I wrote news stories & column, shot photos and enjoyed being the one who reported what was happening in a town, city, country, nation or world.
Now, however, the new jargon for what I do is “hybrid.”
A “hybrid,” I am told is a journalist who writes, takes photographs, and shoots video.
So I guess “hybrid” is another word for “multi-media journalist.”
Like many “vintage” photojournalists, I got into video late in my career. My wife and I shot a documentary on the Disney Company’s aborted attempt to open a historical theme park in Northern Virginia. A documentary, “A Real Mickey Mouse Operation,” is not available for public viewing because all and total distribution rights were purchased, secretly, by a foundation controlled by Disney and the film sits on a shelf somewhere.
But we like shooting documentaries and continue to do so today. In addition, I shoot news and feature videos for TV stations and web sites.
So I am now a “hybrid,” someone who can use different forms of media — sometimes separate but more often together — to tell a story.
Call me a hybrid if you want but I still consider myself a newspaperman.