio destination to a folder where you’d like to store your voice-overs.

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Job Alert: Assistant Professor of Design, Advertising and PR at WKU

The nationally recognized School of Journalism & Broadcasting at Western Kentucky University seeks a talented and cutting-edge designer who can teach advanced interactive design concepts and skills across platforms. Applicants should also be able to teach a course in basic Public Relations and/or Advertising. In addition to teaching, responsibilities will include research/creative work, student advising and service to the School and University. Employment begins in August 2015.


Ideal candidates must demonstrate excellent user interaction design abilities by applying strategic thinking to their designs and by understanding the importance of user feedback and the relationship between visual design and interaction. Qualifications include:

  • Master’s Degree appropriate to the appointment
  • Minimum of 5 years of professional media experience or a terminal degree (could be nearing completion) appropriate to the appointment plus 3 years of professional media experience.
  • Record of exceptional teaching and service in a professional and/or university setting.


An online portfolio is required. Applicants should also provide a letter describing interest in and qualifications for the position along with a teaching philosophy statement, curriculum vita, copies of all graduate transcripts, and three recent letters of recommendation to:

Ad/PR Design Search Committee
School of Journalism & Broadcasting
Western Kentucky University
1906 College Heights Boulevard #11070
Bowling Green, KY 42101-1070

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

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For the Sake of the Story

I’ve been making movies for a while now. Along the way I’ve seen some things:

  • An $800 wireless mic destroyed in a sword fight
  • Horribly early mornings
  • Relentless traffic
  • No vegetarian options except fried cheese, four days in a row
  • Self-doubt
  • Lawyers and threats of suits
  • Layovers and missed flights
  • Sickness, not limited to: colds, the flu, vomiting and food poison
  • Exhaustion
  • Yelling and screaming and hurt feelings

I say this not because I believe myself to be some kind of martyr. I am certainly not. For the most part, I sit at a desk these days, going home each night to my wife and dogs. Others have given far more.

I write this because in the end, your production problems are hurdles. Unless of course you’re Warner Herzog and you’re trying to move a river boat over a mountain. But for the rest of us mortals, these obstacles are a footnote. They are obstacles we endure to get the job done. And there will always be obstacles.

At the end of the day, there is really only one question worth asking–only one that your audience cares about–did you do everything possible for the sake of the story?

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