Video: What is Video Journalism?
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Last night, Sandbox at the British Film Institute saw the beginning on something very interesting: an eclectic mix of film-makers, online journalists, bloggers, students, foreign correspondents, lecturers and editors gathered to discuss - and, as it turned out, have a number of heated arguments about - video journalism.
The idea was to start a conversation about what makes good video journalism and, more precisely, to try to establish what video journalism is. It sounds a very simple question - but the first five people I spoke to had very clear definitions and they all differed widely.
Does video journalism work best in news, documentaries, long-form programmes or online? Can video journalists work in teams, or are they better off working alone? Is video journalism observational or reporter-led?
This event was the first in a whole series of discussions we're planning. There'll include workshops, critiques, show-and-tell sessions and keynote speeches. Keep an eye on the BBC College of Journalism website for details.