So believes video website Bloggingheads.tv, which I’ve plugged and linked to on this page many-a-time before. Basically, the site pairs journalists, policy folk and and academics on video chats and then plays back the conversations in a split screen. The result: long-ish wonky chats that show us what broadcast TV would look like if they didn’t edit every interview down to its 10 second soundbyte.
Anyway, they’re now letting fans video-blog on the site, albeit with some weird masking that is supposed to anonymize lay folk, but really just makes everyone look weird. Ironically enough, the debut ‘amateur’ ‘vloggers were professional journos–Portland-based Ethan Epstein, and myself (!)–discussing (what else?) the future of media.
Watch the video below, and let us know what you think, either here or on BHTV’s comments forum.
Maha Rafi Atal is a freelance journalist in New York, covering the nexus of business and society. Her work has appeared in Forbes, Fortune, BusinessWeek, Newsweek, the Christian Science Monitor, the New Statesman, the Providence Journal and the Columbia Journalism Review. She is the Executive Director of the nonprofit Public Business. This site hosts her resume, portfolio, and blog, Instant Cappuccino.