“A Life on the Wave,” by Luis Melgar

  WASHINGTON, DC, 1 January 2014 — This is another of the stories produced during my December 2013 Video Journalism Workshop in Montevideo, Uruguay. Luis Melgar happened upon a shop whose owner restores artwork. But the man’s real passion is radio. Luis spent a few days with Horacio Nigro, documenting his story, “A Life on […]

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Video Journalism and Rising to the Challenge

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay, 14 December 2013 — This is the final video produced by Nicolas Pereyra at my Backpack Video Journalism Workshop in Montevideo. It’s about a Venezuelan woman living in Uruguay and the Venezuelan-style specialty, called “arepas,” she prepares for hungry customers. Nicolas did a great job of adapting to a shifting landscape in the […]

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Informal Interviews Connect Characters With Audience, WASHINGTON, DC, 12 November 2013 — I encourage students to conduct informal, on-the-run interviews with their characters as a means to connect those characters with their audience. The intent of these informal interviews is distinct from the formal, sit-down affairs that provide a character’s narration that we often slip under the character’s image while […]

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