Backpack Journalism With Leopoldo Castillo at Venezuela’s Globovision

CARACAS, Venezuela, 23 March 2011 — “Alo Ciudadano” is arguably the most popular program on Venezuelan television. Host Leopoldo Castillo and I discuss backpack video journalism during an interview on his show. (Photos by Tom Mittnacht.)

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New York Times Photojournalist Tyler Hicks in Afghanistan, 2008

WASHINGTON, DC, 18 March 2011 — While embedded with the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (24thMEU) in Afghanistan in 2008, I made a brief video of New York Times Photojournalist Tyler Hicks as he prepared and then transmitted images from one of the most unforgiving locales on earth to the Times photo desk in New York. […]

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Backpack Video Journalism at International Center for Journalists

WASHINGTON, DC, 1 March 2011 — I conducted a Backpack Journalism Workshop for eight new fellows at the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) in the nation’s capital prior to their departure for assignments overseas. During the all-day workshop, we discussed Controlling Idea, Dramatic Arc, the ABCs of the visual language, character-driven documentary and other components […]

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Backpack Documentary Expedition: Nicaragua

WASHINGTON, DC, 9 February 2011 — The “Backpack Documentary Expedition: Nicaragua,” is a 10-day immersion in the craft of character-driven documentary making. We follow American volunteers with a leading U.S. non-profit to the Nicaraguan town of Ticuantepe, just outside the capital of Managua. For me, it’s not just about teaching backpack video journalism, or documentary. […]

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Miami Herald Produces Haiti Documentary

WASHINGTON, DC, 4 February 2011 — I just ran across this story about the Miami Herald’s production of its first documentary, about the aftermath of the earthquake in Haiti: (Click here.)  Just one more measure of how the media landscape is shifting beneath our feet. — Bill Gentile

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New Backpack Journalism Workshop Photos

WASHINGTON, DC, 18 January 2011 — I’m finally catching up to posting material generated during our December Backpack Journalism Workshop at Maryland Public Television. That’s Andrea Boston in the center, with Esther Gentile looking over her shoulder and Don Sladkin on the left. I’m on the right giving instruction. (Photos by Kelly Donnellan, Esther Gentile […]

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