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WASHINGTON, DC, 3 August 2016 — I’m delighted to announce that the Spanish-language version of my acclaimed “Essential Video Journalism Field Manual” is nearly ready for release.

The “Bill Gentile Manual Esencial de Producción Video Periodismo” is in the final stages of review and should be available at Amazon.com by next week.

Translated by my wife, Esther, the manual will be used this Fall semester by American University (AU) students taking my course, “Backpack Documentary en Español,” the first-ever, all-Spanish-language class to be taught at AU’s School of Communication. Esther and I are proud and honored to present this manual to all who aspire to learn the craft of backpack video journalism, particularly those who speak Spanish, the language most spoken in the United States after English.

The release of the Spanish-language manual comes on the heels of the second edition of the English-language manual. Both editions include a bonus chapter, by Internet marketer J. Bruce Jones, on how to market videos.

I launched the Backpack Journalism Project at the School of Communication in 2010 to inform and inspire students about the craft, alternately referred to as “video journalism,” “backpack journalism,” or “citizen journalism.” To see examples of the craft, you can view, “When the Forest Weeps,” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wgqh6PGw1lg) which I shot, produced, wrote and narrated in 2015 while on assignment for American University’s Center for Latin American and Latino Studies (CLALS). My recent work also includes the 2015 documentary, “Afghan Dreams,” which I largely shot, produced, wrote and narrated, about four Afghan law students – all female – who defy all odds to compete in the world’s most important competition of international commercial law. In 2013, I shot, produced, wrote and narrated a three-part film series on religion and gangs in Guatemala. The three films, “I. The Gangs,” “II. The Researcher,” and “III. The Pastor,” are viewable on YouTube here, here, and here.

In addition, you can see student work at http://www.american.edu/soc/backpack/index.cfm

Saludos,Manual Esencial cover

Bill Gentile

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WASHINGTON, DC, 15 November 2016 — American University is featuring an article about my “Backpack Documentary en Español” class, the first-ever Spanish-language class to be taught in the School of Communication.

To read the article (in English), click HERE.

And below is a bit of information from my syllabus:

El primer curso impartido en español en la Escuela de Comunicación, Documental de Mochila en Español es un curso interdisciplinario impartido íntegramente en español para los estudiantes con alto dominio de la lengua. La clase es apropiada para los estudiantes de grado o de posgrado, así como los profesionales, que quieren aprender a producir, por ellos mismos, cortometrajes documentales para la televisión o Internet.

Este curso es el modelo de mi propia experiencia como periodista visual en el campo desde 1977, cuando fui a trabajar a Noticias de México como reportero / fotógrafo / editor. Un año más tarde estaba trabajando como corresponsal / editor / reportero gráfico en el United Press International (UPI). En 1985 cuando vivía en Nicaragua firmé en la revista Newsweek como fotógrafo Contrato para América Latina y el Caribe. En 1995 fui a trabajar con Vídeo News International (VNI), un audaz experimento puesto en marcha a mediados de 1990 y con sede en Filadelfia, Pensilvania. El fundador de VNI fue el primero en este país en entender que los avances en la tecnología digital podían revolucionar y democratizar el proceso de recopilación de noticias de televisión y la comunicación visual en general. Ahora, el Internet nos permite el acceso a los medios de distribución global.

Este curso se basa en la premisa de que un periodista de vídeo debidamente entrenado, solo o en un pequeño equipo de trabajo, puede contar historias con imágenes poderosas y palabras inteligentes, usando cámaras digitales de mano, de una manera más íntima, más inmediata, de comunicación más fluida de la se puede conseguir con un equipo de trabajo grande y de cámaras grandes al hombro — y por una fracción del costo. Las herramientas y las técnicas que se enseñan en este curso le ayudará a competir en el campo muy fértil y creciente que llamamos periodismo visual, o la comunicación visual.

El componente de “mochila” de esta metodología se refiere no sólo a la naturaleza compacta y la portabilidad de los equipos utilizados. También es una referencia a las aptitudes múltiples de sus practicantes. Durante este curso, usted aprenderá a utilizar algunos de los más modernos y sofisticados equipos disponibles. Y usted aprenderá las habilidades esenciales para la práctica efectiva del oficio.

Saludos,

Bill Gentile

(Photo by Jeff Watts)

Krysten Massa/The Statesman

Krysten Massa/The Statesman

“Rukmini Callimachi, a foreign correspondent for The New York Times, delivered the annual Marie Colvin Distinguished Lecture in the Student Activities Center on Tuesday night with a speech that illustrated what it means to be a journalist in an increasingly dangerous world.”

Read the full article here: https://www.sbstatesman.com/2016/03/09/foreign-correspondent-rukmini-callimachi-talks-about-covering-islamic-state/

Photo: Committee for the Prevention of Torture/Facebook

Photo: Committee for the Prevention of Torture/Facebook

Thursday, March 10, 2016: “A minibus carrying journalists and human rights activists on a tour of Russia’s Northern Caucasus region has been attacked by a group of masked men as it approached Chechnya.

A number of the journalists were beaten up and their bus was set on fire, in the latest incident of violence and intimidation against those who investigate rights abuses in the region.”

Read the full article here: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/mar/10/journalists-beaten-and-bus-torched-on-chechnya-tour-say-activists

Ugandan opposition leader Kizza Besigye, who is under house arrest, speaks during a news conference at his home on the outskirts of Kampala, the capital, on February 21. (Reuters/Goran Tomasevic)

Ugandan opposition leader Kizza Besigye, who is under house arrest, speaks during a news conference at his home on the outskirts of Kampala, the capital, on February 21. (Reuters/Goran Tomasevic)

“On February 29, 2016, Ugandan police arrested a total of eight (8) journalists. Six were arrested in Kasangati over allegations of inciting violence. Two others were arrested outside the State House at Nakasero over alleged criminal trespass.”

Read the full article here: http://allafrica.com/stories/201603041008.html

Picture of James Foley in Syria 2012, from the film "Jim: The James Foley Story." (Nicole Tung / HBO)

Picture of James Foley in Syria 2012, from the film “Jim: The James Foley Story.” (Nicole Tung / HBO)

“Jim: The James Foley Story”, a documentary on the life of the journalist James Wright Foley, who was executed by Islamic State, made its premiere on HBO earlier this week.

Read the full article here: http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/tv/la-et-st-jim-foley-movie-20160206-story.html

Thailand’s Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai at a press conference in Bangkok in 2015. He says the new media guidelines will curb ‘misleading’ coverage. (Reuters/Chaiwat Subprasom)

“The Committee to Protect Journalists is gravely concerned about new visa restrictions imposed on foreign reporters in Thailand that if fully implemented could restrict coverage of the country.”

Read the full article here: https://cpj.org/2016/02/thailand-tightens-visa-requirements-for-foreign-re.php