Freelance VJ sites

The blessing and bane of being a VJ is getting paid to do what you love. If you’re lucky, you have a staff job with an understanding news director or editor who knows that you will give your all if s/he treats you right. That means a living wage and a reasonable amount of time […]

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When you are no longer a journalist…

Comes the day when we all have to retire…from work.  At that point are we still journalists?  Or former journalists?  Or do we morph into something else as we settle into our new lifestyle. My life is divided into segments.  Child.  Student.  Photographer.  Broadcast news cameraman.  Teacher.  Freelance VJ.  And now retired…and no longer a […]

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There are some people who pass through your life who leave an indelible impression which forever changes who you are and will become. In my case it was Delta College photography professor Edwin Schwyn, who took an extremely shy little high school girl with an unabashed passion for photography and gave her a breadth and […]

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Do Not Go Gentle…

…into that good night.  A poem read in high school that stayed with me… Do not go gentle into that good night, Old age should burn and rave at close of day; Rage, rage against the dying of the light. Though wise men at their end know dark is right, Because their words had forked […]

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Invisible work…

Videojournalism or reporting visually can make you highly visible.  There ya are:  camera in hand, mike out.  You’re gathering news to put up…somewhere.  On the web, on TV, whatever. So folks see you with that gear and think, “Hey, I can do THAT!”  Piece of cake. That’s the visible part of your job. The invisible […]

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Time traveler…

I pulled into the parking lot and the first memory hit.  A bunch of drunken fishermen just before the 11 o’clock show pushing the buzzer non-stop.  They’d caught a 6 foot sturgeon and they wanted it on TV.  Now. Second memory as I got out of the car.  Being walked to my vehicle after the […]

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Drifting with the current…

Over the past decade I’ve been toying with making fiction stories…not news, but actual films.  It began when I was teaching high school broadcasting and had my students team up to enter the 48 Hour Film Project 48 Hour Film Project. Then after I retired from teaching I joined up with some talented teams as a […]

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