Now that we have institutionalized Backpack Documentary as a permanent offering at American University's School of Communication (SOC), we are broadening our effort to make our program THE place in the country to study and to practice this methodology. Previously an "experimental" class, Backpack Documentary now is a standard, regular component of the SOC's offerings.
Backpack Documentary is a key component of the broader Backpack Journalism Project at American University’s School of Communication.
The SOC has purchased 10 new Panasonic AG-HMC150 cameras available to students in my new class of 17 students, graduate and under-graduate, who are eager to include Backpack Documentary skills in their repertoire acquired at American University. We'll be posting examples of work students generate throughout the course. We'll also be posting information on guest speakers visiting our class.
Scheduled for release later this month is a report on the viability of the new DSLR cameras, what they bring (and don't bring) to the craft. The report, with related still images and video, is part of our effort to address best practices associated with this methodology. The report is being written and compiled by Graduate Student Ted Roach and Professor Larry Engel.
Finally, I am in the process of building an online version of Backpack Documentary, which I will offer this summer.