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9-year-old reporter breaks crime news, posts videos, fires back at critics

ImageReporter 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.

How to get ahead in video journalism – 10 tips for starting out from Webby award winner Pete Pattisson

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.

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