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Concentra VJ award: the winner

Posted in Broadcasting and Media, Journalism by Adam Westbrook on March 6, 2009

The annual Concentra Video Journalism Awards were held this week. The winner: Alexandra Garcia, a VJ with the Washington Post, for her piece about about a free medical clinic in the US.

So what’s good about it?

  • Well clearly it’s a great story, and it’s got an abundance of great characters. Alexandra gives them time to breathe and doesn’t talk all over them.
  • In true VJ style it has great access to the story, and often just shows action happening
  • It doesn’t follow any of the rules or styles of traditional TV news packaging
  • She introduces the story with a voice over at the beginning but then we hardly hear her; she lets the subjects tell the story
  • It’s an example of ‘solution journalism‘, showing an answer to a problem, rather than just reporting the flaws of the US healthcare system
  • It’s not too long
  • And technically it’s very sound, right down to the short f-stop in the final shot which blurs out the background.

What do you like about it?


Maybe letter writing does work…

Posted in Adam, Broadcasting and Media by Adam Westbrook on April 16, 2007

Today’s Media Guardian has a spread announcing the launch of the 2007 Student Media Awards – the annual parade of student journalism talent in the UK.

And for the first time, there’s a category for Student Broadcaster of the Year.

It’s taken 12 months exactly…but maybe letter writing does work:

Letter to the Media Guardian

Shame all three of us are no longer elible to enter though.

[Cheers to Doidge for the tip off]