Video Stories Major Metro Newspapers Can And Should Do

This is a simple but effective video story by photojournalist Brent Foster for Time Magazine.
The Real Slum of \'Slumdog\'
Another example of what newspaper photoJOURNALISTS can and should be doing.

Chuck Fadley makes a similar point, using a PBS documentary as an example. This is what he says:
“I just watched Frontline’s “Inside the Meltdown” on PBS. Watch it. Frontline\'s \"Inside the Meltdown\" It’s a graduate course in storytelling; it’s an incredibly powerful story; it’s timely; and has incredible production values. (And it uses stills to great effect.)

“This is an absolutely gripping doc on the financial crisis, put together by producer Michael Kirk. You can watch it online. There’s also a ‘behind the scenes’ clip with Kirk here: \"Inside Frontline: The Making of…\"

Kirk put this hour together in 20 weeks. It uses material from the backyards of NYTimes, the WSJ, and the Post, any one of which could have done this story. In fact, the backbone of the narrative is structured on interviews with reporters from the Times and WSJ.

This is the kind of story telling that major metro papers could and should be doing, but are not.

Folks, we need to step up to the plate.”

Indeed!

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About Phil Carpenter

Hi all. I'm a newspaper photo/video journalist at The Gazette in Montréal, Canada, and I'm just reviving my film making skills from my university days, for the online version of our paper. It's been 13years since I began shooting professionally, four years at The Gazette, and a year since I've begun shooting and producing video stories and documentary shorts. I'm enjoying it immensely. In addition I have taught photojournalism at Concordia University's school of journalism, been a guest lecturer and panelist on classes and workshops on photo and multi media journalism. View all posts by Phil Carpenter

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