The VJ Registry


Can you see the future…….

In 1988 I quit a job at CBS News as a producer for Sunday Morning with Charles Kuralt, bought a small video camera and went to live in Jabalya, a Palestinian refugee camp in the Gaza Strip for a month. I wanted to see if it was possible to make television journalism the way print journalism was done – just a reporter with a pencil, but in this case, a video camera.

When I left Gaza, I came back to the US and sold two stories to The MacNeil/Lehrer Newshour for $50,000. The idea of being a ‘videojournalist’ was born.

Since then, the VJ concept has gone through a lot of iterations. The technology has gotten vastly better. The platforms for the content have expanded and now exploded with video online. Every day, more and more young journalists pick up the camera, grab the laptop and head off to report stories in video just the way young writers would have gone off in the 19th Century to be real correspondents in the age of print.

Over the past 18 years, I have met hundreds if not thousands of similarly minded folk.

What has always been lacking for the VJs is an organized way to earn a living. This is hardly surprising – it’s a new profession. When writers first arose after the invention of the printing press, there were neither publishing houses nor literary agents to represent them. That maturation would take hundreds of years. Today, things go a lot faster.

We have just closed on some major financing that will allow us to build an architecture online specifically for videojournalists, and those who would like to work in this way. We will be anouncing more on this in the next few days.

In the meantime, we are also building a registry of VJs around the world. We think this is the first of its kind. We have more than 750 working VJs registered so far, but we think its just the tip of the iceberg.

We are inviting you to register as well. It does not cost anything, but there is a growing demand for people who can shoot, cut and produce on their own; who have the gear and can deliver. We are a rising tide – the wave of the future. Now, for the first tim, we can join hands, share ideas, opinions, insights and work opportunities.

To register, just click on the link

and we will be in touch.


8 responses to “The VJ Registry

  1. what’s a camera like the one shown cost?


  2. I believe you are looking at a Sony PD170, which is already kind of archaic and you should be able to get for a few thousand dollars. If you are buying new I would suggest the Panasonic P2 HDV which is about 4700 or the Sony Z1, also HDV, except the P2 shoots on a card, not tape, about the same price.

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  5. Two questions:

    In 1988, what kind of “small video camera” produced broadcast-quality video?

    And what kind of “stories” were worth $25,000 apiece?

  6. SVHS and I don’t think it was ‘broadcast quality, but they took it.
    The two stories were each about 7 minute long. The first was the life of a family living in the Jabalya refugee camp. The second was about ID cards then being issued and the Erez Checkpoint.

  7. Heard about this VJ/Travel Channel Academy/digital college just today – Saturday April 12, 2008 but upon researching the web – it appears this is old news, last years dream. Will there be an organized effort to actually mentor us hungry students/artists/photo-journalists? Please let me know of any real time info on this endeavor. Thanks, have a great one!!

  8. Pat
    You tell me what you need to know, and i will be more than happy to help. Just ask.

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