An interview on current projects

Every couple of weeks my employer in an effort to continue to evolve the culture and be transparent puts together a video interview with people involved in various aspect of the business. This week it was my turn.

The segment is called Blue Talks. The host is Paul Nus. We discuss what’s happening at the agency, Fusionfarm, and other projects we’re working on including moving more into the marketplace arena. And, of course, we talk about E-commerce Camp.

A video journalist toolkit

As I mentioned previously, I have hired a video journalist and with the new hire the company where I work has made the decision to invest in at least two fully outfitted and mobile toolkits, one for the new hire and one the photography staff.

And, wow, was it hard. It took a couple of weeks to put the kits together based on input from the new hire, the photography staff and several others. The kit is not unlike the one Gannett put together or others out there.

Let me know what you think. This is the basic list. We added some software, an external monitor, external hard drive and the kit with laptop, camera and accessories came to about $14,000.

MacBook Pro
Final Cut Studio 2
Sony HRV-V1U
On camera Light
60 GB FireStore
Bogen Manfrotto Tripod & monopod
Sennheiser Shotgun mic
Sennheiser wireless mic
PortaBrace backpack
Marantz Portable Recorder

Video journalist position approved

So last week turned out to be very good for me and my news organization. After several months of negotiating a position for a full-time video journalist was approved and an offer was made. I’m really excited and can’t wait to get started.

Another good thing is that I have the ability to put together a capital expenditure to build two identical video journalist kits – from a laptop to video camera to lights and all the accessories. It has proven to be more difficult that I imagined. Spending other people’s money always is, it seems.

So I need help. What do you think? For the big stuff I’m looking at a MacBook Pro or an HP Pavillion HDX laptop. For a camera, I am looking at the Panasonic AG-HVX2000. Are these the right choices?

For editing software it comes down to Final Cut Studio 2 for the Mac or Adobe Creative Suite Production Premium. What do you think?

Video: Newsroom of the future

A little while ago I wrote a post about the perfect newsroom. Here is more on that topic. I came across a video of one college and how they built their newsroom.

The video showcases Stony Brook University’s newsroom full of 30 Apple computer workstations, maps, flat screen monitors and an assortment of various other ‘cool’ tools.

This seems to be a trend. Last fall I attended the Networked Journalism Summit at the City University of New York’s Cuny Graduate School of Journalism, which also has an impressive newsroom.

The only problem I see is that ‘real’ newsrooms, like the one I work at in the Midwest, are nothing like the ‘cool’ newsrooms journalism students are using in college. I think that will be a problem when newspaper try and recruit new talent.