Study good examples of online video

What makes good journalistic video for the Web? Is there a formula?

As I prepare to teach journalism students how to shoot and edit video for online, I’m searching out examples that we can discuss and learn from.

Lucky for me, Angela Grant posted a very useful list of links to 15 examples of online video journalism that she recommends.

Update (9:07 a.m.): Patrick Beeson just put up an excellent post about how newsrooms ought to approach online video. He includes an awesome list detailing the overhead for a typical video implementation.

Update (1:55 p.m.): Check out this compelling video package about a forensics class and a serial killer, from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

About three of the videos on Angela’s list are no longer available, but the rest are still at the same links.

9 Comments on “Study good examples of online video

  1. Being a longtime photojournalist…37yrs and the last 10 trying to do video too….my take…learn how to get good sound….shotgun on camera and a small digital recorder to get other natural sounds for another trac if possible…(I use the MKE 300 sennheiser on camera and on the my recorder) get a good cheap camera (canon 800 I’ve seen under $200) and shoot shoot shoot….like a third hand…final cut express is OK….Keep it around 2mins….lead with your Best shot…I like soundslides too. but my paper would not support… keep them at 2 min….action with natural sound…with lulls filled with good quotes about the story….from subjects you film..its all about being local…things happening in your community from recitals to school crossing guards..practice practice…for the breaking story when it happens.. you will know your equipment…and you won’t have trouble tell that story….my two cents

  2. I enjoyed the Touching Evil series, but I think that sort of story ought to be the exception rather than the rule. It’s a good ten minutes of talking heads that I feel might turn the average viewer away. I’ve been encouraging our staff to shy away from this sort of story, mostly because it’s so hard to do it well.

  3. I have been looking and finding so much great information here on you blog Mindy. BRAVO!

    I am also a photojournalist of several years, wanting to make switch as an educator. I just put together a blog with my links to videos and Soundslides projects. http://jannetwalsh.blogspot.com/

    Any suggestions would be great! (There is so much here on one site, oh my!)
    Jannet

  4. Hi, Jannet. I really like your series about the local Muslim community there, but I think the first one should have been TWO Soundslides instead of one! It seems like it splits into a new story halfway through.

  5. @Peter: I completely agree, the Touching Evil package is a huge drain on a news organization’s limited resources, if you do it well, and so there’s just no way you should be trying to do a lot like it.

    But I would say exactly the same thing about the traditional big investigative package that runs for several days in the print newspaper — also a huge drain on your limited resources, if done well.

    We need to decide rationally when it’s worthwhile to make this kind of effort, and then, in those cases, go ahead and do it. And do a good job.

  6. Mindy,

    Thanks for your comments. That was the first big Soundslides project I did. It was a lot to take in.
    Jannet

  7. @Jannet: Ha ha, I know EXACTLY what you mean! It’s really hard to shape a two-minute story the first few times you produce a Soundslides. I’m still not very good at it because I don’t have a photojournalism background. My images are always weak.

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