As journalists, we get access to some incredible things. We are constantly in the presence of powerful or influential people, and we get to document historic moments and change in the world. We wanted to highlight this image from photojournalist Phil Moore, who is constantly looking for different ways of shooting these kinds of events.
Digital security is not just about yourself and your assets; it’s about your sources and their identities. You may not have to deal with highly sensitive photos or footage on a regular basis, but it’s good to have an idea about what protections exist should you need to keep files secret, or your sources anonymous. […]
A week after graduating from Columbia Journalism School, David P. Alexander made his way into a Cambodian jungle to shoot a story about illegal poaching for an non-governmental organization (NGO). Though he was not there for a traditional news outlet, he was doing exactly what he wanted to do: he was producing compelling videos about important subjects. (more…)
Documentary photographer Alexandra Hootnick shared the digital contact sheets of some of her favorite photos, from a vigil in the South Bronx, to her coverage of Hurricane Sandy. She told us how she got the shots and why she chose each one.
In October of 2012, Mo Scarpelli and Alexandria Bombach travelled to Kabul thinking they would make a short film about freedom of press (or lack thereof) in Afghanistan.
They were only there for two weeks, but “The story blew up in our faces,” said Scarpelli. What they saw was an emerging free press in the war-torn country, and a handful of Afghan journalists behind it. (more…)
Libyan men, many of whom were regular civilians just days before, picked up weapons and heavy machinery at the beginning of March to fight against Ghaddafi loyalists outside of Ajdabiya on March 2, 2011 in eastern Libya. / Photo by Nicole Tung
A woman holds a picture of her son, who she claims was killed in the 1996 Abu Salim massacre, along with over 1,200 other men. Benghazi, Libya, February 26, 2011. / Photo by Nicole Tung
Columbia J-School alums Alexander Hotz and Kristofer Ríos recently published a story about Puerto Rico’s drug addicts, a hugely ignored public health crisis on the island. The team spoke to Columbia Visuals about their process: from finding the story to teaming up, and getting it published. (more…)
You need music for your film or documentary. Unfortunately, you can't just use any track from your iTunes - that's a potential copyright violation. Read about how to clear the rights of materials you want to use, and where you can get free or cheap music for your project.
June 18, 2012: Egyptians celebrate the rumored victory of candidate Mohamed Morsi in Tahirir Square after the Freedom and Justice Party prematurely announced their supposed victory in the Presidential Elections. / Photo by Amanda Mustard
April 21, 2012: A moment of political passion breaks out amongst tens of thousands who gathered for a pre-election protest in Tahrir Square. / Photo by Amanda Mustard
A boy peers out from inside one of the two burnt military vehicles that were stolen from riot police and set afire in Tahrir Square the night before. Tension between protestors and riot police continued for the fifth day after Egypt’s second anniversary of the Revolution. / Photo by Amanda Mustard
October 12, 2012: Protestors watch clashes along the heavily-graffitied Mohamed Mahmoud Street. Violence broke out between hundreds of Egyptian Liberalists and Islamists in and around Tahrir Square. Fighting remained exclusive to the Egyptian people, as police forces did not intervene. / Photo by Amanda Mustard
September 14, 2012- Cairo, Egypt: Protestors peer at CSF police through the new wall constructed to protect the US Embassy. Today is the fourth day of protests in response to an Anti-Islamic film released in the United States. / Photo by Amanda Mustard
Protests continue overnight in Tahrir Square, calling for the re-trial of Mubarak and the removal of candidate Ahmed Shafik from the presidential race. / Photo by Amanda Mustard