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
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