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I have been derelict my duty to you as a visitor to this site. No posts in a month or more is bad for me and a disappointment for people who have visited this site. SORRY!

There have been two developments this week that compel me to share this post with others who may be interested.

I recently purchased the Sony NX30 for my documentary work. The camera is sold separately but you can purchase Sony complete outfit called "Video Journalist Backpack." I can't afford the four grand to purchase it but I did want to see details on its contents and the construction of the backpack in which it was packaged. I already own most of the equipment that comes with the standard VJB.

In the process of researching that VJB topic I came across Bill Gentile and a video interview of him that you will probably like if you've read this far. He has a four-day course and a video version of his Backpack Journalism workshop. BTW, the interview video was originally a Google "Hangout" which is a great mechanism for live viewing and recording of content.

Bill Gentile is an independent journalist and documentary filmmaker teaching at American University in Washington, DC. His career spans three decades, five continents and nearly every facet of journalism and mass communication, most especially visual communication, or visual storytelling.

I've been studying storytelling to help me make my project more appealing and interesting. I'm more of a "Just the facts, mam" Jack Webb (Dragnet) kind of journalist so I need to humanize my work.

Take a look at Bil'ls videos on YouTube and check out the videos of his work on his own website.

The second development this week was my discovery that a mentor to me during my early years was elected to the Connecticut Journalism Hall of Fame. I'll do a separate post on that probably as early as tomorrow.