Social MultiMedia AND Periscope Workshops for Pro-Quality Smartphone Videos and Live Streams!
NEW! Periscope Training!
Periscope Power Academy LIVE!
July 28, 2015 8:30 a.m. - Noon
Training location is the California Special Districts Association Training Room in downtown Sacramento. View the registration page and promo video here!
"I truly can't explain how much I loved the class and all of the creative website and video tools you used." -Maxine G.
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It's always exciting when even non-techie communicators realize they can gain new skills and create professional-looking videos using their smartphones or tablets! I'm currently scheduling workshops for more cities. If your organization or agency would like to co-host a workshop, CLICK HERE for information!
How the City of Sacramento Fire Department Uses Periscope to Bring Citizens Live to the Scene of Dramatic Incident Responses!
The Sacramento Fire Department, according to their spokesperson, appears to have been the first fire agency in the U.S. to begin doing regular broadcasts with Periscope, Twitter's live streaming video app. In this video, I met up and spoke with Roberto Padilla, who in July, 2015 was just completing a one-year assignment as Public Information Officer for the City of Sacramento Fire Department. (Read more)
How to Create a Watchable Periscope Broadcast Viewers Will Love!
Live streaming video has been around for years, but Periscope sets a new bar for ease of use. I've watched everyone from private users to police and fire departments and other public agencies and companies hop onto Periscope, and some of the livecasts have been great. You really need to check this out, because Periscope will have big implications in emergencies and news coverage. (Read More...)
My Periscope Tips Featured on Sue B. Zimmerman Periscope Stream!
If you're looking to learn Instagram, Sue B. Zimmerman IS The Instagram Expert! And on Friday, June 5th, she featured some of my Periscope tips and information during her own live Periscope broadcast! She's got a lot of great info in the stream, so I captured it and am posting it here. You can follow Sue on Instagram @theinstagramexpert and @suebzimmerman. (She has 6 accounts, but these will get you started!)
Dealing With Negative Social Media Comments
Dealing with negative comments and finding the "voice" of your organization on social media can be challenging. In this episode of my "Face to Face with Commendable Communicators" series, Bethany McDaniel of Georgia.gov Interactive explains how she chooses to view and respond to negative comments, and I think you will find her outlook refreshing! (Read More...)
Smartphone Audio Solution: MXL's Mobile Media Mixer
If you've taken my training, you know how important it is to use a plug-in smartphone microphone when you do video interviews or on-camera presentations with your smartphone or tablet. But what if you have up to three additional guests? MXL's smartphone audio mixer is coming soon to solve that problem! I had a chance to talk with an MXK representative at the 2015 NAB conference in Las Vegas. (Read More...)
Communicating the Drought: Interview with Rachel McGuire
In this video post, I talk with Rachel McGuire, Community Affairs Supervisor at the Western Municipal Water District in Riverside, CA. Rachel talks about the challenges of drought communications, the types of outreach she finds effective, and her staffing level to make it all happen. (Read More...)
Canon XA25 Compact HD Video Camera is My Top Choice for Communicators!
The Canon XA25 is my top video camera pick for many communications programs at state and local agencies or associations. Read more
Are you a techno-geek too, or just want to find out about some great gear that can help your communications program reach the public more effectively? Check out my Pinterest page! Go to page
Visit my Valuable Resources page to download PDF's of video shooting techniques and equipment examples. Go to page
Want to know more about the use of social media in emergencies from a responder perspective?
Visit my Social Media in Emergencies page to view videos and notes from recent presentations. View more resources here.