I was the reporter assigned to do Tuesday’s obligatory “Selfie” story. You can watch it online HERE.
Yes, you news snobs can argue that it’s hardly news.
But you can also argue the Oxford Dictionary’s decision to elevate “Selfie” as the word of the year makes a profound statement about the age we live in.
Of course let’s not take ourselves too seriously. It’s hilarious that “selfie” is a word in the dictionary and the word of the year. And with a story like that naturally as a reporter you have fun with it and I did.
But on a more serious note, in preparation for my report I spoke with NSCAD photography instructor Adrian Fish and he reminded me that a “Selfie” is nothing new.
Photographers have been taking them for years, Fish says. It’s really called a self-portrait.
Nevertheless, it’s hard to deny that self-portraits have exploded because so many of us have smartphones.
And yes, this trend reeks of narcism, shallowness, immaturity and self-publicity, but, as Fisher explained, this fad also defines how we interact with media.
We photograph ourselves and by ourselves. No need for an experienced photographer.
We broadcast our own stories on Facebook and Youtube. Who needs the New York Times or the CBC?
Heck, even legacy media has hoped on board. As a video journalist, I shoot my news reports by myself; including my stand-ups (that part when the reporter appears on camera and talks).
We generate content of ourselves by ourselves.
We are a “Selfie” generation.
The great thing about being a video journalist (VJ) is you get to see the world through a lens. Couple of weekends ago a Bottlenose Whale swam into Spry Bay near the Eastern Shore. What a sight!
Usually you have to be in a boat off somewhere in the Atlantic to catch a glimpse of one. Or you can just be a VJ and be assigned the story.
Totally spontaneous video after a day trip to Lunenburg with friends. What a beautiful place to take a drive.
I just started shooting, editing and reporting my stories at CBC Nova Scotia. I’m a video journalist or VJ. I love it. It’s tougher than being a reporter. You’re doing multiple jobs and you have to multitask. But in many ways you have complete control. Nothing’s stopping you from getting your gear and heading to the next story.
I just finished my demo tape of some of the stories I shot. Check it out.
I just finished reading this book after putting it down and them picking it up. That’s not an indication of the quality. Just that it’s one of those books you can put down and pick up again. In fact I like those kind of books.
Inside there are many tips that you don’t learn in journalism school. Like how to develop sources. How to talk to parents who child has just died. The importance of a work life balance.
For me the biggest take away is how to stay positive in this industry and how not to get jaded.