Follow Friday: Mobile-First Journalist Dougal Shaw

One of the founding members of the BBC News Video Innovation Lab, Douglas Shaw, maintains a prolific output of mobile journalism producing the video features for BBC News.

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.

Shot on an iPhone for the CEO Secrets series, this recent web video profile appears on the BBC Business site.

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.

Click to read the rest of the thread.

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.

To learn more, follow Dougal Shaw on the following platforms.

Twitter – @dougalshawBBC
Instagram – @dougalshaw
LinkedIn – Dougal Shaw

MoJo, short for mobile journalism, is redefining the news industry across the globe as journalists increasingly leverage the power, creativity, and technology available with the smartphone to produce and publish media storytelling for distribution across a range of platforms.

This series will highlight reporters leading the field of mobile journalists around the world.

Fred Haas

Fred Haas is currently a high school English and journalism teacher in Hopkinton, Massachusetts. He has also taught media production courses and served as a technology integration coordinator. He advises student production of online and occasional print publication for HHS Press. You can find him on Twitter @akh003.

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