One of our instructors here at The Travel Channel Academy is Bill Gentile.
I first met Bill in 1993, when we were training out very first group of VJs.
Bill was a photojournalist for Newsweek, who had cut his teeth in Central America.
One of his best friends was shot dead next to him in Salvador, while they were working.
It was no easy job.
This is a real videojournalist. A real working journalist, whose career has taken him to war zones and hot spots all over the world with this camera and little else. This is not a cameraman shooting industrials off a tripod or some part timer picking up work at local TV stations. This is real.
Go to his site. Take a look at his work. See what real videojournalism is all about.
Bill took to the VJ model immediately, and began to combine his photojournalism and video journalism.
In 1998, he won a national Emmy for Cinematograpy for Trauma, Life in the ER, a series we produced for TLC. The show as produced by Pam Yates and shot by Bill, along with Susan Meiseles, a Magnum photographer we took into video and Alan Deutsch.
Today, Bill is a documentary filmmaker, as well as teaching at American University.
All of his work is done ‘VJ’ style, and his work has appeared on Nightline, ABC News, Frontline and lots of other places.
Above, and out-take from his most recently completed documentary – shot over 6 months in Afghanistan.
And today, of course, he’s teaching our students at The Travel Channel Academy. You don’t get this kind of instruction every day.