Author Archives: G. Stuart Smith

What an evolution!

Boy howdy, how things have changed.  I recently wrote an article on the evolution of using cameras in the courtroom for the RTDNA Daily Communicator.   I signed off with the fact that I had first used a 16mm film camera … Continue reading

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BIG camera videojournalism with a small camera

As video cameras have gotten smaller, lighter and cheaper, it’s now possible to do full-featured video packages with smartphones such as the iPhone.  I showed attendees at the Excellence in Journalism convention some of the trials and tribulations of doing … Continue reading

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Surprise!!!

Award-winning KARE-11 TV reporter Boyd Huppert was back at the Excellence in Journalism convention again this year, giving his audience tips on video storytelling.  In this video he describes how storytellers should let viewers discover surprises, not by telling them, … Continue reading

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“Mic a dog”

At the Video Storytelling Bootcamp at the Excellence in Journalism Convention in Fort Lauderdale, CBS photojournalist, Les Rose, talked about the importance of sound.  Using the idea of “mic a dog,” he said put a microphone on anything that is … Continue reading

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The rise of VJs continues

The 2012 RTDNA/Hofstra survey by my colleague, Bob Papper, shows that the number of TV stations mostly using or using some OMB (one-man bands) is nearly 70 percent.  When Bob started the survey in 2008, it was just under 50 percent.  … Continue reading

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Law and ethics discussion on videotaping

On the Media, the program about media topics broadcast by New York public radio WNYC, tackled a couple of interesting topics related to news videographers in its June 17th pr0gram.  With so many confrontations between news photographers and the police, … Continue reading

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Moonves says embrace risk and uncertainty

CBS president Les Moonves told Hofstra University graduates the key to success is to be flexible in life–in other words, be able to “turn on a dime.”  I shot the video with an iPhone and edited it with Voddio.  Note one drawback … Continue reading

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The rise of solo videojournalists

My Hofstra University colleague, Bob Papper, surveys the broadcast news industry for the Radio Television Digital News Association.  He has been asking news directors for four years whether they use one-man bands.  The rise in the usage has been remarkable.  … Continue reading

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Is smaller better?

I upgraded my cellphone to iPhone a few months ago.  I’ve been playing with the video functions.  I recently shot a story with the phone and edited it with the Voddio app from Vericorder Technologies.  I learned the editing process … Continue reading

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The best camera…

…is the one you have with you.  On vacation in Belize I shot video of a whirlwind forming over the ocean that swept past a small island and our sailboat.  I shot it with my Panasonic Lumix, a camera waterproof … Continue reading

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