Doing video, doing down designers and ducks.

What feels like a very busy few weeks has kept me off the blogging (and feed reading radar). So in that braindump kind of way, here is what caught my interest before I had to bite the bullet and press the ‘mark all as read’ button.

Colin Mulvany asks ‘do you have a video strategy’ and in a thoughtful post turns it in to a personal question. Reflecting on how he plans to take The Spokesman-Review forward with video he creates a nice reflection on how a strategy can develop. If you want more behind the scenes stuff then have a look at a video, hosted at the  Associated Press Photo Managers Association, of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s video process. Interesting stuff

Mulvany starts his post with his thoughts on Howard Owens’ strategy for video and the man himself has been busy. He’s set up a new search engine., a vertical search engine for media professionals”. Along with Ryan Sholin’s Wired Journalists community, this just adds to number of rEsources out there. There is no excuse to get in to the digital culture. And yes you can learn how to be part of the culture.

Of course anything on Howards blog is worth a read even if it’s just to get your blood boiling for the day. It’s like a daily dose of the journalism equivalent of Gunnery Sergeant Hartman in Full Metal jacket… this is my p&s camera. There are many like it….

As a result of that robust debate, Howard has picked up a troll. On his post about the wired journalists site one Wenalway features large. Very interesting ‘anti-design’ stance from Robert Knilands and it’s nice to see someone have the courage of their convictions by having absolutely no design on his site at all. Rendering most of it unreadable.

But I digress. Howard has been posting quite a bit on developing the role of a journalist. What a journalist needs to get the job done. It’s good stuff, especially when some journos are wondering how they are going to fit it in. Micheal Rosenblum neatly sidesteps the dumbing down defense, neatly advertises his service (well it’s his blog) and claims that all newspapers are moving in to the VJ arena as he answers the concerns of one journalist on the newspaper video list. Its a sensible response to an oft expressed fear but surely  we are all stepping in to online video territory; VJ’s too?

But if you are VJ or NJ or OJ or…whatever doing video then Visible Measures may be interesting. I’m sure there are people out there doing the same stuff but this sets up a good benchmark of the kind of things you could do.

Oh and if identity is something that is vexing you then perhaps Steve Klein’s musings on ‘web people’ over at Poynter may strike a chord. (that’s where the duck comes in)

But perhaps the web is the wrong platform. Perhaps Mobile is where we need to be. Matt Buckland has an interesting take on this with a post about mobile and monopolies in Japan.

And thats enough I think. Of course there is loads of interesting stuff I’ve missed but you’ve probably already read it. So next time, instead of leaving it so long, perhaps I should just hubdub and get ahead of myself

9 Replies to “Doing video, doing down designers and ducks.”

  1. …having absolutely no design on his site at all. Rendering most of it unreadable.

    I agree with you on this statement Andy – I am a web designer in addition to shooting video and working with audio and his site breaks most of the rules of usability.

    …perhaps the web is the wrong platform. Perhaps Mobile is where we need to be.

    This is an interesting arena to look at. There isn’t much in the way of mobile broadband outside of the larger metro areas, and yet, there are millions of these devices being used everyday. I think the challenge is two fold – cellular broadband access and screen real estate – who really wants to watch video on a 160x120px screen? I have done some web design for Windows Mobile devices and the challenges for designing sites are difficult enough, let alone viewing video on these devices.

    For video to be watchable, IMO, the screen size needs to be a minimum of 320×240 in order for the viewer to feel like they are engaged in what they are viewing. The only place I have seen this to date is on devices like Windows mobile devices and devices like Apple’s iTouch and iPhone.

    Until these two issues are addressed more, I think video on mobile devices will be a VERY small segment of distributed VJ content.

    My $0.02 worth.

    Cliff Etzel – Solo Video Journalist

  2. Hi CLiff

    I agree video on mobile won’t be an easy sell. As well as size, the different formats etc will mean that we wait a while before we have the kindof buy in that we are seeing on flash for video on the web.

    I think Paul Bradshaw hit the nail on the head in his latest digital newsroom post. He makes the point that search advirtising is not like any other kind and has to be approached differently. Same deal with mobile. MSM will have to work hard to shift their way of thinking to get the most out of mobile.

  3. Yeah, that rest of that needs to be said, though, so it found its way over to the Wenalway site.

    And funny how the literate people like writers and editors have no issues with the site, but designers can’t seem to figure it out.

  4. Andy, the only thing more pathetic than the look of the Wenalway site is one guy posting to himself 3,500 times because nobody else cares to speak to him.

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