Video Journalism Courses…money well spent?

29 03 2011

New York magazine has announced that it will unite with  partnered with video Rosenblum TV journalism training and consulting company to launch its Video Academy, offering a course to aspiring video journalists in the US.

At $995 (£621.53) it’s not a cheap weekend’s training, but following the success of other video academies established in the city by Rosenblum TV founder Michael Rosenblum, students will be able to study with filmmaking and video production experts.  The final video projects produced will be showcased on nymag.com.

London offers a similar training course for video journalists. The Frontline Club promote a 5 day course in Final Cut Pro for £735 with a discounted rate for freelancers at £580.

Neither the Frontline Club nor the Rosenblum TV weekend training school offer a formal qualification at the end, so we’re left to wonder if an aspiring video journalist, with access to even the most basic filming equipment, could manange to gain the skills necessary to create and distribute a high quality piece of video journalism without shelling out a month’s rent.

We think it’s possible. It’s always nice to have someone in the industry to guide you along and point out the pitfalls and perils of video journalism, but it IS possible to go it alone, especially  in the face of areas we’ve run into difficulty with. For example, getting to grips with Final Cut Pro- there is some amazingly clear advice out there. Well, here, actually.

Sarah Stewart

Advertisements