What’s never been done awaits to be done…

David Dunkley Gyimah’s blog


I feel like we haven’t really explored the positive and negative points of a multimedia future yet… the role of the journalism may be changing but I haven’t found anyone explicitly embracing the ‘new’ journalism as much as David Dunkley Gyimah- the link above will take you to his ‘Videojournalist Manifesto’. He uses similar language to us, but as we question whether it is even possible to bring all these media together to create cohesive journalism, David is certain that he is a jack of all trades and a master of them all too. The way he describes his duties as a videojournalist, or just the simple fact that he has a manifesto, makes it appear as if he is his job. More than journalists perhaps have been before, David is completely part of his work as a journalist- he has the ability to show what the world is like through his eyes, pictures and words. Just have a look at his recent post about the snow. Click here.

This is a video demonstrating some of the techniques and the individual styles of the emerging and developing role of the video-journalist; immediacy, curiosity and ‘anti-aesthetism’- all through the perspective of a morning run.

The journalist has not necessarily become the story; he carries the story with him and others are able to experience it to a degree unavailable before. These aren’t streamline-edit news packages, nor the imagination and word-pictures necessary with radio, although these styles are useful in their place and of course can be incorporated into this new multimedia journalism. This seems more rough and ready, more ramshackle and eclectic, less finished, less beginning, middle and end. More like real life, you might say.

My job is never done. My camera is my third eye. My camera goes where I go.


One Response to What’s never been done awaits to be done…

  1. Hello Josh, Chris, Shristi and Rachel – Jack of All Trades

    Woops ! Thanks for big up. We share something else in common. I was at Falmouth 20 year ago.

    Truth, cracking the plot of this web + thing we’re going through rests with your group and peers to a large extent, so please keep posting, even when you complete your term.

    There’s a conference here called Journalism in Crisis. It’s calling for papers from senior academics, but why don’t you jointly submit something and see if it gets through.

    Confession! The VJ manifesto has some irony to it. Whilst I believe in its content, I wouldn’t have the courage or wherewithal to dare claim to be the future.

    So I’m talking in the 3rd person most of the time – an element of urban flaneurism.

    The Snow piece, for a bit of background, was made off-the-cuff on my Canon ,attempting to make my way to work. You know off to the station and back again. It took about 15 minutes to edit and put up.

    You’ll have a few people wincing prob saying.. Snow piece – and?

    One of the new areas of videojournalism is called “free-framing” where you shoot as a participant with little set ups. The snow piece is an example.

    A lot of people have done this in the past but come from indie docs e.g Chris Marker.

    Good to make your acquaintance and I’ll be looking out for posts to show some of our students here.


    Snr Lecturer, Uni of Westminster, Journalism
    Creator Viewmagazine

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