Put the story first

The biggest challenge to effective citizen media is not the technology or lack of funds and/or public support. It is ego.

The hosts, talent, and crew that put the story 1st, succeed. Storytelling is the original social medium for humans. At its best, it is emotional and creates personal value. It is in our DNA. You are not what makes what you are showing or exploring have value it is the connections made in the telling that create the value.

If you let you in your work be invisible; the storytelling will benefit. Apply what you know. Create a compelling open, let the images speak, take the unexpected gifts from serendipity, volunteer crew, and the unplanned with openness. Stay connected to what you are trying to share because if you lose your way so will the viewer.

Good luck.

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