Teaching Examples

Online video is NOT ‘broadcast quality’
February 18, 2006, 2:12 am
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Larry Pryor wrote a good summary of the annual Poynter convergence confab for journalism educators. Something I heartily agree with:

“Because online video is different, a convergence curriculum that stresses conventional broadcast production, the use of high-end equipment, news teams and text-heavy websites may not be doing students any favors.”

SO TRUE. I became very disheartened at the oft-repeated excuse I heard from broadcast news faculty: “Broadcast quality.”

It means that everything has to cost at least four times as much as any real online operation would ever pay. It also means that rather than graduating with a rudimentary understanding of how to shoot and edit video, students graduate with NO training in video at all. Duh … how is that good for them?

Sure, for that small handful of kids who will try to go work in real TV, training on broadcast-quality equipment is necessary. But TV is not the only game in video today, and it’s too darned shortsighted to spend all your money on those folks’ ultra-costly gear when for the same money you could train 10 times as many students for jobs that are actually hiring.

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