Chapter 1The State of Video

Much of the Midwest was still frozen from the Polar Vortex of 2013 when my colleague Abbey Adkison and I pulled into a parking garage a few blocks from the Chicago Sun-Times building. We were 4 months into researching and reporting our Video Now project, a study about the current state of video journalism in the United States (videonow.towcenter.org). The Sun-Times was one of our final stops on a long tour of newsrooms across the country. We had already visited places such as the Detroit Free Press, The Seattle Times, Frontline, and Mashable—a diverse selection of newspapers, digital properties, and documentary producers—to see how these organizations were staffing their teams, what kinds of videos they were producing, ...

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