Video ‘in’ a newspaper? Why not?
In 1990, I ran a VJ training bootcamp in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
One of the participants was the Voice of American Bureau Chief for Kabul, Afghanistan – Scott Anger.
He had been a radio journalist and made the conversion to video.
He made the conversion so well, that he went on to shoot and later produce several award winning full-length documentaries for Nightline.
Now, he has been hired by The Los Angeles Times to head up a new Videojournalist department for the newspaper.
Like The New York Times and The Washington Post, along with The Guardian, the paper is rapidly moving into the world of online video reporting.
And why not. The job of that paper, or any paper, is to go out into the community, gather stories and bring them to people. No one says it has to be in text. And as the web gets better and better at carrying video, why shouldn’t the newspaper carry video as well. And who, in their right minds, would hire crews to shoot the video for the paper?
But newspapers, (who felt the impact of the web long before television, which is just beginning to feel its icy grip), are moving far faster than local TV to embrace video online. Because for newspapers, adaptation is a matter of life and death. Local news will soon find itself in competition with a very experienced news gatherer now working in the realm of video. And online users of the service won’t have to wait until 6PM to get the stories.
So good luck Scott.
Los Angeles isn’t Kabul.
But it’s close.