An example of a self-motivated journalist

One of our reporters, Erin Smith, in Cambridge, Mass., has produced a three-part series about local police officers. Part one went up today.

It’s interesting to me to read some of the responses to my MBO offer about reporters these days being too overworked to learn this new fangled online stuff, or what a miserly offer my $100 is for all that work … and here’s Erin, quite on her own, on a small-paper staff, going out and producing a three-part series, with a self-shot and self-edited video.

Internal motivation is what makes great journalism careers, so I’m sure Erin has a bright future.

Here’s the video. And I think it’s worth noting that it was shot with a Casio.

I love the community journalism aspect to this package — getting personal with the local police officers, talking about what they deal with everyday, and getting their own names, faces and voices out there for the community … “Behind the Badge” is an appropriate title for the video.

3 thoughts on “An example of a self-motivated journalist

  1. Thanks for linking to my video project. Does that mean I don’t get the $100? I could sure use the money if you’re handing it out.

  2. Great job…and very very nice that a tripod was used most of the time…I was able to focus on the interview.
    It’s interesting to me that my beginning broadcasting students are doing what Erin has done – very little if any writing or narration. They use titles to convey information and stack the interviews in logical sequence. Kind of piecing together a puzzle. Another model of web news video.

  3. The YouTube video is no longer available – shows ‘removed by user’. It’s a shame, I love seeing what’s possible using the video feature of a handheld point-and-shoot digital camera.

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