Six Weeks Yield Great Projects from Solo Journalists
Interactive Journalism MA students in Backpack Video Journalism (Comm-632) spent six weeks learning the video and audio skills of a solo-journalist (sojo).
Working with Panasonic HMC-40 tapeless HD camcorders, tripods, and two microphones, students first practiced with 30-second news pieces before producing projects 3-7 minutes long. They also learned Final Cut Pro X as well as visual storytelling structure and techniques.
Professor Larry Engel commended the work of the students, who are graduating in 2014. "The cohort hit the ground running, with cameras in hand, and never stopped. Their work shows dedication to the profession, to learning, and to pushing their limits. In six short weeks, they succeeded in producing some really great pieces." Some of those videos are listed below.