You may have noticed something extra at the end of Tribune stories these days.
Sometimes it’s a note in a closing paragraph, but most often it’s a box directing you to chicagotribune.com for more content.
Frequently that “more” is video -- a short documentary on some element of the story you just read, or an interesting interview with one or more of the subjects or possibly 20 seconds from a news event.
It wasn’t long ago that newspapers, television networks and radio stations were single-minded entities. Each covered the news in their own way, with their own journalists and their own tools – all unique to their respective trade. For an occasional special story or event, one or more might “team up” to bring their viewers expanded coverage.
Today words, photographs, audio and video are all part of the newsgathering process, no matter what the news organization.
In our mission to deliver even more to our print and web readers, video has proven to be a natural companion to words and pictures. It allows us to bring readers to the scene, whether inside City Hall, on the streets of Chicago or in someone’s living room. Our video allows readers to witness for themselves the joy, pain or inspiration of significant moments.
In the long run, we hope it helps to build a stronger connection between readers and subjects.
Shooting video and collecting audio is part of the daily workflow for Tribune staff photojournalists. If time allows, they will edit their video in the field. If not, they will transmit the digital video files back to the office and others will edit. The video is then posted on chicagotribune.com with a story or on our Chicago Tribune video gallery" href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/videogallery">video page here. You’ve probably heard some of our audio on WGN radio as well.
Writers are also beginning to incorporate video into their workflow. Our sports staff regularly turns around video on player interviews and pre- and post-game reaction. Our digital news team is also gathering and posting video and audio from WGN television and radio.
Here’s an example of a unique staff video we recently posted: On the day former Gov. Rod Blagojevich was sentenced to 14 years in prison, Tribune photographer E. Jason Wambsgans wore a GoPro video head cam as he covered the Blagojevich’s departure for court and their later return home. His video, edited by photo editor Erin Mystkowski, gives you an inside view of chaotic media scrum that followed their every move. You can see what it's like inside of a media crush here.
And as we wrap up the year, we’ve compiled a play list of our “top 40” staff videos of 2011. Some will make you laugh, some may make you cry and some will just surprise you. Join us to view some of our favorite videos of 2011.
Thanks for watching.
--Meg Theno / Senior photo editor / firstname.lastname@example.org