Backpack Video Journalism

with Bill Gentile
at American University

May 15 - 18, 2023

Previous Student Work


Tara Kocourek made this film during my 2-5 June 2011 Backpack Journalism Workshop in Washington, DC. Tara’s background as still photographer is evident in this piece, a quiet examination of one artist’s quest for creative self.

Backpack Journalism with Bill Gentile

Aspiring backpack journalist Maria Howell shot and produced this piece during the Backpack Journalism Workshop with Bill Gentile and American University at the NBC News Bureau in Washington, DC, in March, 2010.

Finding a Way Home

Authored by Theresa Bucci at the October 2010 workshop. Theresa worked with one resident of a women’s homeless shelter to tell the powerful story of so many women who have fallen on hard times around the country.


Authored by Skye Wheeler at the October 2010 workshop. Skye found this story and this character, through whom we see a larger phenomenon of art and artists
affecting the city in which we live.

Stitching in Skin

Tattoo shop British Ink is profiled in the following piece made by Amna Nawaz for the March 2010 Backpack Journalism Workshop with Bill Gentile and NBC News in Washington, DC.

Hope on a Dead End Street

Authored by David Kieffer at Backpack Journalism Workshop with NOW on PBS and Bill Gentile in Dec 2008.

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