Backpack Video Journalism — Guatemala Style

GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala, 22 May 2013 — She drives around Guatemala City, moving from story to story in a purple, unidentifiable car that she calls “Bubble.” She humps a camera, an over-sized tripod and whatever else she needs, to pump out an average of three stories a day. She is camerawoman, sound woman, correspondent, producer, […]

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Reuters Workshop in Guatemala Hits Second Day

GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala, 21 May 2013 — Here are some shots from the video journalism workshop today, the second of our five-day event. Today is the first day of Production. Students headed out this morning to begin constructing the visual foundations of their 3-5 minute documentaries. Yesterday we covered the visual alphabet, the Six-Shot System, […]

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Thomson Reuters Funds Guatemala Workshop

GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala, 20 May 2013 — Nancy McGirr (standing far right) opens the May 20-24 Video Journalism Workshop funded by the Thomson Reuters Foundation. Nancy is hosting the event at her non-profit, Fotokids, in Guatemala City. Below, I discuss composition with attendants. Below, most of the group.  

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16 Days Left to SAVE $100 on Video Journalism Workshop

WASHINGTON, DC, 18 Mau 2013 — There are just 16 days left to SAVE $100 on the June 6-9 Video Journalism Workshop in Washington, DC. Use Promo Code BGENTILE to register at You will learn to: Articulate story ideas. Capture powerful images and clean sound. Recognize and cultivate dramatic story arcs. Conduct compelling, in-depth […]

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Spreading Video Journalism in Venezuela

WASHINGTON, DC, 18 May 2013 — During a trip to Venezuela last week, I visited the headquarters of Ultimas Noticias, one of the more widely read newspapers in the country and part of a broad and multifaceted media operation. The visit was part of a summer tour of presentations and workshops in Panama, Venezuela, Guatemala […]

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Backpack Video Journalism Tours Venezuela

WASHINGTON, DC, 18 May 2013 — I address students and faculty at the Universidad Arturo Michelena (UAM) in Valencia, Venezuela, early this week. I got back last night after a one-week trip to Venezuela, where I met with students and working journalists to discuss backpack video journalism and the technological advances that have made the […]

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