New book on digital video
I haven’t had a chance to check it out yet, but this looks like a good reference to have on hand in every newsroom today. The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Digital Video is a being marketed as a “comprehensive, hands-on guide to making films and videos in the digital age.” The author is producer, director, and NYU professor Karl Bardosh.
When I began working at newspapers in the early 1990s, the AP stylebook, a dictionary and thesaurus were the only reference books I had. Now, a newsroom should have a much more extensive library on hand, even with all the information that can be found online. This appears to be one. If you know others, or have feedback on this one, drop me a line or add a comment. I’ll see if I can compile a list or worthy titles to have on the shelf.
Essential books for online journalism
Thanks to Steve Yelvington and Mindy McAdams for endorsing Journalism 2.0: How to Survive and Thrive in the comments section of a recent post on Paul Bradshaw’s Online Journalism Blog. The post asked Are there really only six essential books on online journalism? but didn’t include Journalism 2.0 as one of them. Steve and Mindy suggested it be included and, naturally, I happen to agree.
The list - and comments - are worth visiting however. My own take on the list is that Dan Gillmor’s We The Media is the most essential book on the list, and that journalists looking for online guidance in a book should expand their view to include essential titles from the new digital economy like Chris Anderson’s Long Tail and Wikinomics.
I especially like the update found on this post which directs readers to a blog post collecting the most influential blog posts about online journalism.