Backpack journalism explained

Whatever you call them–VJs, MMJs or backpackers–reporters who shoot and edit their own material are becoming more common in large market television stations. WUSA-TV in Washington, DC, was the first in a top-10 market to make solo journalists the norm. So what’s it like? Georgetown University grad student Deborah Lynn Green, who interned at WUSA this year, produced a video explainer:


2 comments for “Backpack journalism explained

  1. September 11, 2009 at 12:08 pm

    Great stuff Deborah! We also use backpack journalists at my station in Raleigh, N.C.

    Reporting like this does pose the risk of sacrificing elements of the story. But I think as reporters become more skilled at the practice of backpack journalism, we’ll start to see some truly great storytellers rise to the top (like the example you gave in your piece).

  2. December 1, 2009 at 5:27 pm

    Mazel tov and good luck! It ain’t so easy. Trust me.

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