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#Podcast – Lessons in long-form video journalism from the Guardian and Vice

August 17th, 2012 | No Comments | Posted by in Broadcasting, Podcast
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News outlets have been producing online video for several years, with most organisations favouring short clips responding to viewers who favour one, two, five and 10-minute films.

But as technology delivers higher broadband speeds, platforms such as YouTube and Vimeo, and devices such as iPads and connected TV, viewers are increasingly watching long-form online video, often at home, often in the evening, and news outlets are responding.

This podcast looks at how the Guardian and Vice have found success with long-form video documentaries and discusses the various commercial options to make video pay.

Journalism.co.uk technology editor Sarah Marshall speaks to:

  • Dan’l Hewitt, general manager, AdVice, a division of Vice Media
  • Stephen Folwell, business director, multimedia and brand extensions, Guardian News & Media

Last week’s podcast looked at digital opportunities in long-form journalism, focusing on written content.

You can hear future podcasts by signing up to the Journalism.co.uk iTunes podcast feed.

 

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#Tip of the day from Journalism.co.uk – improving your video journalism skills

On Poynter Casey Frechette has compiled advice for journalists on becoming “better video storytellers”, outlined in nine “key elements”. These include considering how to demonstrate emotions, looking for opportunities to show movement and using the best shot types.

Read the full post here.

Tipster: Rachel McAthy

If you have a tip you would like to submit to us at Journalism.co.uk email us using this link– we will pay a fiver for the best ones published.

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#followjourn – @JohnDomokos/video journalist

February 17th, 2012 | No Comments | Posted by in Broadcasting, Recommended journalists

Who? John Domokos

Where? John is a video producer at the Guardian

Twitter? @JohnDomokos

John is a video producer and founder member of the video team at the Guardian. He discussed online video journalism at news:rewired – media in motion. A live blog of the session can be found here.

Just as we like to supply you with fresh and innovative tips, we are recommending journalists to follow online too. Recommended journalists can be from any sector of the industry: please send suggestions (you can nominate yourself) to Rachel at journalism.co.uk; or to @journalismnews.

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#followjourn – @viewmagazine David Dunkley Gyimah/videojournalist

January 27th, 2012 | No Comments | Posted by in Journalism

Who? David Dunkley Gyimah

Where? Knight Batten and international award-winning videojournalist. He also produces online magazine viewmagazine.tv.

Twitter? @viewmagazine

David will be speaking about online video journalism at news:rewired – media in motion, Journalism.co.uk’s conference on the latest trends in digital journalism.

Just as we like to supply you with fresh and innovative tips, we are recommending journalists to follow online too. Recommended journalists can be from any sector of the industry: please send suggestions (you can nominate yourself) to Rachel at journalism.co.uk; or to @journalismnews.

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#media140 – Get messy with mobile journalism, says Adam Westbrook

April 13th, 2011 | No Comments | Posted by in Broadcasting, Events, Mobile

Quantity over quality – that needs to be the mindset for mobile journalists, UK online video journalist Adam Westbrook said today at the #media140 conference in Barcelona.

While there are similarities between video journalists and mobile journalists, being the latter, by its nature, is about being in a particular place, he said, and the ability to get information out quickly, and in volume.

You need the drive to be where the story is and once you’re there to get as close as you can. You’re not restricted to being close to the action. There is also the mindset of speed … You have to have an ‘always on’ mindset, always carrying your gear with you and always be looking for a story. Switch on and get your phone out and get some coverage straight away.

Because mobile journalism is still so new, you also need to be very willing to experiment. This runs across all spheres of journalism. It is about getting messy, in a way, there is no roadmap, there is no path.

Westbrook opened his presentation with the great example of UK journalist Alex Wood and his colleagues’ coverage of the G20 summit in 2009, despite being kept in a containment area. Unlike the mainstream media, unable to get their tapes out of the area, Wood’s team were able to connect to wifi and report on what was happening using their mobiles.

They sent Tweets and uploaded photos from their phones. For Alex and his colleagues its became quite a landmark moment for their journalism. Because they were mobile they had the advantage over the mainstream media. It really shows the potential that mobile journalism has.

Another practical advantage was illustrated in a photo Westbrook showed next, of a broadcast team filming an interview with numerous members of crew, a camera, autoprompter, lighting and “miles of cable”.

In comparison, the typical mobile journalism setup consists of a camera which doubles up as a phone, a high quality microphone, a mifi connector and a small tripod, he said.

Technology has allowed mobile journalism to happen as it does. Also the infrastructure has improved, there’s wifi in more places and high speed broadband.”

So what could the future hold for mobile journalism? Westbrook’s ideas were:

  • Location based news
  • Geo-tagging
  • Mobile moving mainstream
  • More citizen reporting
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#Tip of the day from Journalism.co.uk – breaking TV news conventions online

March 18th, 2011 | No Comments | Posted by in Top tips for journalists

Over on his blog new media journalist Adam Westbrook offers some ideas online video journalists might like to try out, in an attempt to break away from the mold of TV news conventions and make the most of having potentially more time on screen and in production. Tipster: Rachel McAthy.

To submit a tip to Journalism.co.uk, use this link – we will pay a fiver for the best ones published.

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#Tip of the day from Journalism.co.uk – video interviewing

Over on VJ Movement Jennifer Crandall offers journalists working in broadcast six useful tips on interview technique for video, to help make the interview as well composed as the footage and ensure responses from the interviewee are filled with detail and colour. Tipster: Rachel McAthy.

To submit a tip to Journalism.co.uk, use this link – we will pay a fiver for the best ones published.

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BBC News launches collaborative multimedia project based on British soldiers

A collaborative project between the BBC’s video-on-demand team, online graphic designers, journalists, newsgathering reporters and the BBC News channel was launched on the BBC News website yesterday.

The special multimedia report, ‘Life with the Lancers’, follows a year of filming with four Army soldiers from the Queen’s Royal Lancers regiment.

They were given cameras to gather video-diary material, took stills as well, and talked to BBC correspondents at different stages during the year about their experiences. The Army’s combat camera team also provided material.

In a blog post discussing the report editor of the BBC News website Steve Herrmann said the aim was to understand what the daily experience of UK troops serving in Afghanistan “in more detail than headline news reports allow”.

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YouTube and National Geographic launch video competition

November 2nd, 2010 | No Comments | Posted by in Awards, Online Journalism, Photography

YouTube and National Geographic have partnered to launch the ‘Planet Inspired’ competition. The project calls for short film entries highlighting environmental issues which can be made using original content, or with footage filmed by National Geographic reporters.

The most original entries will be voted on by the YouTube community, and the winner will receive a National Geographic weekend photography workshop and $1,000 gift card from The North Face.

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#Tip of the day from Journalism.co.uk – filming with small cameras

August 23rd, 2010 | No Comments | Posted by in Top tips for journalists

The BBC College of Journalism website features advice and tips from Charles Miller on how best to use a small camera to get shots for video content. Tipster: Rachel McAthy.

To submit a tip to Journalism.co.uk, use this link – we will pay a fiver for the best ones published.

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