Using Video Journalism Judiciously

WASHINGTON, DC, 19 August 2012 — In a clip shot during my 16-19 August 2012 Video Journalism Workshop, I comment on the judicious use of our hand-held digital cameras that can both enhance cooperation by subjects but can also harm feelings.

This most recent workshop was one of the most productive and gratifying in memory. It included participants from the Veterans Administration and the World Bank. One participant is a former member of the United States Marine Corps.

The event also included two winners of the Sgt. Sullivan Center Scholarship, named so for a Marine who died from unknown illnesses after having served in Iraq.

The Video Journalism Workshops are intensive, four-day immersions in the craft of “video 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. 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 documentary filmmakers and independent storytellers.

Learn more about the workshops HERE.

– Bill Gentile
20 August 2012