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From the Voice to VICE - a short history of VICE MEDIA

It is one of the most unusal success stories in the media business within the last two decades. What started in 1994 as a small printed punk magazine in Montreal has become a multi platform media corporation known as VICE media. Today the company has 1500 employees worldwide and an estimated value between 2.5 and 4 billion US Dollars.

Before we travel back in time let's watch this video to get a feeling for their journalism branch named VICE NEWS and their way of working. 

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Free Smartphone Video Tutorials

Within the last couple of years mobile devices have become so powerful, that you can not only shoot but also edit video footage with them. As a journalist it is good to be aware of the marvelous tool you have got in your pocket. To show you some possibilities when shooting video, here are a few tutorials I did on my Youtube Channel.

The first one shows five basic tricks for shooting video in a talking head situation. You can also learn some german here. No worries, it is subtitled:

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The First Amendment, the Freedom of the Press and you

The First Amendment, the Freedom of the Press and you
"Government shall make no law (…) abridging the freedom of speech or of the press". It is the First Amendment in the Bill of Rights from 1791 that manifests this fundamental freedom for the United States States of America - by that time a young democracy aged 15 years. As you may know a freedom as such never comes for free. In many parts of the world our ancestors had to fight for this freedom at some time. In far too many countries the people still have to fight for it. Often they pay the highest price you can imagine. They pay with their lives. And even if other countries have already achieved this fundamental freedom, you can never be sure that it is going to last forever. Freedom is not for free. There is a price we have to pay. At least pay some attention.

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The State of the Media #2 - Do your own Ethics code

The circumstances and conditions under which journalist are working can widely differ. But no matter how diverse our daily routines may be, we often face similar moral questions and dilemmas. How do I deal with interview partners that demand money? Is it correct to accept a free travel offer? Can I post a photo on social media that some of my viewers and readers may find offending?

Big media companies usually have a code of conduct and clearly defined rules. But that is not always the case for smaller businesses, digital nomads or freelancers working on their own.

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The State of the Media - a mobile video series

During my twelve years as a documentary filmmaker there is only one thing I could have been sure of all the time: Change. Especially when it comes to technology. 

When I think of the washed out video material my first DV-Camcorder was delivering I can hardly imagine that this was the standard in video journalism less than ten years ago. Since then the technical challenges you had to face in the process of filmmaking  have become less and less.

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