News Videos That Caught My Eye & Wowed Me
Our assignment was to view a couple of news videos that caught my eye. Many of the videos from Poynter’s Al Tomkins’ aimfortheheart.com (appropriate!) http://aimfortheheart.com/story-samples/ were standout videos. The ones I chose to analyze are:
a. 15 Days: A Soldier’s Journey Home
What I Liked:
The focus on one couple/family
The time span
The beginning and ending being at the same location
The narration that complemented video
The interviews with the wife, soldier, child
The emotion at the end
What I Think Needed Work:
It seemed a bit too choppy; the reporter cut in, it seemed, like for every minute he had to give a minute of narration, which was distracting to me
There was no real coverage of the soldier’s interaction with his family, besides at the hospital, at the birth of his second child.
Adding a stat would have been great. How many soldiers?
Explain better how each soldier is allotted 15 days—and add why they are alloted this time and when they can take the time during their tour.
b. Investigative Reporting: Hiding Behind the Badge
What I Liked:
Reporter going with his gut to uncover corruption by a small town sheriff
Breaking open a case through perseverance
Chasing down interviewees
Relying on photographer/teamwork
What I Didn’t Like/What I Questioned
How the reporter didn’t try to force himself into the golf course a little more–but it made me wonder–how far can a journalist go, especially in investigative pieces when subjects are not willing to talk (for fear of incriminating themselves)?
It seemed like he only smelled blood, almost like he was a tabloid kind of reporter to take someone down, in this case, expose the sheriff. I can understand the need to expose corruption, but what are the best techniques a journalist can use? Where was the focus of the story?
Is there an ethical line for a reporter? Or is this his job? Just questions…
A couple of other pieces I liked:
What I loved about this (that I don’t think I had really seen before) was that it was all narrative audio complementing very, very awesome photos. The tone of Kamber’s voice offered sympathy and respect; he seemed humbled and alarmed at the situation he found himself in, but also seemed at awe with the surviving soldiers and how they helped their comadres, then how they trudged on even after the deaths and injuries.