ABC News Is a Video Hot Spot

October 22, 2010 § Leave a comment is making great use of the internet and its ability to produce multimedia journalism.  The site has taken full advantage of video as a way to tell a story.

First of all, the site’s homepage features a watch video section that scrolls along the top of the page.  It displays the most recent and most talked about video clips.

After you click on a video from the zipper-like line, you are directed to the site’s video page.  Here its easy to find a variety of videos on topics that vary from health to world news.

One of the most useful features in the video section is the “Most Popular” tab. This provides the user with about 15 of the most viewed and most notable recent stories.  One story I found to be particularly compelling due to its visual nature was on the “Person of the Week”

Check it out






CNN doing what they do best

October 20, 2010 § Leave a comment

CNN, being a broadcast news company, is no stranger to video news and doing it well, but this video’s a bit of a half-hearted effort on their part. The majority of the video is an anchor just talking at the screen, explaining the situation with very few images to back up the actual story. The minds behind CNN probably predicted this, so they embedded the video above a related news story.

Here’s where it’s actually sort of genius– you probably won’t be sticking around to watch the entire video, it’s kind of boring. You would probably end up surfing the rest of the site or reading the article while letting the audio play in the background. You’ll absorb the information two ways instead of one, even though one is probably on the backburner.

I don’t know about you guys, but I’ve ignored a video while only occasionally paying attention to the sound before, then heard something interesting and went back to watch that section. In a case like this, nat-sound and supporting background video would just be distracting. This isn’t a video that can stand on its own, but add an article (which you can choose to read or not, otherwise it functions more like a radio piece), and it’s the perfect kind of medium for online news.

You could argue that an embedded audio file would work better in that case, but I never click on audio embeds– do you? It takes a while to load and you can’t always adjust the volume. With a video, even if you don’t watch it, you’ve got more incentive to click.

Getting more people to click. That’s what the internet is all about, and learning to exploit that is something we’ve all gotta do eventually.

ABC News Marks the Spot!

October 20, 2010 § Leave a comment

ABC news website is a marker for video news search.  There are videos on breaking and political news at the along the top of the page, indicated by WATCH signand the choices are endless.  From the recent Chilean miners’ rescue to the American killed by Mexican pirates.  Watch!

The top news story of the day has the video posted on the side.  The latest headlines includes a herald of titles with WATCH appearing next to it.  It captures the readers, or in this case the viewers, attention.  Once the video is clicked you’re redirected to a page where it feels like you’re in a theatre, the entire background is dark and you’re counting down to the feature.

I’m impressed about all the videos posted during this election season. ABC news is practically at every trail recording the candidates speeches at every state.  Now all it needs is to link local news with videos once we click on a particular state.

ABC world news also features the future news from China.  The days are being counted when they are bringing the news home, with live broadcast from Diane Sawyer.

By far, the most genius part is having the  video calender, which shows a mass of news videos for each day of the week.  It’s accessible and it’s something everyone should have.


Video Journalism: E60

October 20, 2010 § Leave a comment

ESPN’s E60 is a sport investigative journalism show that covers sports news stories that relate to both American and international sports fans. Reporters from the network interview a few subjects and create well crafted stories in segments that are better than your usual ESPN shows.

Each segment is well produce and averages about 10 minutes without commercials.  The show is much more like CBS60 minutes than it is Sportscenter. The best part of the show is that they show the meetings between reporters and editors. Giving viewers a behind the scenes look that few major networks are brave enough to do.

One of my favorite episodes was about current UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar. The episodes was an in-depth look at one of the sports most polarizing figures. The video is filled with video footage of Lesnar’s past sports endeavors and also shots from a one-on-one interview between the reporter and the fighter. There are many voice overs as they show videos featuring Lesnar and his family.

The reporter is not scared to ask a 295 pound professional fighter questions about rumored steroid use. The only issue I had with the video were the many vicious stabs at the sport of MMA. But then again I’m a fan of the sport!

Other segments of the show have explored greater issues such as drug abuse and even death.


~Juan Rodriguez

‘Hot’ Yoga Burns Bright

October 20, 2010 § Leave a comment

CNN’s 60 Minutes segments are among the most capturing examples of video journalism that I’ve ever seen. My absolute favorite piece aired in June 2005, and it introduces the public to Bikram Choudhury (reported by Mika Brzezinski). The subtitle reads: “Meet Bikram Choudhury, the Indian yoga guru whose copyrighted postures done in 100-degree heat have been practiced by more than a million students.”

 Tell me that doesn’t sound fascinating.

During the time the piece was made there had already been a few articles written about Choudhury, and he already had quite the following. What Brzezinski did was focus heavily on Choudhury’s personal story as well as his philosophy about his yoga. Rather than just discussing the risk involved she allows Choudhury to tell the world why he created it and got up close and personal with who this ‘yoga man’ really was. She actually forces herself through one of his sessions, and included footage from it in the piece (even though it was a little embarrassing for her) so that her  commentary had validity.  She reports on what Choudhury said, even though it was a little outlandish ex) Ex-President Nixon personally invited him to live in the U.S.  I think if more public figures got the chance to whole-heartedly tell their stories via video journalism (like many 60 Minutes pieces) then the world of news would make more sense to more viewers. <<– here is the link until I can upload the video!

Ono’s voice over on CNN “video”

October 20, 2010 § Leave a comment

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In this video from,  Anderson Cooper talks to Yoko Ono about how she was blamed for the breakup of the Beatles. In this video, you can hear Cooper and Ono talking, while still images of John Lennon and Ono appear. This is interchanged with shots of Ono talking.

This video is a voice over to footage of John and Yoko, with snippets of Anderson Cooper.

I am displeased.

This is only a small clip of the story but I don’t even want to watch the whole thing.

This would have worked much better as a radio piece because there is hardly any video here!

Check it out and see what you think.


Huffington Post Uses Social Networking with Video Journalism

October 19, 2010 § Leave a comment

As much as I have my own personal opinions about The Huffington Post and their eyesore of a website, the story “Rethink Afghanistan”, which reports about the Afghan voting ballots being altered is an excellent example of video journalism,especially with the video being accessible to not  only Facebook, but YouTube as well which definitely helps with generating views to the video:

Although the video is a VO of the reporter, it has video and stills photos of the voting ballots demonstrating video journalism.

-Stephanie Jeanty

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