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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?