Guardian video tips: Not as easy as you lot think

A very nice post by Guardian Reporter Bobbie Johnson, about the reality of multimedia reporting based on his experiences at CES. (via Martin Stabe and Complete Tosh)

All this talk of multimedia journalism that we indulge in is well and good, but it’s often spoken about in theory rather than in practice. From our high-level newsroom posts or our lofty academic tenures, we can dispatch.

Ouch. I hope most of the stuff being dispatched from the ivory towers is a little more practical. But it does highlight the reality gap we know exists out there.

For Bobbies part he offers a few really useful practical things to consider.

  • Planning is everything:
  • Video is both hard and time consuming
  • Audio and stills are easier to integrate into your work:
  • You cannot afford technical failure:
  • Make sure you know your priorities:

Despite his missgivings, the video is pretty good, and a welcome move towards the kind of content the Guardian should be experimenting with.