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the Video-Journalist and the restoration of a profession
There's no denying its a time of enormous change for all sectors of the media industry - both technological and cultural - invariably one driven by the other. For many of these changes it's easy to play agnostic fence sitter and simply say they are natural evolution of form that is inevitable - neither good nor bad, just change. Many people, my self included, very often get excited by change almost just because its different. Different keeps things interesting, not necessarily better, but always interesting. But there are other shifts in process, technology, perception or culture that I come across that go beyond being natural evolution and become much more imperative; much more important.
This brief article, entitled 'New Media Clashes With Old', touches on a discussion/debate that took place at NAB07 where more forward thinking TV news, current affairs and broadcast content producers were extolling the virtues of the Video-Journalist; the independent news gather, reporter, camera op and editor. The self contained on-man band Journalist.