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[liberationtech] the vee-jays of Syria...

Brian Conley brianc at
Tue Mar 27 17:40:58 PDT 2012

Looks like thats a Wide-Eye Sabre1. We used that in Libya with a fair
amount of success, but it is pretty temperamental about proper distance
from buildlings (angle of signal) and proper directional placement...

i will review Melissa's article, thanks for this Katrin, I'm  planning
something of my own about Syrian video  journalists and the role of
storytelling, as well as the inherent conflict of interest between
activists/advocates and journalists.

On Tue, Mar 27, 2012 at 5:21 PM, Katrin Verclas <katrin at>wrote:

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> Some excellent reporting from my colleague Melissa on the strategic use of
> video (and BGANs...) to create the story of the Syrian rebellion by media
> activists or vee-jays (video journalists) of Syria:
>  Really some fantastic stuff about strategies, tactics, and challenges of
> something that is very unique to Syria (even if Egyptian activists
> pre-trialted some of the tactical approaches that Syrians now use as well.)
> The use of very strategic video and reporting from the frontlines by
> activists,  crafting a coherent narrative of the uprising is truly
> remarkable.  There is a new Channel 4 documentary as well about
> VJ/activists which we excerpt in our article, and which the Daily Beast
> features as well
> unfortunately with lots of attention on the one incidence that the
> activists embellished.
> All of this raises some very interesting questions about the strategies of
> media activism and the strategic use of video to create a narrative when
> 'traditional' media is largely absent, and how traditional journalists deal
> with the inherent subjectivity of this reporting.  I am sure much more will
> be explored on this - we are just touching the surface here.
> Best,
> Katrin
> P.S. Jacob and Brian - take a look at the BGANs in the Channel 4 video...
> : (min 2:20 on...)
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