Chuck Fadely is asking people to submit examples of good newspaper video. It’s a noble task that so far has produced only a few examples. I submitted a couple of ideas via e-mail, but I didn’t submit any examples from the award-winning Bakersfield.com because I know Chuck would never accept those, even though there are some great examples of great news site video coming out of Bakersfield (and notice, I didn’t say just “newspaper video” — but news site video, because it’s the kind of video ALL news sites should be doing, whether newspaper, TV, radio or web only). And I didn’t submit any examples from the Ventura County Star, even though I know they produce video even Chuck would like, because their best video is too hard to find on the site. What I’m saying is, I did my part, are you doing yours? If not, submit examples to Chuck.The request from Chuck arose primarily because of comments by Lenslinger and others asking for examples of good newspaper video. It was a perfectly reasonable request. And it’s a great idea to extend a real dialogue, a dialogue we can all learn from, not just bicker.
But I think the knowledge exchange should go two ways, so here’s my request for the TV shooters: Where’s your examples of great online video? What have you done that we on the print-background side can learn from? I’m not talking about repurposed TV spots, but video shot specifically for the web with every bit of understanding that the web is different and demands a different voice, different pacing, different style?
I fully get that most TV shooters are outstanding at their craft. Nobody has ever disputed that. But the question I still have is, are they ready for the web?
Clearly, newspaper shooters have a lot to learn. Nobody disputes that. But I think newspaper video producers are getting a lot closer in spirit to getting the web than what I see from TV folks, which as far as I can tell is just repurposed TV video — even if it’s outtakes and extended quotes, it’s still TV video and not web video.
It’s March 12, 2007. What exists on the web right now that is an example of great web video shot by a TV shooter? I’d love to see it, as I’m sure many of my print-side colleagues would to see ti, because I’m sure we could learn from it.
I already know about Cyndy Green’s great piece on the cattle drive, so what else is there?