Catch up post: Tripods, multimedia and more

As I said yesterday, it’s been busy at Dickinson mansions so I’m catching up on reading as much as anything else at the moment. Here is some of what has caught my eye: (cue Journerdism style long post)
Vlogs

Ian Reeves continues to entertain with his Vlog on all things video journalism

More cams on the street

Howard Owens posted about his companies video roll-out. I look forward to seeing the fruits of that one but a comment by Tish Gier that “There’s interesting things going on in the UK, but some is, perhaps, an over-reaction and a tad neurotic….” raised my eyebrow a little. Interesting, yes. Neurotic, I’m not sure how. Maybe she means that we aren’t doing the all out beating of chests and hand wringing that oranisations in the states are doing. Who knows.

Tripod’s – use ’em if you got ’em

The newspaper video group is usually gripped by one or two ‘for and against’ style arguments at any one time and one of the current ones is about the use of tripods. It was kicked off by Michael Rosenblum who continues the thread on his blog. It’s clear from his post that rather than having a pop at tripods, which he concedes are one of those things to be used when appropriate, he is saying that tripods represent a TV structure. For Rosenblum, hand-held represents a photographic approach and Rosenblum believes that this is inherently superior.

Despite the fact that it is largely a visual medium, television has not entered the realm of art and power of image that photojournalism carved out for itself. Despite airing 24 hours a day on hundreds of channels globally for half a century, we have no Capa of television journalism, no Cartier Bresson, no Sebastao Salgado.

That is a tragedy.

As newspapers move into online video, they can embrace the traditions of photojournalism – or they can embrace the traditions of television.

Let us hope they move toward the former….

Let us hope they do neither Micheal. Aligning the use of tripods with a fundamentalist view of what video on the web should be is a pretty shaky premise. If only photography where that clear cut. Let online video develop and don’t confuse technology and technique. Or do we need to restart the debate about b+w vs. colour or film Vs. digital for stills shooters?

Angela Grant takes Micheal to task over his idealogical objections and generates some interesting comments in the meantime. Jim Long picks up from a TV camera point of view and Cyndy Green also has a nice post about tripods, picking up on what was said on the list
Multimedia writing

In other parts of the web, I came across a very interesting site from Dave Brewer. Once of BBC news, then of CNN and now a media consultant. Amongst the interesting stuff on his pages is a MultiPlatform authoring tutorial. It would take a while to explain so go and have a go.

A lot of Dave’s work seems to be in helping establish media skills in emerging democracies and in a similar vein Dave is also involved in a site called Media Helping Media :

Media Helping Media (MHM) has been set up to provide a platform for those involved in establishing independent media in transition states, post-conflict countries and areas where freedom of expression and media freedom is under threat.

Well worth a look.

It was set up in conjunction with a guy called Bob Eggington. Amongst other stuff Bob helped set up BBC news online. He was also the external adviser on our MA Online Journalism for a number of years. A thoroughly decent fella he was too. In that freaky way that the web seems to work Bob is in the chair for the 6th Journalism Leaders Forum at the University.

Radio and Multimedia

Mike Mullane at Multimediameetsradio continues to ponder how all this new media impacts on Radio with his 10 ideas for a successful multimedia strategy

Student Blog

Last but not least a heads up to Megan Taylor who popped up in my technorati list the other day. Megan has a great site which is an example of how trainee journalists are embracing this stuff in a thoughtful and exciting way.