Video Reporting

This program explores visual narratives as they are produced, designed and distributed across platforms. We seek to challenge and train journalists to find innovative, creative and responsible ways of reporting and producing news using video and sound, whether for the web or for broadcast.

At a time when broadcast news is undergoing rapid change, and new forms of visual journalism are emerging across digital platforms, we seek to challenge and train a new generation of journalists to find innovative, creative and journalistically responsible ways of reporting and producing news using video and sound.

The introductory visual journalism class (J282) is required of all students. It covers basic videography and editing using Adobe Premiere, and reporting and producing the short video news piece. Editorially, our focus is on reporting the visual story, story development,and writing. J283, in the spring semester is a continuation of J282, but with a pronounced deadline-based production focus. We produce various forms of video news both in broadcast and digital style. More complex technologies are introduced. The emphasis is on developing the producer/director’s craft through practise and repetition. The work load is heavy. Students produce segments every two or three weeks. the last 5 weeks of the semester is devoted to producing longer, more complex stories

J-School is much more than an intellectual exercise: It's a trade school, and I went there to learn a craft. At Berkeley, everything was hands on. I picked up cameras, worked as a sound person, spent endless hours editing, and reported, reported, reported. I graduated with a solid skill set that helped me land a job as a TV news producer in a top ten market. I went on to become a local news reporter, and eventually ended up in my current job at ABC News as White House Correspondent for Good Morning America. At Berkeley, I learned how to get the story, how to tell it ethically, and perhaps most importantly, how to get it on the air on time. Those are talents I rely on to this day.
—Yunji de Nies, ABC News Correspondent

Students report, write, shoot, structure, and produce hard news and news feature stories, half-hour news programs and TV news magazine programs. All programs are cablecast on Berkeley Community Media, Channel 25 and UCTV. Students have won numerous student Emmys for their work, and many of their stories have aired on state and national PBS stations, commercial stations and national news Web sites. Students also keep a Vimeo group account, view their recent work here and see an archive of student work.

Visual journalism students have traveled widely in search of compelling stories, from urban and rural neighborhoods of Oakland, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and Ohio, to remote villages and cities in China, Vietnam, Cuba, Peru, Ecuador, Argentina, South Africa, France, and Eastern Europe.

All production is done digital using Panasonic HPX-3100, HPX-500 P2 tapeless HD cameras, compact Sony NX70s and Canon 5D MarkIII and Canon 7D DSLRs. Audio production is recorded using Schoeps, Sanken and Sennheiser microphones as well as wireless and wired Sony and Lectronics equipment. We use digital audio recorders such as the Tascam and Zoom h4N when doing dual-audio recording, and Sound Devices 302 and Shure mixers for multi-channel input. Lighting for production utilizes HMI, tungsten, and LED lighting equipment. We have dedicated one or our 2nd year edit rooms to be a finishing room for color correction with AVID Symphony and DaVinci's Resolve software. We offer a Storage Area Network (SAN) for student project backup.

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