Doing it Alone : Do Video Journalists Affect the Quality and Credibility of Television News?
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The recent financial pressures on local TV news stations have forced many owners and managers to cover the day's events with fewer employees. Many station owners have turned to video journalists to cut newsroom costs. The video journalist, also called "backpack journalist," does it all. These intrepid reporters conduct interviews; write scripts, shoot and edit their video. With so many stations turning to video journalism, this research explores how and to what extent video journalists affect the quality and credibility of TV news.