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The Solo Video Journalist
Doing It All and Doing It Well in TV Multimedia Journalism

ISBN 9781138657328
Published October 17, 2016 by Routledge
170 Pages

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Book Description

It is becoming increasingly important for television reporters to be proficient in many, if not all, of the steps in production. The Solo Video Journalist will make handling all these responsibilities seem possible, and do so from the hands-on perspective of a current reporter with years of experience as a multimedia journalist. This book will cover all aspects of multimedia journalism, from planning for a segment, to dressing appropriately for one’s multiple roles, to conducting interviews and editing.

The instruction and guidance in this text will help make readers valuable players in their field, and it is filled with real-world examples and advice from current professionals. Whether it be college students learning from the ground up or journalists early in their careers, The Solo Video Journalist ensures they will have all the materials they need to be successful multimedia journalists.

Table of Contents


Part I: Before the Story

Chapter 1: Planning Your Day

Chapter 2: Dressing the Part

Chapter 3: Gearing Up

Part II: In the Field

Chapter 4: Shooting an Interview

Chapter 5: Getting Your Video

Chapter 6: Recording a Stand-Up

Part III: Putting it All Together

Chapter 7: Logging and Writing

Chapter 8: Editing the Final Product

Part IV: Wrapping It Up

Chapter 9: Working the Web

Chapter 10: Getting Better




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Matt Pearl has worked in local television news for more than a decade and is regarded as one of the top multimedia journalists in the country. He received his degree at Northwestern University with a B.S. In Journalism and has since gone on to win numerous awards for his work, including a number of regional Emmys. Currently, he is a news reporter for WXIA-TV in Atlanta, Georgia, a position he has held since 2009. He has worked at various news stations and spoken at conferences about being a multimedia journalist. He has been named multiple times the national Solo Video Journalist of the Year by the National Press Photographers Association (NPPA).


"What Matt Pearl does on a daily basis as Solo Video Journalist is difficult on many, many levels.  However, this book strips each level down to its roots and makes learning his craft very easy to understand.  It’s inspirational.  This needs to be the first textbook for any aspiring television news journalist. Then we veterans need to pick it up whenever we feel we’re missing a step or two."

- Joe Little, Solo Video Journalist, KGTV, San Diego