—By John Larson
© 2012 John Larson
Ididn’t always work by myself. Often, I still don’t, but I’ve learned first hand the challenges and advantages to shooting, writing, editing, and producing stories on my own. Some call it Video Journalism, or being a One-Man Band (OMB). Others call it Multimedia or Backpack Journalism. In truth, even a typical day requires more equipment that you can fit in a backpack (Figure 11.2). Whatever you call it, it means video storytelling by yourself.
In news coverage or comparable endeavors, crew size varies from a single person to as many as a dozen. I’ve worked in small market, major market, public broadcasting, and network television. In ...