Please forgive the work-related puffery. Or don’t, damn you.
But this video – Obama’s Paranoia Factor, produced as part of Guardian Unlimited’s US elections coverage, mightily entertained me, and I thought it might appeal to the journalism educators I know read this blog from time to time.
It shows the Guardian’s US correspondent Suzanne Goldenberg on the hustle earlier in the week (you know – way back when we thought Barack Obama was unstoppable). The film graphically demonstrates how the Obama campaign had become more secretive and controlling as it moved into the lead (also noted, if only in text, by the New York Times).
Suzanne’s in fine form as she beetles round interviewing campaign workers, fending off absurd requests from officials to stop doing what every good reporter does – asking lots, and lots, of questions. You don’t often get to see a journalist at work like this, which is what might make it useful for those j-deans out there.
Our exclusive series of election videos are, incidentally, proving a huge hit – imho they’re among the best bits of made-for-web journalism we’ve ever done. They’re doing much of what we first set out to do with video last autumn; tell the story using video when it’s appropriate, in a way that’s true to our values and style, and in a way that’s different to anything you’ll see on conventional TV – or other websites. They’re being put together by a talented US-based team assembled by Guardian Films, and including our own in-house producers, journalists and editors.
But we’re still learning – do let me know what you think. And do check out our Deadline USA blog – another new launch I think’s steaming along very nicely too.