“Shooting, editing and distributing video once belonged to you, Big Media. Only you could afford to reach a TV audience built in your own image. Now video is coming into the user’s hands, and audience-building by former members of the audience is alive and well on the Web.” Jay Rosen
image by Alexander Olm on Flickr.
Before I started my video journalism trainee at a regional TV station in Rosenheim/Germany I didn’t think I’d ever be producing my own footage, standing behind the camera. My plan was to be a reporter, going out with a camera man, editing what we recorded together afterwards. I never really came across the term “video journalist” before that. I applied for a trainee in Rosenheim and was told that this TV station only worked with vjs. It sounded interesting, I got the job and ended up producing reports all on my own. That was the best thing that could have happened, as I couldn’t imagine being “just” a reporter anymore.
But to get to the point: Before this I was still used to the traditional division of work, never thought about filming the footage on my own, as I wanted to take the reporter-part. Thanks to the developments in this industry I can do both. But it doesn’t stop there. Due to affordable small digital video cameras, Flip Cams and the possibility to film with your phone, as well as free or affordable editing software, everyone is able to create videos nowadays. Still, a lot of people don’t take that step to get their message out there.
Citizen journalists, communities, charities, nonprofits: All of them are mostly working with text and pictures to tell their stories online. However, in a lot of cases, a video can have much more impact. Just one example: Someone expressing his feelings is much better shown in a video then just described in a text.
And no, you don’t need two years of video journalism training to achieve that. And you don’t need a fancy camera equipment either.
So I’d like to help out crossing that border and will offer free workshops for everyone who wants to get their message out there by producing videos – no matter it’s interviews, single statements, reports, documentaries, portraits. We’ll talk about everything you need to produce your own piece, for your very own purpose, including shooting, editing, storytelling and distribution. And I’ll also help you at the start during the actual production process. No matter if you’ve got a Flip Cam, a camcorder, an iPhone or a small digital camera, no matter which experience you have.
If you’re a citizen journalist/blogger or community, charity, initiative or any other nonprofit organisation in and around Birmingham and want to start telling your stories with videos or improve your skills, I’m looking forward to hearing from you.
As Jay Rosen said it, it’s not just up to the “Big Media” to tell stories with video anymore. So get in touch and let’s get started!