Refugees story via DSLR – life of the story

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First, the most obvious advantage to using a DSLR video camera lies in its size . Compared to professional video cameras , it is actually  small and easy to handle. In addition to convenience in handling , the advantage of his size lies in the fact that people do not see it as something “foreign “, as is the case with the camera, so they tend to be more relaxed in it’s presence.

At the same time , its size and ergonomics proved to be a disadvantage in situations when the situation on the ground requires a swift response . Although small , and convenient to use , DSLR demands a lot of accessories that can be mounted on the camera body . Therefore , in times of unplanned situations , a person who works with the camera must be able to respond quickly to the camera , for example, put a new lens or LED light panel .
Furthermore , an advantage in using DSLRs is the storage medium of video. These cameras use a small memory cards and record video in formats that are supported in all simple editing programs. That enables quick and easy publication of content.

Refugees in our FRAME

First experience with the refugees telling their own story




“I miss my wife and 3 children”

 The first wave of refugees arrived in Croatia in early October. Looking at the heartbreaking images in the news we, as humans, felt the need to help those people. But, being journalist, our curiosity made us step outside and go witness this European crisis, firsthand. Even though we didn’t get any ‘official’ journalist task to go and produce ‘refugee story’, we went to Croatia-Slovenia border without big expectations. The only thing we knew is that we want to hear these peoples stories. We gave them water and food and we talked to them. After hearing their stories, we decided that they’re worth hearing. One of the nicest people we met on the border was Syrian Riaz. He refused rifle Syrian army and fled the country. He didn’t want his 3 children to see their father as a killer.Leaving them, and his wife, behind was the hardest thing he ever did. He seeks a better life in Sweden where his family should join him after he earns enough money to pay for their trip.


TIMELINE of our story

from videoblog via feature to “news”

First thing we did was publish our mostly “raw edited” video on Facebook of a daily tvshow that we both work for.

It was Saturday evening and the show wasn’t on so that was the only way of making our content public. The video was without voiceover and it was 3 minutes long.

On Monday, when our editors saw big view numbers on videos that we put on our Facebook page they decide to run a shorter version of our video with voice over on air. First we made a short feature for “Hrvatska uživo” show.



When show “Hrvatska uživo” ended we made even shorter feature for evening news “Dnevnik 3”



What we learned

Television is great platform to promote your web contents. Also, as we live time of fast producing news stories on all platforms television became a gatekeeper for best and most important stories for targeting specific audience. In our experience, television was great platform to show a different refugee story in a block of latest news about refugees, but when you have a small space of time to run a news you can’t show a lot so social web is a great platform to show more. Also, using the social medias such as Facebook in this example was great to communicate with your audience via inbox and comments. Moreover, when you post fallow up videos on your Facebook page you can track the statistics that can help editors to decide what kind of stories they can put on TV shows to increase the viewership.

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