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Welcome from Project Director Bill Gentile

The Backpack Journalism Project at American University is mapping the landscape of emerging techniques and technologies for visual storytellers and educating the next generation of video journalists in the spirit and tradition of photojournalism and documentary filmmaking. By promoting the highest standards and showcasing best practices, this website will be a dynamic forum on how to train, equip and inspire backpack videomakers.  

We invite you to share your work, experiences and insights to help define and advance the field we are shaping together.

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Gentile in Time Magazine

SOC BPJ photography magazine cuba

Professor Bill Gentile produced a video piece for Time Magazine, while in Cuba with AU Abroad students, using the same "backpack journalism" methodology that he introduced in SOC in 2007 and that is branded and embodied in the Backpack Journalism Project.

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