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Day two
Day three
Day four
Day five

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Tel: 020 8621 3649
(London, UK)

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DILPOMA IN VIDEO JOURNALISM diploma in video journalism PA UrbanFox

Please note: There are no diploma coures planned at present.

If you have a group of staff who require training on shooting and editing video I can run this course for you at any time - on your premises. You may also be interested in the 3 day shot and edit course I organise for on-site delivery.

The diploma course is aimed at journalists, press photographers, those working in PR and anyone who wants to put short video clips on their website.

Don't worry if you have never used a camera before. We cover all the technical aspects of the camera (manual focus, exposure and white balance). Plus, the different types of microphone and how to gather the best sound. You will learn how to edit the sequences and interviews you shoot.

To really learn if your pictures work you will edit everything you shoot. Putting together a simple story at the start and finishing with a longer story including interviews/voxpops, sequences and GVs (general views).

Delegates are expected to shoot more stories, once back at work, for assessment to show they have reached the required level of competence to attain the Diploma.

Typically using the Sony HVR-A1 camera. We will cover: the operation of digital video cameras; the use of microphones; setting up interviews; and shooting sequences. Plus an introduction to video editing using Adobe Premier Elements 7. The course schedule is below.


Just wanted to thank you for the thorough course. I came away feeling a lot more confident about filming and you improved every aspect of my work. I enjoyed the follow up with David as well and, as you said, you have different styles but they both seem to boil down to the same thing: "Make it look good and make it sound good"! (Slightly over-simplified)."
Malcolm B., Newsquest

"I thought the course was really well run and methodical. Each day was carefuly planned so that no one was overloaded with information. Christina was a passionate and thorough tutor who had obviously very carefully planned each day and activity to make the learning process as easy as possible. A really, really enjoyable course and the amount I have learned is amazing!
Hannah E., Researcher and copyrighter

"Really enjoyed it. The pace was just right and we didn't move on to something new until until we got the last section right - critical.
Andrew G., Journalist

"Excellent. Highly practical with good teaching of a wide range of technical and production skills.
Tariq A., Journalist

"Very professional and thorough. It was well paced and although I've never handled a camera in my life(!) it wasn't jargonistic or off-putting.
L. W., Director of Marketing

"Extremely useful and has taught me more than enough to go away and make my own video content - which is exactly what I wanted.
S. J., Communications Officer


Editing on Fast Purple with an experienced editor

The next course will run on:

  • There are no diploma coures planned at present.

If you wish to run this course at you own premises please contact me on 020 8621 3649.


Please contact me (Christina Fox) on 020 8621 3649.

diploma in video journalism PA UrbanFoxCOURSE OBJECTIVES

At the end of the course you will be able to:

  1. Operate the camera’s most useful features
  2. Take the camera out of automatic and use it in manual
  3. Understand how to compose well-framed shots
  4. Understand how to shoot a simple sequence for editing
  5. Edit a sequence
  6. Understand the different types of microphone available and when to use them
  7. Record broadcastable pictures and sound
  8. Mix audio in the edit
  9. Shoot a simple interview
  10. Shoot a story
  11. Import video into the computer
  12. Conduct a simple edit
  13. Use the trimming tools
  14. Add voice over, music, effects and titles
  15. Export the story.

COURSE SCHEDULE -WEEK ONE setting up the camera and tripod

(delivered by Christina Fox)


  • Introductions
  • Checking out the kit
  • Setting up and using a tripod
  • Camera Formats - DV, DVCAM and HDV - 4:3 and 16:9
  • Which formats to use and when.
  • Getting started with the camera
  • Menus – intro
  • Focusing - auto verses manual
  • Picture composition
  • Shooting well composed shots
  • Shooting for the edit
  • Out and about with the camera
  • Intro to Premiere Elements 7
  • Capturing your video onto the PC
  • Editing your shots into a simple story
  • Adding a voiceover and/or music.


  • Why we shoot sequences
  • Crossing the line
  • How to shoot a sequence
  • Editing a sequence
  • Premiere Elements' trimming tools
  • Adding transitions to your sequence - but not too many!
  • Premiere's audio mixer
  • White balance
  • Shoot your own sequence
  • Editing the sequence you have shot
  • Walking sequences
  • Focusing on the move.


  • The right mic (omni, cardioid and hypercardioid) …in the right place
  • Audio levels
  • Audio quality
  • Vox pops and a PTC (Piece To Camera/stand upper)
  • Exposure
  • Contrast ratio (lighting problems and how to overcome them).
  • Shooting a sit down interview
  • Editing your interview
  • Using multiple timelines
  • Adding text


We shoot a complete story, which will include:

  • GVs
  • A sequence you can direct
  • An event over which you have no control (to be shot in real time)
  • An interview
  • Press conference
  • A Piece To Camera (PTC)

Capture video and audio to Adobe Premiere Elements.


Edit yesterday's story:

  • Using multiple timelines
  • Text and graphics
  • With transitions
  • With music or voiceover.


Still haven't found what you're looking for?

Check here for the other camera, audio and editing courses I provide.

Still not found what you need. Then call me on 020 8621 3649 or email me.


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