So, what do you need to do? Submit your short (no more than three-minute) video blog about a relevant oncology nursing topic of your choosing. All video blogs submitted by August 5, 2013 will be entered** to win the $500 Amazon.com gift card*! Here are some tips on how to make a good video:
When choosing a topic for your video blog, ask yourself:
Does this topic matter? Is it relevant to oncology nursing? Ask yourself, why is this topic interesting? The community will most likely be interested in the topic for the same reason you are.
Is there a problem, issue, or question that seems to constantly raise its head? If you're dealing with it often, chances are so is the rest of the community.
Do you have practical tips that can help the reader? You are a resource for the community. Provide them with as many examples, practical tips, tools, links, and resources as you can to help them solve the issue or problem.
Always ask yourself: Is this useful for my colleagues?
Don't be afraid to share personal experiences. Sharing your own personal experiences with patients and colleagues may help other community members to open up and share their experiences as well.
It's OK to add humor! Let's face it: We need it from time to time in this business.
Write a script or create an outline of your video's content. Practice your dialogue a few times before turning on the camera. Though it may not be necessary, memorizing your outline can help keep you on track and prevent you from having to start over multiple times.
Set up your webcam, iPhone, or other smartphone, or video camera and test it. Make a short clip with dialogue and play it back to monitor the sound, camera angle, and lighting. Testing will ensure that the scene is properly lit and framed and that your voice is audible.
Shoot your video. Be relaxed and confident when speaking to the camera. Reshoot any footage you are unhappy with.
Either submit, or feel free to edit your video with the software of your choice. Free programs such as Windows Movie Maker provide options for adding titles and credits, which can add a professional look to your video blog. Editing programs also allow you to add music or sounds effects. However, "plain" videos are fine with us too. The content counts for way more than the production!
Through September, videos that have been accepted for entry into the sweepstakes will be featured each week -- where all members of the site will be able to view and comment on them.
At the end of the Summer Video Blog Sweepstakes, one of the submissions will be chosen at random as the winner of the $500 Amazon gift card*. And remember, you can't win unless you enter!
Click here for official sweepstakes rules -- US and Canada members only.
**Please note: All content will first be reviewed by TheONC's editorial team for appropriateness prior to entry-acceptance and posting. Please refer to the About Us section, and Editorial Policies, which highlight the DOs and DON'Ts of user-generated content and comments.
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