Rachel Daddieh knew nothing about video journalism before today’s video session. “This is my first time dealing with video journalism. I know how to turn on a camera, but there is more technique than I thought there was,” said Daddieh.
From shooting at three different angles to framing the perfect shot, to asking the tough questions on video, John Gibson, video coordinator, covered the most important video journalism techniques in his session with the workshop students Tuesday.
During his lecture, Gibson stressed the importance of video journalism, especially when most news is online, where videos are more likely to be clicked than an article read.
“I thought today went really, really well in terms of laying the groundwork for a good video story,” said Gibson. “So being able to talk about context, structure, the different points of interest in story or shot.”
“What I particularly liked was that we got to watch a couple of news stories and break them down and how they were structured. The students were pretty into it,” said Gibson.
Camp mentor, Brian Murray, an electronic media and broadcasting major, recently filmed a documentary on a study abroad trip in Sri Lanka.
“I believe video is important to journalism due to the visual nature of the media. Video allows the story to unfold in a more personable way. You feel like you’re there, and because you feel like you’re there you feel more invested in the story,” said Murray.
Students were able to use cameras, provided by NKU to go out and practice shooting interviews prior to Wednesday’s video projects, which will be published online.
Prior to the workshop, Charlie Goldsmith, a junior from The Seven Hills High School, has concentrated on sports writing.
“I didn’t have any experience on the video side,” he said. “Writing is a passion of mine, specifically related to sports.”
He even publishes a sports blog. After learning camera techniques, he plans to add some video footage to his blog.
“Especially in the journalism fields now-a-days, I’m going to be responsible for taking video, taking pictures, and editing these videos,” Goldsmith said. “It’s these skills that I am able to build upon to add to my writing.”
On Wednesday, June 17, the campers will take what they learned today and go out and do video interviews with musicians at a string camp for elementary and middle school students, workers at the campus anthropology museum, scientists at the campus rain garden, young artists learning to cartoon and middle schoolers at a robotics camp.