Word of the day

The NPPA’s Flying Short Course, which was held at different stops in Washington, DC, Chicago and San Jose, was divided into two segments. One day at each stop is dedicated to the regional program of workshops, while the second day was reserved for lectures by the traveling national faculty.

New York Times multimedia editor Andrew DeVigal speaks at the NPPA’s 50th annual Flying Short Course in San Jose. (Camera: Nikon D2X. Lens: Nikkor¬† 80-200mm @v 130mm. Exposure: f/2.8 @1/125, ISO 800)

If this year’s Flying Short Course could be summed up in a single word it would be “multimedia”.¬† It is not just the wave of the future, it is the reality of the present. During the regional program the workshops featured gathering and editing audio and video.

In the national portion, New York Times multimedia editor Andrew DeVigal spoke about the radical changes to the newsroom that the digital revolution has wrought at his workplace. Emmy award winning photojournalist David Gilkey of the Detroit Free Press showed powerful videos of Michigan’s 1/24th marine unit getting ready for and being shipped out Iraq.

I haven’t had any experience with video yet. I don’t think the shooting will be too much of a problem. I know how to find moments and tell a story with a still camera. I think the video camera will be the easiest part to learn, but learning how to edit tit all will be the tough part. It’s the sifting through all the footage that mystifies me. There’s expertise in a different set of editing tools that I’m unfamiliar with.

There’s always apprehension before you step into the darkness of the unknown. I think there will always be a place for still photography, but now it will be combined with audio and video to help tell our stories better. Like it or not mulitmedia is what the future holds. And that’s the word.

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