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The Increasing Role of Non-Profits

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 […]

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Great Teaching Assistants

I’m so fortunate to be able to count on Teaching Assistants like Bill Delano and Ted Roach during these Backpack Journalism Workshops. They are masters of the technology involved in the craft but, more importantly, they are masters of the craft of human relationships. And it’s all about human relationships. Bill, (l) is a graduate […]

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Gentile Quick Tip #7: Keep It Clean!

Especially because we usually work alone, backpack journalists have to pay attention to every detail. There’s nobody around to run through the check list with us. So every time you pull the camera out of the bag, clean the lens. I know it sounds silly, but we get so wrapped up in the big stuff […]

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Gentile Quick Tip #6: Stay Connected. Use Headphones.

I can’t tell you how many of my backpack journalism students lose critical visual and audio information because they are not connected to their characters with headphones. Once your character is out of eye sight and you are not listening to him/her over the wireless microphone, you’ve cut yourself off not only from what’s happening […]

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Gentile Quick Tip #5: Shoot the Journey

Backpack journalists should document characters as they move from one scene to another. Always shoot the journey, be it by foot, car, plane or train. Shoot his/her feet hitting the pavement, hands on the steering wheel, face in the rear view mirror. Shoot through the windshield and out the window as the scenery passes by. […]

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