One of the things I'm doing on my "sabbatical" from the working world is trying to learn new skills. As an editor, I never had the time to shoot and produce my own videos. The experience of doing so definitely builds an appreciation for the work of others. It also puts me in touch with what got me into journalism in the first place. While the technical aspect of video can sometimes seem overwhelming, the pleasure of working with sound and motion outweighs any frustration I've experienced. One thing that's become very clear to me is that any news organization doing video should establish very clear standards, practices and procedures that a person can follow to make the process as simple as possible.
Here's my latest video, "Dave Barber: Peaches and Opals," the story of a fixture at Denver's farmers markets with his great peaches and his opals. Click here to read my previous installment about this topic and see an earlier video.