NOW on PBS has selected the top videos from the March 2009 Backpack Journalism Workshop to post on its site. Please see http://www.pbs.org/now/shows/440/Journalism-Workshop.html.
All participants should be deeply proud of your accomplishments. I certainly am.
I also mentioned the role that non-profits are increasingly playing in our field. These include the Pulitzer Center and the International Reporting Project, just to name two well-known examples.
In a model that we are seeing more and more, these groups provide grants, scholarships or fellowships to support journalistic projects overseas, then help journalists distribute and promote their work when they return.
It’s worth considering if you’re hungry to work abroad on a compelling project and don’t want to wait forever for a j.o.b. to finance your dream.
Still processing and catching up after attending the 10th International Symposium on Online Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin.
The economic slowdown has really exacerbated the technology-driven changes already transforming our craft for some time now. Advertising dollars migrate from newspapers and magazines to the Internet. Cutbacks and shutdowns reduce our numbers. We all scramble to adapt and to continue our respective missions.
I use the word â€œlaboratoryâ€ to describe this symposium. Rosental Calmon Alves pulled together journalists from around the world to bring their latest tools, techniques and ideas to the table, throw them in the mix and get a collective sense of where our craft is going.
I delivered two presentations, the first in English and the second in Spanish, about how backpack journalism is filling the void left by conventional media. Especially for news and information from abroad, conventional media outlets no longer have the muscle or the will to send traditional production teams of four or five people to cover important events and issues.
Thatâ€™s where backpack journalism comes in. And I donâ€™t mean â€œcitizen journalism,â€ because high-tech gear can never replace quality journalism executed by professionals properly trained in the language that is â€œvisual journalism.â€
SILVER SPRING, MD, 15 March 2009 â€“ Graduation Day. Seated from left to right are instructors Bill Delano, Bill Gentile and Ted Roach. Standing (L to R) are Daniel J. Cox (Boseman, Montana) Nancy Tagaloa (American Samoa) Deb Jackson (Santa Rosa, CA) American University student Sarah Sheya, Debbie Rosenberg (New York) John Russ Clarke (Bangor, Maine), American University student David Coffey, Nancy Boulicault (London) and Silvio Carrillo.