I went to the first two presentations on Friday, where I learned about investigative journalism and video documentaries. The first presentation was Rita Hibbard from Investigate West, and she talked about many of the in-depth stories she has done and how she was able to develop them into really impactful stories. She also talked about how she collaborated with Spot.us as well. In the second presentation, Dan Fromshad, a former BBC employee, spoke about his start in documentary making and how he has had to kind of teach himself as he goes about the industry. He started off the presentation explaining his first documentary that was given a budget of $20,000 - which was supposed to cover filmmaking and living expenses through the entire project. He finished with showing us how the documentary/filmmaking industry has developed into a very unique form of journalism today.
I thought both presentations were really interesting. I was especially interested in how both speakers touched on new media, and how video journalism and web journalism has emerged in the last 5-10 years.