Entries from April 2008

Standard Operating Procedure

April 23rd, 2008 by Travis Long | No Comments

Standard Operating Procedure

I’m Huge fan of director Errol Morris. The Thin Blue Line and Vernon Florida are among my favorite films of all time. You can imagine how excited I was to hear that Morris is releasing an investigative documentary on Abu Ghraib. While his use of reenactments may make the faint of heart photojournalists shudder, his [...]


It was only a matter of time

April 23rd, 2008 by Travis Long | No Comments

It was only a matter of time

before someone came up with this t-shirt. Check out some of the other clever T’s at over at angryjournalist.


Multimediamobile

April 23rd, 2008 by Travis Long | No Comments

Multimediamobile

Robin… To the Multimediamobile – let’s go! The Shelby Star (NC) recently unveiled their new “mobile interactive newsroom.” The Star Car boasts: Online wireless capabilities through a cell phone connection. A camera mounted on it where people online can see what reporters see. A GPS tracking system that lets people watch where the car is [...]


Saving Jayla

April 23rd, 2008 by Travis Long | No Comments

Saving Jayla

I thought I’d share some thoughts from colleague Pailin Wedel about her latest video project “Saving Jayla,” the story of a young girl who was born without an immune system. “Saving Jayla” came to me as a daily assignment but after talking to the writer, Jean Fisher, we decided that there was potential for more. [...]


Earth Day 98

April 22nd, 2008 by Travis Long | 2 Comments

Earth Day 98

We teased one another incessantly. She was witty, brutally honest, a walking encyclopedia of crazy knowledge and an intimidatingly talented photographer. We spent hours talking about the silliest things and never got bored with each other’s company. She was going to be a museum curator. I was going to be a photographer for the AP. [...]


N&O goes live

April 18th, 2008 by Travis Long | 1 Comment

N&O goes live

I ran into producer Rob Roberts at the vending machine on Wednesday. He was all pumped up about Mogulus, an embedable, web-based live video streaming site. After some tests on Tuesday, he live streamed Sen. Barack Obama’s town hall meeting in Raleigh to newsobserver.com. We put a banner on the site a little before the [...]


Primary blitz

April 17th, 2008 by Travis Long | No Comments

Primary blitz

No one ever expected that N.C.’s Primary would matter this year. With Hillary and Barack still in a stalemate, campaign coverage will be the bulk of my workload for the coming weeks. Our multimedia team is running at full force. I’m doing video packages of as many stumps in NC as I can possibly hit. [...]


Going tapeless (poor man’s edition)

April 9th, 2008 by Travis Long | No Comments

Going tapeless (poor man’s edition)

Here at the N&O, we don’t have the capability to go live yet, so fast is the next best thing.Tape is the biggest bottle-neck in the process – hours of your life you’ll never get back. You could sport for a Firestore or invest in a camera that shoots to P2 or solid state. If [...]


N&O videos: Webby honoree X2

April 9th, 2008 by Travis Long | No Comments

N&O videos: Webby honoree X2

N&O videos Ian’s Peace and Dail: Life Unbarred received a little more love this week. This time it was from the 12th Annual Webby Awards for Documentary Individual Episode and Public Service and Activism.


The exonerated man video in 2 1/2 hours

April 3rd, 2008 by Travis Long | No Comments

The exonerated man video in 2 1/2 hours

I found it appropriate that the day we found out we won NPPA’s BOP’ Best Web Video award, I would shoot a story about a man who was freed from prison after 14 years on NC’s death row. Glen Chapman, 40, was released from Central Prison in Raleigh on Wednesday after Catawba County District Attorney [...]