If you don’t know Dan Kennedy, you should. He’s a former media critic and current journalism professor in the Boston area.
He runs a great blog called Media Nation. Mostly, he blogs about New England politics and civic affairs, but he also covers local media.
Today, he did a post about a GateHouse Media reporter, Cathryn Keefe O’Hare.
He tagged along with this modern journalist as she covered an MLK-day event. She took notes, shot video and stills with her Casio, and posted story and video to her site.
Is it a great video? No. Does it help get names and faces online? Yes. Does it help provide some context to the story? Of course. In other words, it does its job.
“The thing that remains true, whether it’s in print journalism or the Internet or video, you have to tell a story,” says O’Hare. “And you have to tell it as true as you can make it. And you have to try to speak for those people who can’t tell their story.”
The modern journalist just gets the job done.
And, most importantly, learns along the way.