ABSTRACT

The Solo Video Journalist, now in its second edition, offers a comprehensive overview of the solo video reporting process from start to finish.

Drawing from years of professional experience in the field, the author covers all aspects of multimedia journalism, from planning for a segment, to dressing appropriately for multiple roles, to conducting interviews, and editing. The book contains interviews with more than a dozen top storytellers from around the United States and offers practical advice for how to succeed in a growing media field. New to this edition are Career Chronicles – chapters that detail the career paths possible for modern journalists – and a fully updated chapter on the importance of building a digital and social media presence.

This book is an excellent resource for students learning skills in broadcast, multimedia, backpack, and television journalism, as well as for early-career professionals looking for a back-pocket resource in solo video journalism.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

FOREWORD, by Boyd Huppert, KARE-TV

PREFACE TO THE 2nd EDITION

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

INTRODUCTION: I am a Solo Video Journalist

PART ONE: BEFORE THE STORY

Chapter 1: Planning Your Day

Chapter 2: Looking the Part

Chapter 3: Gearing Up

Chapter 4: Thinking Digital

CAREER CHRONICLES: The Atypical Lane

PART TWO: IN THE FIELD

Chapter 5: Shooting Video

Chapter 6: Shooting Interviews

Chapter 7: Recording a Stand-up

CAREER CHRONICLES: Solo as a Springboard

PART THREE: PUTTING IT TOGETHER

Chapter 8: Logging and Writing

Chapter 9: Editing the Final Product

CAREER CHRONICLES: Getting In at an Older Age

PART FOUR: LOOKING FORWARD

Chapter 10: The MMJ Survey

Chapter 11: Learning from the Best

Chapter 12: Thinking Big

INDEX