Ed Talks: Lavalier microphones

April 19, 2017 01:30

One of the strongest tools in your visual storytelling toolbox is your wireless lavalier microphone. There are many reasons why the lav is a better choice than a hand-held stick microphone for recording great audio in the field, both for the reporter and the person being interviewed. In this edition of RTDNA's Ed Talks, award-winning multimedia journalist Joe Little discusses the two biggest reasons for using a lav. MMJs and traditional crews will benefit by simply "ditching the stick" and showing some "lav love."

Each edition of Ed Talks offers quick and easy training resources that give you practical advice you can fit into your busy schedule. Each video is brief and tightly focused on a single, actionable skill or technique that you can put to immediate use. Our first three videos are free and open to anyone who signs in with an email address so you can see what they're all about, including Boyd Huppert talking about the "handshake shot" to draw viewers into a story, SFGate's Brandon Mercer with tips to improve Facebook posts on the fly, and ABC Radio's Alex Stone with some great ideas on how to get studio-quality audio on the road.

Our most recent videos are available exclusively to members, who can get passwords for each video by logging into our member portal. Each video has its own password, and with it, you can see the full video in the portal itself or on our Ed Talks page. They include a tutorial on shooting video with a smartphone from WFAA-TV's Mike Castellucci, some best practices for using Facebook Live from consultant Kevin Benz, an easy way for one person to set up a three-camera shoot, from KARE-TV's Carly Danek, tips for improving your vocal delivery from Amy Tardif and George Bodarky, photojournalist Bradley Pfranger's tutorial on "go bag" essentials, Charlie Meyerson takes a look at writing effective headlines, Adrienne Broaddus shows us how to shoot great standups as an MMJ, and Matt Sepic from Minnesota Public Radio demonstrates how he uses Google Voice to record telephone interviews.

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