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31 03 2011

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4G auction means a step closer to quicker uploads

31 03 2011

Ofcom has announced that the 4G auction, is expected to start in the first few months 2012.

4G capability should enable mobile networks to provide connections that are approximately 25 times faster than the average home broadband connection. The 4G auction is expected to be the largest ever, with Ofcom aiming to sell the equivalent of three quarters of the mobile network spectrum in use today.

For video journalists, the prospect of 4G means quicker uploads, so breaking news stories can be disseminated to the public almost instantly.  In theory, this means that you will be able to break a story faster than the news wire, which is pretty exciting stuff.

The competition lies between the main mobile network operators: Vodafone, O2, Three and Everything Everywhere), Ofcom plans to auction off the 4G network in five parts and limit the amount of bandwidth spectrum (Spectrum refers to the airwaves over which support wireless communication) any one bidder can win.

The UK, still on 3G, is behind the US, Sweden and Germany, who have already started using 4G.

Sarah Stewart





Recruiting Citizen Journalists

30 03 2011

I have just got back from citizen journalism workshop at the Crisis Skylight educational project in Aldgate, London on Tuesday 30th March.

In the workshop I taught basic journalism craft skills to a small group of people who use the project. The idea is that we will research a story over the next two days and bring it back on Friday for a ‘press day’ workshop where we will create, with the help of Jamie Thunder – another MA investigative- a ‘newsy’ group blog called the Daily Gorgon.

So what is citizen journalism? For a start British people are subgects, not citizens, so the title is a bit of a misnomer. However, for me it means ‘journalism from below’ as opposed to journalism from the giddy heights of the mass media industry.

This doesn’t mean that journalism craft skills, media law and ethics, and the motive of an enquiry into the truth do not translate to citizen journalism and this was what my workshops are trying to encourage.

Citizen journalists tend to have an advantage over proffessionals who have to work to an editorial and commercial agenda set by the organisation that employs them. The public know this, and this is one of the reasons why professional journalists find it hard to gain the trust of their sources and subjects. Their advantage, of course, is access to a wide audience/readership through the mass media organisation that they are working for.

Two of the Daily Gorgon group are covering a story that I commissioned. On Thursday the Choir With No Name – a choir made up of homeless and ex-homeless people – will be doing a gig in Shoreditch to celebrate their third birthday. I got press passes for two citizen journalists from the Daily Gorgon who are going to write it up as a news blog. I will also be going to get some flip footage for both WVJ and the Daily Gorgon.

The Choir With No Name in action- courtesy of the Choir With No Name.

Hopefully the Daily Gorgon will survive the end of the two workshops and some of the group will continue to write for it, and the next series of workshops in the summer will recruit more citizen journalists. I will use WVJ to help expand the skill base of the Daily Gorgon so that we are a multi-media site. This will take commitment from both myself and the Daily Gorgon journalists.

Like all the best citizen journalism – It will be a labour of Love!

By Mike Doherty





Dates for your 2012 Diary!

29 03 2011

It’s never too early to start preparing mentally for the next broadcasting expo! It begins in Earls Court on the 14th Feb 2012 and lasts for two days. So if you’re the kind of person who would struggle to pick between an evening at the movies watching a rom com on Valentine’s day or an evening with the ENPS Mobile Suite, this event is for you.

It is such a worthwhile opportunity to experience the latest in broadcasting techniques and technology. It is also visited by influential industry professionals, so it’s the perfect opportunity to network.

The Broadcast Expo this year was held in Earls Court over three days from the 15th to the 17th of March. It was packed full of free master classes, new product launches and demonstrations. It was split in to two areas the Broadcast Video Expo and The Production Show.

The Broadcast show focused on a range of new technologies ranging from HTML5 and video blogging, to the launch of the new Avid Suite, cameras and audio equipment. There were a wide range of talks given by industry experts as well as live demonstrations.

The Production Show focused more on the production of broadcast. With talks from location managers, film agencies and production managers it gave a great introduction to anyone wanting to break in to the industry as well as helping answer issues that arise from many broadcasts.

You should definitely check out the website, and read the attendee’s comments. One of which is posted below:

“It’s a very important show for me because it’s the only UK based broadcast show. It’s definitely the place to come to share ideas and innovations. I’ve seen the show grow over the years and I think I’d put it into the ‘Brilliant’ market now, because it certainly has grown and grown and is good for many different things.” Steve Teague, ITV Group, Head of News

For more information, click here.

Sarah Stewart





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Help from the professionals…

28 03 2011

The great thing about video journalism is that you don’t need to be especially technically minded to get started. Here’s a really great link to a page put together by Sally Webb, a producer, director and tutor at both The National Film and Television School and City University. This page takes the basic ideas a novice video journalist has and refines them. One of the most difficult things to tackle when producing a piece of video journalism is organisation. You might have a billion bright ideas for what you want to say to your audience in sound and images, but unless you are clear, ordered and timely with your delivery, your viewer might get confused and the message you’re trying to convey might get lost.

Sarah Stewart





Is video killing self-regulation in the press?

7 03 2011

By Richard Dodwell

Interesting article looking at the future of internet regulation, specifically targeting audiovisual content :

http://www.guardian.co.uk/law/2011/mar/07/video-self-regulation-press