Another date for the diary

31 03 2011

Getting lots of hits to your video uploads is easier said than done. You might have created a masterpiece of video journalism, but you’re not sure what to do with it to maximise it’s effect. But help is at hand!

If you want to be part of the new wave of online creators and if you want to discover how to successfully create, distribute and earn money from your videos on YouTube, the following event is for you.

The first ever European YouTube Partnerships event dedicated to producers, directors, writers, artists, video and media professionals of the future is coming up and it promises to provide some valuable advice and tips to make you and your videos stand out and even make cash by sharing advertising revenue.

YouTube, in partnership with British Film Institute (BFI), on 14th April, are holding a “Becoming YouTube Stars” event at Ravensbourne College.

Spaces are strictly limited so you’ll need register.

If you have any questions, contact:

Sarah Stewart


Industry tips #1 – history of online video and YouTube

12 03 2011

By Dale Sean McEwan

This video provides a brief history of online video growth from early video cameras to the evolution of YouTube.

Requiem for a dictator: triumph for video journalism

24 02 2011


By Richard Dodwell.

Video journalism – published online and shared with the entire world – can change everything.

This video uploaded to Youtube by a video blogger from Benghazi reveals the true extent to which governments around the world treat their people. Without uprise or death, the rest of the world does not look. Written words are limited, even the most colourful dispatches from Robert Fisk fail to show the true extent of a current global situation – whether protest, disaster or ongoing turmoil. This video demonstrates how the rest of the world could observe the situation escalating in Libya earlier this week – with video responses on the Youtube site calling for action from world governments against the reckless slaughtering of protesters.


Like Freedom of Information, the dissemination of visual information is important for 3 reasons:


1 – You see. You experience. You react.

2 – The information is hopefully unedited and without commentary. Allowing the audience to interpret for themselves.

3 – You can share it with everyone. Even the illiterate can watch and understand.


Already social networking sites like Facebook are being praised with stirring the Middle East uprisings, so linking to such video blogs is an important part of that sharing process.

And now US president Barack Obama is calling for the end to the bloodshed. Once the rest of the world finds its grasp on how to blog with video, hopefully many more corrupt regimes will tumble in their tracks.


Getting your video online. Tip #1

23 11 2010


By Richard Dodwell

The events of a couple of weeks ago in London, United Kingdom, showed how riots can escalate when crowd anonymity causes some individuals to act aggressively.

Journalists were mostly unable to get inside the Millbank Centre, the headquarters of the UK’s Conservative party, due to the huge crowd outside that increased the risk of getting injured.

Those of you from countries where political violence is common place will know that shooting video and sharing it with the world is very hard when your government either doesn’t wish for you to film, or you don’t have the knowledge about how to share it with the world.

One quick and easy way is to film what you are witnessing is by using your mobile phone‘s video recorder, and then uploading it to a website like Youtube.

You can do this by signing up for an account at and then uploading your mobile phone’s video to your computer.

Once on your computer, the video can then be uploaded to the Youtube website and you can then “share” your video with other people.

You can share your online video by using copy and paste to put the link to your video on your social networking site such as Facebook, Twitter or Myspace.

Other people will then be able to see your video and then share it with their friends and colleagues. If your video is interesting and unique enough, many people around the world will be able to see it and share it with their friends. A news channel may even ask you if they can use it for their news bulletin or website.

This is just one way to share your video, and your story, by using the internet.