Archive for the ‘video’ Category

The Guardian does a great Flash piece

January 15, 2008

If you want to see some good multi-media then please look at The Guardian’s piece on the Mercian Regiments battle in Garmsir.

Combining interviews with soldiers and great representation of the battlezone, I learnt a lot about the reality of war from it. Lovely use of Flash and video – I’d be interested to find out how much it cost.


24 hour personal broadcast : or,

May 14, 2007

Anyone who works in the web will occasionally get asked “What’s the next big thing?” ( You get asked this often if you get very excited when the internet is mentioned, which I do). Annoyingly for my bank balance I don’t know that answer, however, I think I can see a next big thing. A future is and

These two sites have technology that allows users to video broadcast their every move. Justin now has a camera on his head transmitting his every move in San Franciso. Heck, even Jeff Jarvis’ son was able to rig up something that broadcast from his backpack. This makes blogging, vlogging and twittering seem like tools for the shy and retiring personal broadcaster.

I haven’t even watched that much of, but it is hypnotic. He’s cooking eggs. He’s walking. I’m watching. Why? Because human behaviour is fascinating. So if you’re not involved in a super neat Economist web innovation unit so can’t do anything about this, here are some things you could do :

i) Find 6 interesting people in diffferent fields and follow them as they interview artists, musicians, politicians and whomever.

ii) Or go niche. Find 6 intereting people who all do the same thing as they report on everything in music/politics/you get the idea. Remember, niche works.

iii) Find 6 socially stunted people who most definitely will not get on and make them live together and perform various taxing tasks. Yes, it is an even more hyper-invasive Big Brother with an out in the real world element.

Whatever, you do decide to do Mrs. TV Producer, do it quick. Because Big Brother is only Big because it got there first.

An amusing sidenote to this is that at the beginning of Project Red Stripe we did some thinking around potential future scenarios. Here’s one I doled out before either of these two sites came up (forgive the Terminator 2 style apocalyptic rhetoric) :

The Rise of The Connecteds

In 2012 there arises a group called The Connecteds. Emerging initially in South Korea, San Francisco and Finland this youth culture constantly records, broadcasts and diffuses their lives. They become multimedia centres that not only create output but constantly scan shifting tides of information in many different forms.”

I think that shows that either that i) if you ask me to think five years into the future I’ll be able to tell you what will happen next month ii) the web moves fast so move your ass .

The Washington Post has great video

March 5, 2007

It’s hard for me to say whether my excitement around Project Redstripe is more because we’re doing funky things on the web, or because the web lets you do great journalism (though it might be in a very different form). Before I joined the Economist I really concentrated on the Web2.0 space, but in the past few months have been mainlining new journalism (frequently via Journerdism).

At present I’m just going nuts about video, and the place I go to find interesting things is the Washington Post.  The Answers Man is a great example of doing traditional local journalism with video. The Answers Man is columnist John Kelly, who responds to readers letters about local places of interest by going to the area itself. Importantly he does this in a hat.

In this episode a reader asks about an interestingly decorated ‘body shop’ (I think that’s Yankee for garage). This piece is clearly enlivened through video with the user being able to see the building in question, with its many statues and add ons. This what hyperlocal’s about. The Washington Post concentrating on Washington like no one else can, then bringing it to life with video.

I’ll be keeping a close eye on video from now on and try to deliver the best bits to you here. It also leads onto a question I have yet to answer : how can The Economist do hyperlocal? How can it do hyperlocal in video?

Video and The Economist : do we want home movies of our articles?

November 14, 2006

On Friday I’ll be flying out to New York to visit my sister. It will be my first time there and I plan on having a good time. However, I also want to take advantage of the undervalued Chinese remimbi which has, in turn, led to the US weakening the dollar to protect manufacturing jobs. This means great shopping.

What I want to get is a Tom Shelley Media kit. I’m in the market for an iMac, video camera and microphone. That should be all I need to become a one man social media army. Hugh Macleod is also looking into video and from there I was able to find out how much it would cost, through helpful posts like this one.

It’s really not that much and, according to Life Hacker, there are 8 easy ways to shoot video like a pro.

I think this democratisation is important as just over a week ago I was involved in an Economist discussion on our audio future. I, naturally, wanted to get the conversation on to video, because it will play a part in the future of The Economist.

The questions that came up all started from the premise that you need professionals to do video :

How would journalists recreate the polish and poise of the articles with cameras?

Surely the quality will be too low to be Economist?

The questions are all valid and I don’t have the answers, but I think the sooner we find a way to move into this space the better.

It’s changes like this that make me so excited about the possibility of Redstripe. Why get worried about the future when we should just try to get their first?

From the Alive in Baghdad vlog : quality of picture vs quality of content