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NAB 2012: Panel discussion 'the state of newspaper video'

By site editor Dan Chung

This is the first of our dslrnewsshooter.com live panels from NAB2012. Today’s is on the state of newspaper video moderated by Sean Samuels of Hungry Eye mag with Chuck Fadely of the Miami Herald, Duy Linh Tu, professor and director of digital media at Columbia Journalism School, Matt Allard of Aljazeera and myself. Many thanks to Teradek and Livestream for hosting the event.

The second live broadcast will be a conversation between Matt Allard and myself about the what we’ve seen at the show. The discussion will centre on the new gear and the people we’ve met. It will be on Tuesday 17th April, at 12pm Pacific Time (19:00 GMT)

The third live broadcast will be called “I used to just shoot news” and feature some of the best known shooters who either made a start in, or still do TV broadcast news. On the panel will be Philip Bloom, Den Lennie, Rick Macomber of CBS Boston and Matt Allard. It will be on Wednesday 18th April, at 12pm Pacific Time (19:00 GMT)

To watch the rest of the week go to http://new.livestream.com/teradek/ at the appropriate time.


Posted on April 16th, 2012 by admin | Category: DSLR video news |

3 responses to "NAB 2012: Panel discussion 'the state of newspaper video'"

  1. Sam_Morgan_Moore Says:
    April 17th, 2012 at 12:05 am

    Very interesting chat.

    I am glad that we went past traffic as the only measure of success and remembered that journalism about communication

    Some thought points – not answers or questions!

    Im not sure about the people telling their own story .. Im not actually sure what they were demonstrating about in the demo clip.. maybe that was clear by watching the whole piece

    I think reporters can bring context – but in trad TV often the ratio is too far towards the reporter

    On the hurricane story we heard that the footage ended up as a one hour network doco

    Financially that may have been great – but seeing a piece being picked up by television is really no big deal – its seems to be bowing to the gods of television too much

    I think we are right that by NAB2020 TV will have finished – corporates like the Beeb may provide the most watched content – like iplayer but the delivery will not be TV and affixment to a schedule will be over

    interesting that the host – talked about having time to watch the last piece – Its the internet – you have as long or short as you want – yet you seemed to be feeling a need to hit a half hour spot – why?

    On duration I think that is interesting – TVs are cramped by thier schedules for example I like the radio programme ‘in business’ – I could listen to that for an hour – but the radio four people only have 25mins for it in their schedule

    Non schedule broadcasters can win a race here – maybe presenting a more interactive way of viewing

    Such a program could be presented as the 10min cut for the tube ride to work – or as the longer cut

    As for the quality of content most paper videos seem to be waay behind broadcasters and they are forgetting that they are direct competition

    In the evening I can sit down and watch some newspaper content or I could watch Panorama or Horizon on the Iplayer – the production values of the latter are in a different stratosphere (and cost of making too)

    In summary – its all up in the air – for everyone !

  2. Andy Portch Says:
    April 17th, 2012 at 10:14 pm

    Dear Sam,
    I can filter my internet profile to only watch today’s news about ‘cats and kittens’.
    Ironically the internet age is in danger of offering less access to balanced quality journalism. Newspapers and TV nightly news are in decline. Making quality news, especially investigative and foreign news is expensive. Are enough people willing to pay for internet news content? In the mix we risk losing the vital daily news digest of topics around the world that affect us all. Sure these topics have traditionally been selected by news editors; and wise viewers have always been best served by more than one news source.

    For existing news providers chasing the ‘digital cynics’ the fickle users of the internet, it is a tricky business. Internet use is a personal experience; yet online we ‘herd’ to ‘most viewed’ or the latest and coolest site. Often these choices are organic, not structured and impossible to predict.

    Our station has embraced all platforms for delivering news. Not just twenty four hour television, radio and website, but apps for smartphones and a dedicated service for ipad.

    The expectation of what journalists should deliver on their story has multiplied. Our station demands the quality packaged news item. Live crosses on location throughout the day/night and bespoke content for the internet and ipad. Life on the road was never stress free, but todays demands are higher than ever.

    There is a potential ‘rational ignorance’ factor in modern journalism. When for correspondents and reporters the cost of educating themselves on an issue exceeds the potential benefit that the knowledge would provide. Normally applied to politics and economics, but fitting for today’s journalists. More like ‘A little knowledge is a dangerous thing’ than the hateful maxim ‘don’t let the facts stand in the way of a good story.’

    Citizen journalism or user generated content is a new competitor for News providers.
    We have to embrace it and bring something else to our viewers. For me that is good investigative journalism and credible presentation.

    Camera technology is not really the issue. I choose whatever camera best suits the job. DSLR video is a welcome addition and content will grow as DSLR video cameras improve recording codecs. Right now for news use ‘stills’ zoom lenses do not compete in flexibility with broadcast camera zooms. Certainly newspaper and website snappers will shoot video and frame grabs will be high enough resolution for stills.
    Right now I think newspapers are missing a video trick, which as they are my competition I’m happy about.

    Dan made the point good journalism is vital to society. I agree, but ratings are good for business and journalism costs money. In the race for ratings important topics should not be classed as ‘worthy but dull’. The challenge for journalists is to find devices in your story telling that viewers find compelling and engaging. Ten years ago news stories were often pictures with vaguely related words narrated on top. Now the best news packages are carefully structured to appeal to and inform the viewer from start to finish.

    That said the highest rating story I shot in the past twelve months was a documentary on Thai Ladyboys! It is hard to argue with the human mind! The fact is we are all curious and eager for news. Cats and kittens can be sponsored by pet food manufacturers and this website by camera suppliers. The dilemma is how a free press can pay its way!

    Best, Andy Portch (Cameraman Sky News Beijing)

  3. David Mercer Says:
    April 18th, 2012 at 11:46 am

    Thanks Dan et al for the interesting video discussion. And thanks Andy and Sam for the follow up comments here.

    It certainly is an interesting media landscape out there, even if we don’t know where it’s going. A bit unnerving but exciting all the same …

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