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SPJ applauds new checkbook journalism policy

INDIANAPOLIS – The Society of Professional Journalists applauds ABC’s decision to effectively ban checkbook journalism and the backdoor practice of paying "licensing fees" for newsmaker interviews and encourages all news outlets to do the same.

Florida's Triple Knot Productions Does Documentary on "The Power of Determination"

ImageBrian Dery, founder and president of the Florida-based inspirational video production company, Triple Knot Productions, is dedicated to telling the harrowing stories of individuals with astonishing injuries and disabilities.  After battling his own harrowing ordeal with paralysis, Dery launched Triple Knot Productions in 2005 and with it his commitment to overcome and inspire through storytelling.

SF Director of Photography Jeff Regan Purchases Two Panasonic AG-F100 Cameras

ImageDirector of Photography Jeff Regan, principal of Shooting Star Video in Foster City, CA, has purchased two Panasonic AG-AF100 large imager HD cinema camcorders to serve his San Francisco Bay area clients.

Regan works on broadcast, cable, corporate and independent productions. "The AF100 delivers freedom from the compromises of DSLRs and 35mm depth-of-field (DOF) adapters in a reliable, feature-rich, affordable package with the flexibility to use just about any lens imaginable," Regan said.

The Grrls Who Said "NO" to Comcast

When Seattle's Reel Grrls – an award-winning program that teaches teenage girls to make their own media – criticized Comcast on Twitter for its hiring of FCC Commissioner Meredith Attwell Baker, Comcast came after them. 

A Comcast vice president immediately fired off an e-mail saying the company was cutting off $18,000 in funding it had pledged for a summer camp teaching filmmaking, editing and screenwriting. Without those funds, the Reel Grrls camp wouldn't happen.

British Photojournalist Uses Rode VideoMic on Canon DSLR for Live Video

ImageFew crafts can equal photojournalism for its rapid pace of change. Still photography, even for the best of photojournalists, is now quickly evolving into multimedia production―with both stills and video. 

"There are all kinds of ways to tell a story," said award-winning photojournalist Edmond Terakopian. "There is a shift in photojournalism towards offering video alongside photography, which is largely being driven by the newspapers."

Can Pros Use Auto Focus and Face-Detection Technology on Camcorders?

ImageThere was no margin for error. The video shoot had to be completed in two four-and-a-half-hour sessions over two days and then delivered to the network at 9 a.m. the following morning. Although it would be less than five minutes long when finished, the video would involve more than a dozen TV stars, a fast-paced location shoot in narrow hallways and a complex choreography of people running toward a moving camera while lip-synching a classic rock song.

It would also have to be shot in HD by a single camera operator with minimal lighting. Target audience for the video: millions of viewers who would watch it as the intro to a major awards telecast.

Video Journalist Uses CoreMelt Plug-in To Support The Cause

ImageShawn Ahmed is a professional filmmaker, citizen journalist and charitable Organizer who founded the global poverty focused video blog "The Uncultured Project" to further the cause of helping people in impoverished countries. The first thing he'll tell you is: "you can't move people [to care and donate] with bad footage." 

VideoJournalistToday Captures X-Factor Auditions in New Jersey

ImageMore than 60 video cameras, in all shapes and sizes-some on booms and dollies, most handheld-were out in force to capture open call auditions for Producer Simon Cowell's much-hyped variety show "X Factor" at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. Indeed, the more than 20,000 hopefuls lined up Wednesday morning in the rain and again on Thursday to show their New Jersey "attitude and swagger" while reaching for their shot at a $5M recording contract.

The Newark auditions were the third of six stops, following Los Angeles and Miami, in the search for performers to compete on the upcoming Fox series. It's the American version of a show that's been on in the UK since 2004.

"Pandora's Promise" Shot with Panasonic Single-Sensor Camera

ImageRobert Stone, a multi-award-winning, Oscar-nominated and Emmy-nominated documentary filmmaker, is mid-way through production of his next project, Pandora's Promise, which he is shooting with the new Panasonic AG-AF100 large imager HD cinema camcorder. In his latest feature-length project Stone is taking on nuclear power and how mankind's most controversial technological discovery may ultimately hold the key to its survival.  After what the world is witnessing in Japan, the project has taken on new significance.

Cinematographer Danna Kinsky Uses Handheld Stabilizer for The Aerial Girl

ImageCinematographer Danna Kinsky and director Anna Simone Scott used Sachtler's artemis handheld stabilizer system to support a Canon 7D and prime lenses for The Aerial Girl, a short narrative adventure film.

"Pairing the lightweight Canon camera with the artemis handheld allowed us to move quickly and keep the audience in the moment," Kinsky said.

"When The Aerial Girl project came up, I knew the artemis handheld would help me capture the story the way we wanted," she said.