Assignment 2: Things To Keep In Mind

Strive To:

  • humanize
  • visualize
  • surprise
  • be useful
  • be short

—You need bylines. You can put it in the video or the blog post

—Make sure you have a title card. It should be clear, concise and introduce the viewer to what is to come

—Your first sound bite should be stellar! It needs to hook the viewer into watching the rest of the video.

—Your lower thirds should be at least 4-5 seconds long.

—Clean editing transitions are best. Use cross dissolve and fade to black transitions sparingly.

—Think about variety when editing your soundbites. Too much repetition will bog down your video.

—Your ending soundbites should be stellar. And it should include some kind of “moment of reflection.” Something that brings the video to a conclusion.

—Make sure your music matches the tone of the piece (upbeat, dramatic serious, etc.). Music must be Creative Commons or from the library of the editing software. If you use creative commons music you need to credit the song and creator–either in the video or the text of the post.

Review the requirements for the assignment and the instructions for How To Post. Don’t forget your Featured Image. Make sure you have everything.

About Nick DiUlio

My name is Nick DiUlio, a freelance writer and editor from New Jersey. I have been passionate about the craft of writing since I was old enough to spell, and this love has led to a successful career in journalism and creative nonfiction. As a freelancer, I have covered a wide range of topics and personalities, as my published work has focused on everything from profiles of artists and important political figures to hard-news stories with both national and local appeal; from restaurant and beverage reviews to tips on fashion and finance; from health and wellness pieces to celebrity Q&A’s. My work has appeared in several local, regional and national publications—both in print and online—including Philadelphia Magazine,, Miller-McCune, New Jersey Monthly, Eating Well, and Delaware Today. Additionally, I am the South Jersey Bureau Chief for New Jersey Monthly and an adjunct journalism professor at Rowan University. To be sure, the broadness of my body of work seems only to be matched by my boundless interest in almost every subject imaginable (except Warren Zevon). Check out some of my most recently published work here.
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