Covering Protest in Ferguson: “I didn’t expect it to feel like war.”

Salima Koroma didn’t think her first first out-of-state assignment would be the historic protests over the police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown. She’s been producing video for Time’s online video team for just about two months, and last week they bought her a one-way ticket to Ferguson, Missouri.

Before starting at Time, she graduated from the documentary program at the Columbia University Journalism School, where she produced her own documentary, Bad Rap, and was a producer for NowThisNews. Columbia Visuals talked to Koroma about her experience producing video from Ferguson.

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Covering Protest in Ferguson: “These are people, not sound bites.”


Brent McDonald is a senior video journalist with the New York Times. He produced “Standoff in Ferguson,” a three-minute video for the Times that was published on August 14th, in the midst of protests over the police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown.

McDonald has been producing video for over ten years, and has been with the Times since 2005. Columbia Visuals spoke with him by phone from Ferguson, Missouri, on August 15th. He told us about the mood there and gave us some details on his production methods. (more…)

Covering Protest in Ferguson: “they’re not fooling around down here”

David Carson has been a newspaper photographer for more than 25 years, and he's been covering the protests over the killing of Michael Brown since the day the eighteen-year-old was shot by a policeman in Ferguson, Missouri. He says he arrived at the scene on August 10th, "while the police were still hosing the blood from the street." We asked him some questions about photographing the historical protests happening in his community, and his advice for young photographers covering protests for the first time.

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"Audio is the spine of multimedia," according to video experts MediaStorm, and you should believe them. Sometimes in the hectic race to get a video project shot, we forget that sound is critical to producing a watchable film. We've put together some basic microphone and editing tips to take your audio from an afterthought, to a priority.

“They wanted others to know about their experiences.”

Documentary film program alumni Jeng-Tyng Hong and Matthew Claiborne, both class of 2013, spent their time at Columbia Journalism School working on a short documentary about the use of solitary confinement in New York prisons. They screened their film at the Catskill Mountains Film Festival and their characters use the film to raise awareness about fair treatment in prison. 

We interviewed Jeng-Tyng about their film, The Ex-Periment, and what they learned during production.

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“The most important thing to have is a good eye.”

We spoke to the talented photo editor Myles Little of Time magazine about his day-to-day job, choosing photographers and images for TIME magazine covers and his advice for aspiring photographers and editors.

“there are no simple answers, definitions or words that can encapsulate the experiences of people who are homeless.”

Out in the Cold is a documentary photo project designed to bring awareness to chronic cases of homelessness in New York City. It focuses on people who live on the fringes of society, neglected by the city and their community, and whose stories habitually go untold.

“You just need 20 seconds of insane courage.”

Leslye Davis is a name you’ll want to remember. At only 23, she is already a visual journalist at The New York Times, where she began working as an intern and was quickly hired to work as a multimedia producer for projects across multiple desks at The Times. Davis spoke to us about how she started, her approach to stories and her experience at the paper.  (more…)

50 Children. 50 Cameras.

Francis and Stephanie Lane are the founders of Silent Tapes, a non-profit that uses photography to document the lives of people in various slums around the world. Their latest project will take place this summer in the favelas of Fortaleza, Brazil, where they will lead a five-week photography workshop for 50 children.

This is what it’s like being a female photojournalist in India.

We spoke to several Indian journalists to understand what it’s like working as a female visual journalist in India today, how they overcome the limitations of working in a society that still retains a strong gender bias, and what advice they’d give to young women who’d like to work in India someday.

The State of Video Now

This past Monday, April 14, the Columbia Journalism School hosted a panel on the State of Video. This was the culminating event for a report called “Video Now: The Forms, Cost, and Effect of Video Journalism,” sponsored by the Tow Center for Digital Journalism and the Knight Foundation and produced by Duy Linh Tu, Professor and Head of Digital Media at the Journalism School. (more…)