A Working Saturday- Learning to Shoot with a Real Videographer

DONELSON, Tenn– One week after flying into Nashville International Airport from the AEJMC Conference, I’m demonstrating the in’s and out’s of videography on a real-world assignment here in a suburb east town.

We had an 8:30 a.m. start in an area that’s become somewhat familiar — Donelson, a town not far from the airport.  Our assignment was the interview Mary Moran, who heads the Nashville Irish Step Dancers (NISD), a group she founded 20 years ago.

The “our” is the story refer to the videographer Elizabeth Varin from Inland Valley Press and I.    Varin formerly worked as a videographer.  Now she’s full-time as a reporter.

She didn’t even reveal to me that she was a videographer until AFTER we were headed back from our assignment.  That forced me to try and fail in some things on our assignment.

We took two cameras so that I could chronicle the videographic experience for sharing later in my class.  I even managed to do two stand-ups.  But at this moment, I don’t know how they came out.

So far, Boot Camp, Day 4 is keeping me very busy.

Author: George Daniels

George L. Daniels is an associate professor of journalism at the University of Alabama. After spending eight years in the local television newsroom working as a producer at stations in Richmond, Virginia; Cincinnati, Ohio; and Atlanta, Georgia, Daniels moved from the newsroom to the classroom. He’s conducted research on diversity issues in the media workplace and change in the television newsroom as well as media convergence. Before going to work in television news, Daniels worked briefly as a freelance writer for The Richmond Free Press in his hometown of Richmond, Va.

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