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Thanks to the wonderful crowd that joined us last night at Pier 38 in San Francisco for the fourth and final installment in our summer Pier Screenings series. We were first treated to a lively discussion about non-professional journalistic video with Sue Kwon of CBS, Josh […]

Thanks to the wonderful crowd that joined us last night at Pier 38 in San Francisco for the fourth and final installment in our summer Pier Screenings series.

1274831852_7a6a275e4b1.jpgWe were first treated to a lively discussion about non-professional journalistic video with Sue Kwon of CBS, Josh Wolf, and Andrew Fitzgerald of Current TV. Kwon was fired up to tell us that broadcast journalism takes a lot of money, and that despite her access to sources and equipment and audiences, she still gets nickel-and-dimed for work expenses. Wolf and Fitzgerald agreed they’d like to see some sort of citizen (or perhaps a better term is “amateur”?) journalist’s guild emerge, in order to foster better access and more sustainable conditions for those who aren’t part of established outlets.

Then we showed the six community-chosen citizen news videos. Judges Kara Swisher, Michael Ferris Gibson, and JD Lasica were among the more friendly we’ve had this summer, though on the whole the finalists were a strong set, and deserved the praise.


Find more videos like this on NewTeeVee Pier Screenings

Alive in Baghdad‘s “Sectarian Violence is a Daily Experience” was far and away the audience favorite, drawing 42 percent of the text-message vote. Coming in second was Internet Celebrities’ funny “Bodega” riff on nutrition in the Bronx, followed by GeoBeats’ upbeat piece on the Mumbai Dabbawalas lunch catering business. Celso Dulay’s piece on San Francisco Gay Pride also had a strong following.

The top three will receive hard drives from Fabrik and be featured on Metacafe’s homepage.

1274845176_54b1d25c76.jpgPhotos by James Yu. Thanks to Metacafe, Friction.tv, Fabrik, Orrick, and vod:pod for sponsoring the event, and Eventbrite, Ning, and Mozes for donating their services. Please add links to your photos, videos, and write-ups in the comments.

  1. I clicked on the link of the “community chosen videos” but still couldn’t tell what was chosen, and what was shown etc…

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  2. Thanks to Terrence Russell for his writeup on the NewTeeVee Pier Screening experience last night:

    http://blog.wired.com/business/2007/08/newteevees-pier.html

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  3. Hi Josh,

    The six videos shown were the four mentioned in the story as well as Robert Lee’s “Scott Free? Judgment Day” and James Kotecki’s “Congressman Ron Paul Visits My Dorm Room.”

    http://screenings.newteevee.com/video/video/show?id=724022:Video:6902

    http://screenings.newteevee.com/video/video/show?id=724022:Video:6703

    Liz

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  4. Thanks for having us!

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  7. [...] up Ghetto Big Mac with Bodega, a goofy documentary about local corner stores in New York that took second prize at one of our Pier Screenings, and then visited the 2007 Sundance Film Festival to produce a series of videos about the fest for [...]

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  8. [...] growth in citizen journalism has been a key NewTeeVee topic of interest since we launched, and the CNN iPhone app should help spur that even further by bringing together [...]

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