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The Age of Mediocrity

Peter Shankman, in an op-ed for Mashable.com, discusses the rise of Rebecca Black in the age of YouTube. As this falls in with discussions about production quality, I felt this quote summed things up well. Welcome to the age of mediocrity, where anyone with a computer, a video camera, and a few thousand dollars for production can be considered the next big thing. But as sad as that is, what…

Tompkins Asks about Hollywood Defining Journalist Ethics

From: RTNDA Al Tompkins of The Poynter Institute looks into the code of ethics from RTNDA and NPPA after questions surface about the authenticity of scenes in Oscar front-runner “Waiting for ‘Superman.’” “The film is supposedly the true story of how our education system is failing our children. The film focuses on the Washington D.C. school system. A key scene in the documentary was Read more at RTNDA.org. View the…

TV Photog Job Openings Slowly Increasing?

I don’t know that you can consider b-roll.net an industry metric, but we are seeing a few more job listings submitted recently. About a year ago, when the economy was at rock bottom, we would go 2 or 3 months without a new listing. Now we have a decent sampling – with more added each week. Check out our listings at: http://b-roll.net/jobs/ Are companies expanding staffs? Or are they just…

Steve Hartman’s Ultimate WX Standup

When it comes to storytelling, Steve Hartman of CBS never fails to impress. He’s constantly finding new ways to inform, delight and entertain, while telling amazing stories. His recent CBS Evening News piece on HOT weather is a case in point. Check out the standup, around 1:15 in… This video even raised Katie Couric’s attention. She delves into it in her blog. When Steve was asked “How Did You Do…

Photography in Public Places: A Primer

From: Popular Mechanics We fight these battles every day. We want to get the images – and often someone doesn’t want those images acquired. It is normally someone in a uniform of a security or police service telling us to stop shooting. Depending on the necessity, we often have to shift between knocking out a few quick shots – and casually abidingĀ  by their unreasonable restrictions OR truly fighting for…

Finland ENG Truck is Well Stocked

From: RadioReference.com A photog in Finland decided to completely outfit is new Toyota Landcruiser for any eventuality. “I decided to buy a Toyota Land Cruiser and build everything I need into it. My SUV is equipped with live transmission capability for news broadcasts and a high speed internet access (2 Mbps while on the move, 12 Mbps when stationary) for sending files etc. I also installed a Victron Energy 1600W…

Denver news finds great demand, just not all on TV

From: Denver Post After a couple years of shrinking, Denver newsrooms are expanding again. Local news is “more wanted” than ever before, but not always on a TV screen. “More people are seeing content from local TV outlets than ever, most of it in short bursts and much of it away from the television screen. “The audience is not where it used to be,” said KUSA news director Patti Dennis….