What’s a VJ anyway?

If you GOOGLE the letters VJ you get two distinct categories of VJ – type one is the likes of the beautiful and talented Laura Whitmore – A Video Jockey (a la Disc Jockey) for Music Television- MTV. Type two is the one we are interested in – Video Journalist. Dictionary.com defines Video Journalism as:

Which tells us pretty much nothing whatsoever about VJing other than it has something to do with News, and TV.

In fact defining Video Journalism is a source of great confusion. In NY1 – New Yorks’ news channel and one of the very first stations to adopt Video Journalism as a production method a VJ is in fact two different categories of staff – on my visit to NY1 in Jan 2002 I was surprised to learn that interns are trained to shoot with a full size ENG camera and to shoot live interviews for Satellite News Gathering Vehicles (SNGs) but they didn’t generally edit their material and they never voiced it. NY1 also had the more conventional model – fully qualified journalists who shot, scripted, edited and voiced their own stories – a “one man or one woman band” so to speak.

This version- where one person does everything, is the generally accept norm for a VJ.




About vjmentor
Innovation Lead, RTÉ | VJ & MoJo (Mobile Journalism) Trainer -Circom Regional | Photographer | HDSLR shooter| Views are strictly personal, not those of my employer.

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