Beginning as a researcher and producer for a television interview program, he learned how to shoot and edit on his own and became a one-man-band video journalist. His transition coincided with the BBC’s experimentation in producing shareable video content for social media and the emergence of smartphones as a viable tool for video journalism.
While Shaw’s portfolio serves up strong models of video journalism, his willingness to share his methods and experiments behind-the-scenes of his feature stories provides even greater insight for anyone looking to increase their skills.
Shaw produces multiple versions for each story, including the web, multiple social media platforms, and television. This tweet begins an eight-part thread, revealing his “digital-first” process and how he edits multiple versions of a single feature story.
Shaw regularly speaks at conferences, participates in interviews about his work, and readily presents tips and insights about journalism and mobile production.
Here is a recent masterclass he conducted for the John Schofield Trust, a UK charity dedicated to supporting young journalists.
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