Basic camera tools for journalists shooting video

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What easy-to-use tools should any backpack video journalist have? Emmy award-winning journalist and ICFJ trainer Patricio Espinoza offers some basic tips.

It's the latest a video in a series by Espinoza which includes getting started with Wordpress, six essential digital publishing tools and how to create a hyperlocal news website.

This video is also available in Spanish.


The batteries shown, AAA, are not the correct batteries for the Kodak Zi8 camera. It takes special rechargeable batteries. Buy a few knock offs in advance, charged them up and try them out first before doing something important.

You probably should use a self powered condenser mic with the appropriate mini jack adapter. One of the mics shown appeared to be an Electro-Voice RE 50 which isn't hot enough for the cheap camera audio circuits.

I have a couple like new zi8's for sale with spare rechargeable batteries, by the way.


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The basic rule for shooting video is NOT to move the camera. This video is useless as it promotes bad quality amateur product.

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