Interview with DAVID DUNKLEY GYIMAH

I recently wrote about David Dunkley Gyimah. He is without doubt one of the greatest pioneers in video journalism. He has been instrumental in bridging the gap between video journalism and cinema and VJ is all the better for it.

He has been on the web since 1995 and his website is testament to his knowledge and know-how of mixing video journalism with the internet.

As an artist in residence at Southbank Centre, he offers great insight into the practice and philosophy of video journalism.

I interviewed him a week or two ago. It was a fascinating chat, which lasted over two hours. I have clipped out some of the best bits but there is so much more that I could have included.

I started by asking him what how much of an impact he thought the internet has had in terms of redefining video journalism?

How important is it for video journalists to be web savvy? Should they be able to do more than just blog?

Several years ago you were quoted as saying “people say videojournalism is like TV online, but videojournalism is experimental and risky.  I say it’s like being a photojournalist with a video camera.” How much have the aesthetics of videojournalism changed over the last few years?

And finally, here are David’s thoughts on the future of video journalism and experimentation.

Please add your comments. I am hoping to go to one of David’s forums at the Southbank Centre soon, so I will of course be reporting back from it as and when.

Will Teddy


Ten pioneers in online video journalism

Part two – Online channels

Last week in the first part of this mini series, I described how the internet has offered video journalists more freedom to experiment (see below).

In this second part I have picked out five of my favourite video journalism web channels. Each one has transformed the use of video in online journalism in its own right.

1. View Magazine

David Dunkley-Gyimah is one of the original pioneers in videojournalism. Since 1994, he has been bridging the gap between cinema and video journalism. He is one of the most innovative and informative video journalists around. His website contains all sorts of films, articles and images for video journalists to feast on.

Recommend:

A brief visual history of videojournalism (below)

8 Days

2. Guardian Films

Headed by the renowned print journalist Maggie O’Kane, Guardian Films has produced many excellent investigative films and won several awards. Most of the films are produced exclusively for the website, with the explicit aim of extending international and domestic investigative journalism using film and video.

Recommend:

Ghaith Abdul-Ahad’s films on Iraq

Sean Smith’s British Troops in Afghanistan

3. Vimeo Documentary Film Channel

As you’d expect from a Vimeo site (which is renowned for its professionalism and aesthetically pleasing nature), every film is beautifully shot and a joy to watch. This is online video storytelling at its best and there are nearly 600 films to choose from.

Recommend:

The Real Kite Runners (below)

Birthright (below)

4. VBS.tv

The online TV channel of Vice Magazine, is innovative in both its site’s magazine-style and the subjects that it tackles. In its own words, VBS carries “a mix of domestic and international news, pop and underground culture coverage, and the best music in the world.”

Recommend:

Heavy Metal in Baghdad

Obama’s War

5. Citizen Tube

This site is very different to the others featured on this list, but no less important. As the name suggests, this YouTube project deals mainly in citizen video journalism. The channel was set up as a platform for anyone to upload any news or politics-related videos.

Recommend:

There are so many videos uploaded to this channel that it’s better to pick some out for yourself. Also, take a look at the Citizen Tube blog, which has some interesting posts every now and then.

Will Teddy