Removing barriers to video for citizen journalists

Over the next few days I’m focusing on ways we can make this whole video coverage thing easier to do. The biggest barrier facing anyone wanting to do video citizen journalism is usually a technical one. How do I capture the video with my camera and then get it on to the internet? Any article about doing this can easily de-evolve into tech speak.

Luckily the Knight Citizen News Network has put together a tutorial that covers this without going deep into geek speak. If you understand what a video camera and a computer are, but don’t know what firewire and video codecs are…. this is the tutorial for you. It’s part of a series of learning modules KCCN has done for citizen journalists. Even if you’re an experienced reporter, there’s some tips you can pick up here.

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