Pub. date: 2009 | Online Pub. Date: December 16, 2009 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412972048 | Print ISBN: 9780761929574 | Online ISBN: 9781412972048| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Mary Angela Bock
Video journalism is a form of video news production in which one person shoots, writes, and edits news stories using digital technologies, to be disseminated via broadcasting cable, or broadband Internet. Video journalists (VJs), also known as “backpack journalists” (BPJs) or “mobile journalists” (MoJos), may work for television stations, cable services, newspapers, websites, or citizen journalism organizations. They might, also be independent freelancers. Their work is often stylistically different from traditional television journalism, and in some settings, it is taking on a distinct narrative form. While so-called one-man bands have long existed in television news and documentary film production, they tended to be the exception. Singleperson units were more often found in smaller markets, where young reporters would shoot, write, and edit their own material as they worked their way into larger markets where they'd work as part of a team with a photographer and (though no longer) sound technicians. ...