The videos on the BBC are short, only a few minutes. And for the most part, they run like standard news videos.

Humphry Hawksley experimented a bit in his video Villagers claim corruption prevents aid reaching them. The video begins with action and narration, showing the living standards of those in developing countries. It seemed like this would be a video with only narration and no photage of the reporter. Then, in one of the following images, Hawksley included himself in the scene, sitting among the other villagers. His back is to the camera so it barely noticeable. He then included parts of an interview with one of the villagers but only included what the other man said. The source has a strong accent so it is difficult to understand him. Usually there would be subtitles in these situations but Hawksley doesn’t offer any.

In one of the images the reporter did and interview with an official but the reporter didn’t show his face. You can only hear his voice asking the questions. Hawksley framed the interview to get the official at an angle, the way reporters often position a camera during an interview.

The next interview was with the permanent secretary from the Prime Minister’s Office. Hawksley again taped him at an angle. This time though, he also included himself briefly in the interview.

Finally Hawksley shows himself standing in the middle of the frame and speaking to the camera, with kids standing to his left. It looks like an image from a commercial calling for sponsors for some sort of nonprofit organizaiton.

In the next interview, Hawksley is in the middle of the frame with the person he is interviewing. Other interviews include the source sitting to the right or left of the screen shot, or even in the middle of the frame. It seems Hawksley experimented with everything in this video.

In contrast, Wendy Urquhart’ video Recycled house has a lot of bottle doesn’t include her at all. It could be because this is about art and Urquhart wanted to focus on the images of the recycled house. I actually prefer this set-up over Hawksley’s. I’m not sure what his purpose is coming in and out of shots. I would much rather prefer just listening to his narration. In fact, if Urquhart had appeared in her video, maybe in the scene with the other tourists, it wouldn’t seem out of place. However, when Hawksley did appear in his video it seemed strange (for instance the scene with him in the middle of the shot staring at the camera and with the children to his left, also staring at the camera).

I couldn’t really find any user generated videos on the website. BBC global news director Richard Sambrook shared his disappointment with user generated newgathering during a lecture two years ago. Michael Haddon reported what Sambrook said in an article on journalism.co.uk. Sambrook mentioned several way the news organization is trying to incorporate user generted video content, including Qik, Have Your Say, Seesmic, and 12 seconds. However, Seemic is for video conversations. And 12 Seconds only has three videos, all of which were posted at least a year ago. These are videos of BBC reporters calling for user generated content, but I don’t see any of the audience’s video’s here.

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