PODCAST PREVIEW: Anne Herbst: “every TV station should have a backpack journalist”

Every year I enter the NPPA Solo Video Journalist competitions, and every year I see more and more names appearing on the winners’ list.

Around late 2011 I began seeing a new name pop up: Anne Herbst.

What struck me first was her place of employment: the Denver Post. Herbst was a video journalist … for a newspaper.

What struck me next was her work: it was rock-solid. Herbst impressed me then — and continues to impress me today — with her ability to make slick, well-crafted stories that were grounded in three-dimensional characters, a natural voice, and a more down-to-earth sensibility.

Oh, and she did it all herself: as a backpack journalist, she shot, reported, wrote, and edited her stories as a one-woman band.

This week, she becomes the third esteemed storyteller to join me on the Telling The Story podcast.

Herbst no longer works as a backpack journalist, or for a newspaper: she is now the assistant chief photographer at KDVR-TV, the Fox affiliate in Denver. But, at one point during our conversation, she offered her advice to local news stations in regards to backpack journalists:

Hire them.

Or, at least, hire one.

Come back to tellingthestoryblog.com Wednesday at 8 AM to hear the full podcast with myself and Anne Herbst. We touch on numerous topics, from solo video journalism to newspapers vs. TV to her advice for young journalists.

Click the player below to hear her thoughts on how backpack journalists can help any local news station.

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Click on the clip below for one of my favorite Herbst stories: an in-depth look … at a peeps barbecue.

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Matt Pearl is the author of the Telling the Story blog and podcast. E-mail Matt at matt@tellingthestoryblog.com.

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