What Camera Should I Buy?

WASHINGTON, DC, 16 April 2011 — I get questions on equipment all the time. What camera should I buy? What kind of backpack do I use? What about that data transmitter I saw in one of your videos? The latest equipment query was about the HDSLRs, which look like still cameras but shoot video as […]

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Bridges to Community Announces Partnership With Backpack Doc

WASHINGTON, DC, 13 April 2011 — Bridges to Community, a leading U.S. non-profit working in Nicaragua, has announced its collaboration with my “Backpack Documentary Expedition: Nicaragua,” scheduled for 24 June – 3 July of this year. Based in Ossining, New York, Bridges to Community is a non-profit community development organization aiming “to create a world […]

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Backpack Video Journalism at NAB in Las Vegas

WASHINGTON, DC, 12 April 2011 — Am still a bit jet-lagged after the red-eye flight from Las Vegas to DC Sunday night but gratified by the opportunity to speak with so many practitioners and instructors at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) convention over the weekend. Above, some of the attendees watch “Afghanistan: The Forgotten […]

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Backpack Video Journalism in Harvard’s ReVista Magazine

WASHINGTON, DC, 7 April 2011 — I just received a copy of ReVista, the Harvard Review of Latin America that is edited by long-time friend and colleague June Carolyn Erlick. This Spring/Summer 2011 edition is titled, “Journalism in the Americas.” It’s a great review of the state of journalism in the hemisphere. And it’s not […]

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AU’s Backpack Journalism Project Goes to NAB in Las Vegas

WASHINGTON, DC, 5 April 2011 — I’ve accepted an invitation by Sony to lead a roundtable discussion, titled “The Backpack Journalism Project at American University,” at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) meeting in Las Vegas this weekend. Other presenters will be representing the University of Nevada, Ball State University, Indiana Public Radio and Colorado […]

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Backpack Video Journalism in Caracas

CARACAS, Venezuela, 25 March 2011 — During the two-day workshop at the Catholic University Andres Bello in Caracas, I had time to walk the corridors of the institution with one of the work-study students who assisted during the event. Below, I discuss the advantages of backpack video journalism with students. (Photos by Alex Rengel.)

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