There are a number of interesting posts out there for the video folk, which, increasingly, covers a lot of those who are formerly-known-as-print-people.
Three of the pieces come from the essential Andy Dickinson who has done a three-part series on kitting yourself out to shoot video. Part 1 covers the basics and some low-cost ways to get into the game; parts two and three up the ante to higher quality (and higher price) gear. It’s a nice, essential guide, but consider it a snapshot of a moment in time. New gear comes down the pike fairly regularly and the lower-end seems to get increasingly more versatile. (Link goes to Part 1: follow the internal links from there.)
Editor’s Weblog also has a three-parter on video up, under the general heading How Much Video: The 2007 boom; Figaro, from Handycam to in-house studio; and Nouvel Obs: TV-like shows, with an edge – a year in retrospect.
Part 1 hits some of the issues involved with newspapers and video, Part 2 provides details of how French daily Figaro plunges full-on into video with a 300,000-English-pound studio and fixed, broadcast-quality cameras. In Part 3, we get a look at the French weekly Le Nouvel Obs, which has had an in-house broadcast studio since December 2006 and produces 17 different shows.
I found parts 2 and 3 especially interesting. I don’t know enough about press culture in France to really understand how these large-scale video operations fit in. But it is worthwhile to note that neither of these come from convergence with existing TV operations: these are print plays.
Finally, Colin Mulvany is a relatively new blogger on the newspaper multimedia front, but he’s come out of the gates quickly and strongly. His post What we can learn from TV news shooters has drawn rave reviews from Deborah Potter, one of the authors of Advancing the Story: Broadcast Journalism in a Multimedia World (which I recommend) and the occasionally prickly but almost always spot-on Lenslinger, Stewart Pittman.
Read all three posts: Colin’s original is great and what’s added to it by the other two expand on the ideas.