Much hysteria on the blogosphere of late as first WUSA in Washington, DC and then yesterday KPIX in San Francisco announce that they are going VJ.
The quality! The quality!
The quality will suffer!!!
Viewers will leave in droves because without a professional cameraman, the quality will deteriorate.
As if this were a given.
I have spent a good deal of time this week screening the finalists for the Concentra Prize for Videojournalism. $15,000 to the winner, and a breaking news winner as well.
We had several hundred entries from all over the world.
Now we are down to the final 50 or so, and I am still screening.
Above, one of the local entries, from John Munson from the Newark Star Ledger. Munson was a still photographer who picked up a video camera.
Take a look.
Do you really think the quality has suffered?
Does this look like Youtube?
Does this look like he really would benefit from having a camerman accompany him? How about a reporter?
The day of the two man team is rapidlly drawing to a close.
But ‘quality’ does not seem to be suffering too much from what I can see.
in fact, as with the coming of the Leica and 35mm film to photojournalism, I think we are in fact at the beginning of a much more interesting period for television and video journalism.