Reporter Hilde Kate Lysiak got the tip early Saturday afternoon that there was heavy police activity on Ninth Street. She hustled over with her pen and camera, as any good reporter would, and soon she posted something short online, beating all her competitors. Then, working the neighbors and the cops, she nailed down her scoop with a full-length story and this headline: "EXCLUSIVE: MURDER ON NINTH STREET!" The online story not only beat the local daily paper, but she also included a short video from the crime scene, assuring viewers that "I'm working hard on this investigation." Then Monday came and Hilde had to go back to third grade.
In 2000 I got my first photos published in a magazine. Fourteen years later I won a Webby Award for my film exposing the treatment of migrant workers in Qatar, host of the 2022 World Cup. Along the way I've learned a few things about what it takes to succeed (or at least survive) as a freelance video journalist. I certainly don't have all the answers, but I hope one or two of these tips may be helpful to some of you trying to break in to this most competitive of fields. The type of work I do sometimes involves breaking news, but more often consists of in-depth investigations, which can take months to film.
TVU Networks, a provider of live IP video solutions, markets a wide range of products for live video acquisition, delivery and streamlining workflow. The company also provides a full portfolio of video-over-IP solutions designed to give video journalists innovative, flexible and reliable tools to acquire live video content from anywhere and distribute it anywhere. TVU solutions include: the TVU Grid, an IP-based switching, routing and distribution video solution; the award-winning lightweight and portable TVU One cellular live video transmitter; the fixed-mounted TVU MLink for ENG vans; the TVUMe online video content marketplace; and the TVU Anywhere app that turns an iPhone or Android device into a live video transmitter.
Comrex has unveiled version 4.0 of its ACCESS software, which includes CrossLock, a new feature included that provides video journalists with an added capability for cellular service bonding, allowing multiple networks to be used simultaneously. In addition to network bonding, the user can configure multiple networks for redundancy mode, which is a better choice for reliability on higher bandwidth links. Additionally, forward error correction (FEC) and other ACCESS reliability tools are included with the firmware. With ACCESS's portable user interface and wide variety of encoders that set the standard for innovative remote broadcasting equipment, ACCESS 4.0 enables higher quality, lower latency, and improved stability from even more locations.
Dejero, a provider of cloud-managed solutions for the transport of live video across challenging IP networks, has developed a full portfolio IP connectivity solutions for electronic newsgathering (ENG) and independent video journalism. Dejero's LIVE+ platform simplifies the adoption of IP and cloud technology for video transport between remote or mobile locations. The unique Dejero approach bonds all available networks, including 3G/4G/LTE cellular, Wi-Fi, Ethernet, or BGAN or Ka-band satellite, to deliver high-quality, low-latency video.
Sony has unveiled its latest 4K camcorder, the compact and highly affordable PXW-Z150, which combines enhanced low-light performance and a number of fast file transfer options for professionals who need to quickly and easily shoot, edit and deliver broadcast-quality content. The PXW-Z150 will ship in April at a suggested list price of $3,595. The company said the new PXW-Z150, Sony's third professional 1-inch camcorder, features a stacked 1.0-type Exmor sensor, highly unique in a professional camcorder. It features a 1.0 type stacked Exmor RS CMOS image sensor, allowing shooters to capture sharp pictures in low-light conditions. A high-speed read-out ensures high-speed motion shooting with minimum distortion.
Dejero, a provider of cloud managed technology for the live transmission of video over IP networks, will be providing on-site support at the Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Broadcasters and independent video journalists will be able to rent, lease or buy systems to boost their coverage. With athletes from 206 countries competing, this summer's Games will demand rich coverage from all of the broadcasters in Rio. Dejero helps get the right shots in the right places through its IP network connectivity options, allowing camera crews and journalists to pick their best locations to deliver live feeds back to their broadcast facilities and to viewers around the world.
A journalist with a video camera is really no different from one with a pen and paper. No matter what the medium, you're telling a story. The tools you use are different, but the technique is largely the same. First of all, remember the inverted pyramid. When telling the story, you're moving from the most specific to the most general (the rationale for which, in the days of newspapers, was that an editor could cut for length and not have to worry about losing important details). You begin your story with the lead - or "lede," to use the industry specific spelling - the general summation of the story's topic and the hook to draw the reader/viewer in.
The Excellence in Journalism 2016 conference, September 18-21, 2016 in New Orleans, is set to be the journalism event of the year and will be host to top news professionals from broadcast, print and digital newsrooms around the country. With more than 1,500 attendees expected at Excellence in Journalism 2016, you can't miss this opportunity to partner with SPJ, RTDNA and NAJA at this premiere journalism conference. Among the highlights is the J-Expo (vendor exhibition floor) and Career Fair, where attendees can network with fellow journalists and pursue a wide variety of job opportunities.
MOJO: The Mobile Journalism Handbook is the first book devoted specifically to training citizens, journalism students and media professionals to produce professional-quality videos with only a mobile device. As journalism becomes increasingly competitive, students and emerging professionals need a broader skillset to make themselves more employable, whether as mainstream or entrepreneurial journalists. This book by Dr. Ivo Burum and Dr. Stephen Quinn, world experts in mobile journalism, provides comprehensive coverage of all the skills and practices needed to be a mobile journalist.
Vizrt Helps Video Journalism Students Learn Graphics Creation With New Starter Program Viz Artist designers are some of the most sought after broadcast designers in the world. Vizrt is offering a special program for all aspiring broadcast designers to give their careers a head start in the media industry.The Vizrt Student License Program is offered to both freelancers and students (enrolled to educational institutions). The program has been created to provide special pricing for Viz Artist, Vizrt’s real-time 3D modeling and animation application that is used to design scenes for all of Vizrt’s graphics products. Using specially licensed software and a series of tutorials, you will become an expert in what’s become the design standard for broadcast.
Hey all, Jake here, audio products reviewer for VJT. This month I'm taking a look at Hammer & Anvil's new MK ENG 600 Shotgun microphone. The ENG 600 comes from the company's new line of HDSLR professional audio production tools that equip the up-and-coming Video Journalist with everything he or she could need when trying to capture audio for video. The ENG 600 has all the features of an amazing professional shotgun microphone. Measuring 15 inches in length, the ENG 600 is surprisingly lightweight, which makes it perfect for all day shoots, whether following behind a shooter, or attaching to the top of your camera with the microphone's shock mount.