Newspaper video experts: What they’re doing

We hosted a panel discussion about video on newspaper Web sites on July 3 (part of UF’s Institute on Journalism and Media). Thanks to our college’s Web administrator, Craig Lee, the two-hour video of the panel is now online, broken into four roughly equal chunks:

  1. Introduction and presentation by Chuck Fadely (photojournalist and videographer at The Miami Herald, and blogger at Newspaper Video)
  2. Presentation by Regina McCombs (videographer and multimedia producer at the Star Tribune in Minneapolis)
  3. Presentation by Chet Rhodes (videographer and trainer at washingtonpost.com)
  4. Questions and discussion (all panelists)

I went through all the tape and logged it, so you can nip in and find the bits that interest you most. The logs are on each page, just below the video player.

The video is Flash video (thanks, Craig!), so you shouldn’t have any trouble if you’re trying to watch it behind a corporate firewall.

Our audience for this panel was 18 journalists and journalism educators from 18 different countries, so the panelists explained what is being done with video in each of their newsrooms, showed some examples, and talked about training and workflow.

13 Comments on “Newspaper video experts: What they’re doing

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  3. I’d like to point out that I may have given a wrong impression in describing Roanoke’s videos.

    I characterized their video efforts as low end, mixed with photographers’ high-end video. That is not accurate. Rather than using point-and-shoot cameras as I said, they are using decent mini-dv cameras in their newsroom and have brought in outside training for their reporters to make sure their quality stays high. The video I showed during the presentation was not typical of their report.

    I was trying to differentiate between Roanoke.com’s deliberately not-like-TV approach to video and the TV-on-the-net approach of their sister company, HamptonRoads.tv. I was trying to point out the very different approaches taken by different papers in the U.S., and made it sound like Roanoke doesn’t do quality work. Nothing could be further from the truth. (In my defense, I was trying to avoid mentioning that paper in California that I usually pick on…. )

    I did not highlight some of the great and sophisticated reporter’s work (such as http://www.roanoke.com/multimedia/video/wb/120830 (High School graduate takes big steps))that they’re doing in Roanoke on a regular basis, so I left the impression that they’re only doing low-end. They aren’t. Roanoke is doing incredible work in multimedia. Their day-in and day-out multimedia coverage of Virginia Tech athletics is a model for our industry and is something I regularly point to as the way it should be done.

    If this sounds like I’m sucking up to Seth Gitner and his work at Roanoke, you’re right. He’s doing things right there and I wronged him when I shouldn’t have. In this era of ever-tightening budgets and reduced resources, Roanoke still manages to produce quality work on a daily basis.

    My apologies.

    Chuck Fadely

  4. How ironic, or perhaps “tragic” is a better word, that the video of this “experts on video” presentation should be of such crappy, nearly unwatchable quality.

    I mean, who shot this? Some bored 8th grade assistant AV assistant?

    Seriously, it’s awful production values like these that leave many in this industry shaking their heads at the value of this “revolution.”

    And it’s not just this embarrassing video here; this is the norm across the country. I’ve seen video programs at papers of note that seem as if they were shot by high school kids with too much spare time on their hands and no skills.

    What a joke.

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  7. Shane, I guess you have not seen as many crappy conference videos as I have. These are much, much better than most. Sorry if the quality is too low for you.

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