Video Activist Handbook - Second Edition / Edition 2

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This second edition of the highly popular The Video Activist Handbook includes numerous examples of contemporary video activism from around the world. The first book to provide the basic skills and know-how required for beginning video activism, it also offers a wealth of ideas on video strategies to those with some prior experience. Whether you are involved in campaigning, non-violent direct action, or simply want to know how to make use of video as a political tool, this book is for you. • Covers the key topics in a step-by-step guide – from choosing and using the right equipment and planning when and where to shoot, to supplying to TV, making a campaign video and legal considerations • Combines clearly written and illustrated practical advice, backed up by a wealth of resources, with first-hand examples of successful video activism • Critically assesses the mainstream media agendas and offers a lively survey of the international video activist scene

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
'The global protest movement is growing because activists are learning to tell their own stories, to capture their triumphs on tape, and share them with others around the world. This book is about media that doesn't just cover activism, it is activism, a crucial part of the process of reclaiming public space and communities.' —Naomi Klein, author of No Logo

'Crucially, Harding covers not just the 'hows' and 'whats' of vid-activism, but also the vital 'why' question. Why do it? Because this is about democracy and empowerment. Vid-activism is about circumventing the hopeless conventionality, commercialism and conservatism of the mainstream media ... Buy it. Read it. Act on it. Your world will never be the same again.' —Charles Secrett, Director, Friends of the Earth

Friends of the Earth
This book is a must for local groups: indispensable and excellent value.
Wall Street Journal
For most antiglobalization activists most journalism isn't what they'd call helpful. "The new culture of guerilla media activism eschews objectivity" says Thomas Harding, author of "The Video Activists Handbook", a how-to guide that recently came out in a second edition. Mr. Harding says many guerilla cameramen see the mass media as pawns of large corporations. If people want to get out the word on the perils of globalization, he says, they need to do it themselves.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780745317700
  • Publisher: Pluto Press
  • Publication date: 8/20/2001
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 5.57 (w) x 8.44 (h) x 0.74 (d)

Meet the Author

Geoffrey Goodman has been a journalist all his working life on a range of newspapers which include The Manchester Guardian, The Daily Herald and The Daily Mirror. He was a member of the last Royal Commission on the Press and is the winner of several national press awards including the Gerald Barry award for Lifetime Achievement in Journalism. He has been editor of British Journalism Review since 1989 and currently works as a presentator and commentator for various news and current affairs programmes. His published work includes The awkward warrior : Frank Cousins, his life and times, (1979) and The miners' strike, (1985).He was appointed CBE for services to journalism in 1998.

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Table of Contents

1 What is video activism?
A brief history of video activism
The camcorder revolution
2 Strategy of video activism
Finding a purpose
Types of video activist strategy
Differences between video activist and video-maker approaches
Problems with the video activist approach
3 Equipment: Where do I find a camcorder?
The basic kit
Choosing a camcorder
Sound equipment
Advanced equipment
Looking after your equipment
Powering up in silly places
4 Getting started - A basic introduction to using a camcorder
The Psychology of videoing in public
Getting good images
Getting good sound
Teach yourself to video in five easy steps
Your first big day of videoing
Getting better
5 Witness video: Legal work Different types of witness video
Working with the legal system
Appearing in court
Tips for shooting witness video
Issues of security
Videoing covertly
Counter camcorder
6 T V Work 1: Supplying footage to News
Why bother supplying footage to T V news?
What is T V news looking for?
Issues faced when supplying to T V news
Tips on supplying footage to T V news
7 T V Work 2: Going beyond news footage
Different ways of supplying footage to T V
Producing a Video News Release (VNR)
Archive sales to T V
Documentary making: becoming a T V professional
8 Making a campaign video 1: Production
Different types of campaign video (educational, empowerment, fundraising)
The process
Preparation and research
9 Making a campaign video 2: Editing Political editing
The editing process
10 Distribution 1: Screenings
Different types of screenings
Screening equipment
11 Distribution 2: Other outlets
Community terrestrial broadcast
Video magazines
CD Rom
World Wide Web
12 Training
Different types of video activist training
Issues and problems
Example of workshop schedule
Recommended reading
Video activist organisations
T V contacts
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2001

    Buy it. Read it. Act on it!

    This is the first book on the market that tells you how use a video camera as a campaign tool. The second edition has been updated to include recent video activist stories as well as more information on how to use video on the web. Here are some reviews from the first edition... 'This book is about media that doesn't just cover activism, it is activism, a crucial part of the process of reclaiming public space and communities.' -Naomi Klein, author 'No Logo', 'The Video Activist Handbook' does exactly what it says on the label. Buy it. Read it. Act on it. Your world will never be the same again.' - Charles Secrett, Director, Friends of the Earth. 'Cover-to-cover with the kind of advice that budding video vigilantes should heed: everything from basic kit to broadcast. Thomas Harding has laid out his information in such an accessible, linear way that his book could almost function as a blueprint for any form of activism.' -Extract from foreword by Anita Roddick (Body Shop). 'You must read this book if you are in any way involved in campaigning' Robby Kellman Greenpeace 'A masterpiece of empowerment. Accessible, friendly, and well-informed. No environmental or social justice campaign group should be without this book... Buy this book. It's inspiring' - Peace News.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2001

    You must buy this book!

    This really is a great book. it is exactly what i needed when i started out using video as a campaign tool. It has great examples and is a quick read. I've already given 5 copies to friends.

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