OK, so we all know I’m a believer in low-cost, lo-fi video journalism. Sure, spend more if you can, but I see a lot of value in quickie, easy and inexpensive. I like it most for reporters as a supplement to their text reporting, but I also see value in using point-and-shoot for video-specific uses. This philosophy continues to draw fire from critics, but I still believe.
My original inspiration for this approach is Knoxnews.com and Random This. Jack Lail and his crew created P&S journalism.
I consider it both a validation of this approach and well deserved recognition for a pioneering effort that Random This won a Digital Edge award last night.
In other Edgie news. Bakersfield.com did not win in its category, which I found utterly disappointing (Rob Curley’s NaplesNews.com won). Steve Yelington, a true pioneer and one of my mentors in a manner of speaking since my earliest days online, won the Innovator of the Year award. I’m very happy for him.
Here’s a fun picture from last night — Me with Steve Dana and John Kunze. Steve was my boss in Ventura. I hired John in Ventura and he eventually replaced me, so you have three generations of VCS new media/digital directors.
UPDATE: Here’s a complete list of winners.Â Congratulations to all.