Videojournalism is a new field that has grown out of traditional print photojournalism, slideshows that combine sound and pictures, public radio, documentary filmmaking and the best of television news features. This amalgam of traditions has emerged to serve the Internet's voracious appetite for video stories.
Videojournalism is written for the new generation of "backpack" journalists. The solo videojournalist must find a riveting story; gain access to charismatic characters who can tell their own tales; shoot candid clips; expertly interview the players; record clear, clean sound; write a script with pizzazz; and, finally, edit the material into a piece worthy of five minutes of a viewer's attention. Videojournalism addresses all of these challenges, and more - never losing sight of the main point: telling a great story.
This book, based on extensive interviews with professionals in the field, is for anyone learning how to master the art and craft of telling real short-form stories with words, sound and pictures for the Web or television. The opening chapters cover the foundations of multimedia storytelling, and the book progresses to the techniques required to shoot professional video, and record high quality sound and market the resulting product.
Videojournalism also has its own website - go to just one URL --http://kobreguide.com/content/videojournalism --and find all the stories mentioned in the book. You also will find various "how-to" videos on the site. To keep up with the latest changes in the field such as new cameras, new books, new stories or editing software, check the site regularly and "like" www.facebook.com/KobreGuide.
Professor Ken Kobré directs the video and photojournalism program at San Francisco State University. His book Photojournalism: The Professionals' Approach, published by Focal Press-Elsevier, has been the widest selling text on photojournalism in the world since 1980. It is now in its sixth edition.
Kobré is also co-author of the seventh and eighth editions of the classic basic textbook Photography, Prentice Hall, and author of How to Photograph Friends and Strangers, Curtin & London. His photographs of a young Russian immigrant have been published in a children's book, L'Chaim: The Story of a Russian Émigré Boy, Little Brown. He is also the inventor and patent holder of Professor Kobré's Lightscoop®, a device that bounces the light from the pop-up flash on SLR cameras (www.lightscoop.com). Kobré is the publisher of KobreGuide to the web's best videojournalism (www.KobreGuide.com).
Kobré has produced independent video documentaries including Deadline Every Second: On Assignment with 12 Associated Press Photographers, available on Amazon.com, Inside Sports Illustrated and Shooting Stars at the Cannes Film Festival.
"If you want to get into videojournalism, read this book. If you want to be a TV reporter, news video editor or shooter, read this book. If you are a video blogger or aspire to be one, read this book."
-Internet Video Magazine, www.internetvideomag.com
Introduction: What is Videojournalism? Telling Stories; Finding and Evaluating a Story; Successful Story Topics; Producing a Story; Camera Basics; Camera Exposure and Handling; Light and Color; Recording Sound; Combining Audio and Stills; Shooting a Sequence; Conducting an Interview; Writing a Script; Editing; Ethics; Law; Marketing a Story