Guardian video tips: Not as easy as you lot think

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A very nice post by Guardian Reporter [Bobbie Johnson](, about the reality of multimedia reporting based on his experiences at [CES.]( (via[ Martin Stabe]( and [Complete Tosh)](

All this talk of multimedia journalism that we indulge in is well and good, but it’s often spoken about in theory rather than in practice. From our high-level newsroom posts or our lofty academic tenures, we can dispatch.

Ouch. I hope most of the stuff being dispatched from the ivory towers is a little more practical. But it does highlight the reality gap we know exists out there.

For Bobbies part he offers a few really useful practical things to consider.

  • Planning is everything:
  • Video is both hard and time consuming
  • Audio and stills are easier to integrate into your work:
  • You cannot afford technical failure:
  • Make sure you know your priorities:

Despite his missgivings, the video is pretty good, and a welcome move towards the kind of content the Guardian should be experimenting with.

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