Either I’m damn good or…

...there's no competition out there anymore. Who knows, but twice in the past month unapplied for accolades have come the way of this blog. journalism.co.uk journalismdegree.org (Don't know if I'm at the bottom of the lists due to "V"s place in the alphabet or because I just slid in under the line...)

The Basics of Videojournalism

Haven't updated this in a while, but the book co-author Larry Nance and I have been sweating over is getting closer to publication. The Basics of Videojournalism is two chapters closer to completion. Law and ethics are done and we are moving into our final chapters...mostly dealing with post (organizing, writing, editing, exporting).

Whither to aim…

1. Point and shoot cameras. Flip type cameras with no zoom or a very short distance zoom (or worse yet, optical zoom) and no microphone input. 2. Consumer level camcorders with one smallish chip, a decent zoom and no microphone input. 3. Prosumer/low end professional level camcorders with three chips and either XLR or mini-jack mike inputs. 4. DSLRs.

...high?  Low?  In between?

Like I used to tell my students, you gotta know your target audience before you even think about creating a visual story.  Well, the same thing applies to writing a book.  In this case, The Basics of Videojournalism.

Our original demographic was high schools...then we realized there was a wider potential audience, so we have adapted to that.  And we've also finally settled on some of the finer points about our audience, including what level of gear they need.

Roughly we've broken gear into four basic groups.


Concertina Awards…one week left…

Check it out. The 2009 Concertina Awards for outstanding videojournalism. By the way...which of the following is the CORRECT way to spell the damn word? Video Journalism video journalism Video-Journalism video-journalism VideoJournalism videojournalism We really should come up with a standard cause some days it wrecks havoc with web searches.