“Beating DC” Debuts at Video Journalism Workshop WASHINGTON, DC, 21 August 2012 — Produced and shot during my 16-19 August 2012 Video Journalism Workshop, “Beating DC” is a great example of the methodology that we refer to as “backpack video journalism.”

The shocking thing about this piece is that its creator has only a couple of months of experience in the craft. Ray Hinojosa, of Gainesville, FL, is a researcher at the Department of Veterans Affairs. You can see Ray’s piece on YouTube HERE.

Ray is just one of a handful of highly talented and motivated participants in the workshop, which are intensive, four-day immersions in the craft of “backpack journalism” defined as character-driven television/web productions with hand-held digital cameras by a single practitioner. The workshops cover the gamut of this storytelling craft from the genesis and shaping of story ideas, to shooting powerful images that drive the story, to the capture and use of sound, to script writing, narration, and editing. These workshops are appropriate for beginners with some experience as well as existing practitioners who desire to sharpen their skills or acquire new ones. We welcome photojournalists, print and video journalists, aspiring documentarians, filmmakers and independent storytellers.

The workshops are suited for beginners with some experience as well as more seasoned practitioners who want to sharpen their skills and acquire new ones. We welcome photojournalists making the transition to film and video. Print journalists seeking to expand their skills will find the workshops particularly useful. Broadcast journalists accustomed to the technology and techniques preceding today’s hand-held digital cameras will find that the newer equipment delivers a more immediate, intimate version of visual communication than their predecessors. Video journalists, documentarians, filmmakers and independent storytellers who want to expand their skill set and learn from one of the pioneers in the field also will benefit from the workshops. You must be at least 18 years old to attend.

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