This book will assist journalists and Flash developers who are working together to bring video, audio, still photos, and animated graphics together into one complete Web-based package.
This book is not just another Flash book because it focuses on the need of journalists to tell an accurate story and provide accurate graphics. This book will illustrate how to animate graphics such as maps, illustrations, and diagrams using Flash. It will show journalists how to integrate high-quality photos and audio interviews into a complete news package for the Web.
Each lesson in the book is followed by a learning summary so that journalists can review the skills they have acquired along the way. In addition, the book's six case studies will allow readers to study the characteristics of news packages created with Flash by journalists and Web developers at The Washington Post, MSNBC.com, and Canadian and European news organizations.
Table of Contents
A New Form of Storytelling; What Flash Brings to Online Media; How to Make Things in Flash: Drawing Tools, Simple Animation, Putting Flash on the Web, Buttons, Making Buttons Do Things, Movie Clips, Working with Photos, Sound, and Text, Building Slideshows with Sound; Case Studies; Afterword: The Future; Appendices: About the Flash Designers, Keyboard Shortcuts for Flash, Reserved Words in ActionScript.
Mindy McAdams is currently Professor and Knight Chair for Journalism at theUniversity of Florida's College of Journalism and Communications; she is a member of the Online News Association, Investigative Reporters and Editors, the Society of Professional Journalists, and AEJMC. She has co-authored The Internet Handbook for Writers, Researchers, and Journalists (2003) and has written several articles about teaching for the Online Journalism Review. Her past jobs included content developer (Digital Ink/The Washington Post), Web strategist (American Press Institute), copy editor (The Washington Post and Time magazine), and producer (Prodigy Services Co.).
"If you are an online editor, photojournalist or journalist, this is a resource that will hone your skills in this increasingly important area of journalism." - Writing magazine