I bet most of you never leave the house without your cell phone. Am I right?
However, today’s aspiring journalists need more than just a cell phone when they hit the streets to gather the news. You should be armed with the equipment necessary to capture a variety of multimedia. Not every story needs it, but better safe than sorry. You don’t want to get caught off guard. So pack a bag with the following tools before you head out of the newsroom:
- Digital recorder – video/audio
- Digital camera (and USB cable or card reader)
- USB memory stick (aka thumb drive) 16 GB or larger
- Cell phone
- Extra batteries for your digital equipment
For this class, we ask you to have the equipment necessary to record audio, video and digital photos. We recommend that you purchase the Kodak Zi8 digital video camera. You will use the Zi8 in Online Journalism as well as other journalism classes at SFSU. Look at this as an investment in your future. It is likely the Zi8 will be a tool you will use long after you gradate.
It would also be a good idea to invest in a tripod and a mic (check the Audio Technica PRO24 CM or NRG Reseach SA-800). However, both of these items are optional for this class.
Once you get your Zi8, spend some time getting to know it. Start by watching this video.
Don’t forget to bring all your digital equipment with you when you come to class every week. You never know when you might need to use it.