You've heard the saying, "A face fit for print," right? In other words, the beautiful journalists become TV anchors and the rest of us, well, we hide behind computers in our sweatpants, twitching and scratching, drinking Jack Daniels while smoking cigars and being generally socially awkward.
Yes, I just described myself on most Friday nights.
But the line between print and broadcast journalism doesn't exist anymore. And the truth is, a lot of print journos are a great fit for the screen.
Take my colleague, Whitney Bryen. She recently attended a workshop about on-camera reporting, and she has been putting together some great digital broadcast clips.
Not sure where to start myself (see above description), I decided to tap into Whitney's brilliance for some on-camera tips for print journalists. Here's what she shared (below).
By Whitney Bryen
As a newspaper reporter, the bulk of my video work includes holding my iPhone as steady as I can during a live event or while I interview a source and then publishing it to Youtube and sharing it via social media.
I rarely edit and never end up on camera, but I learned about some of the benefits of including on-camera shots in my videos for the web at a workshop at the Denver Post TV studios.
Here are the three main tips I took from the class this week.
1. On-camera shots are great for branding. As a modern-day journalist, I'm always posting my stories online and sharing them on every social media platform I can find to find readers and connect with the community I cover. Putting myself into my story, even just through a short intro or wrap up of a video, could give my stories a face and make me recognizable in the community. Maybe people would even start approaching me with story ideas and feedback. You can also promote your print or online stories and content within the video driving more readers to your work.