Mr. and Mrs. Jomo Stubblefield (rear) with workshop participants at the end of the training At least nineteen (19) young journalists ended a one-day video reporting and editing workshop in Paynesville last Wednesday, July 12. The training, facilitated by Mr. Jomo Stubblefield, an award-winning Liberian video journalist based in Washington, D.C. (USA), brought together reporters from the Daily Observer and Nubian FM.Mr. Stubblefield works for DCW50, a television station in Washington, D.C.The training provided the reporters with hands-on camera training, editing, and tips for producing quality video either with a flip cam, smartphone or more sophisticated video cameras. Stubblefield conducted the training in two parts: a class session held in the Stanton B. Peabody Memorial Library at the Daily Observer office and a field session at the ELWA Junction.According to him, the way journalists used to report news for the public has transitioned, especially with the availability of new technologies. Therefore, in order for journalists to report breaking news for their media outlets, they need to make use of iPhones or smartphones, to enable them to report efficiently. Smartphones and tablets with high-definition screens have enabled viewers to watch videos anywhere, he noted.“Apps and simple editing software such as Final Cut Pro X has lowered barriers to content creation. At the same time, bandwidth has become cheaper and more plentiful with the cost of mobile data plans falling in many countries,” said Stubblefield.Mr. Stubblefield challenged the journalists to build on the foundation of the craft by adding new media skills to their repertoires. “Today’s multimedia journalists need to possess strong writing skills and know how to use multimedia tools and software and be able to assess the multimedia potential of stories and determine which story forms are most appropriate. He explained that video journalists always need to pay attention to soundbites as well as focus on a particular scene because it helps relay the emotive content of the story to viewers.“We don’t have a growing generation of readers, but viewers. The sooner your video is uploaded to your website the faster you get your audience informed on current events. Video editing journalism makes it easier to get your audience to view your news in time. You don’t have to wait till the next day after writing your story to get it published in print,” he said.The workshop was done free of charge by Mr. as his way of giving back to Liberia and to the profession that became his passion. A sumptuous surprise lunch for the participants was prepared by Mrs. Stubblefield. The participants applauded Mr. Stubblefield for their willingness to sacrifice their to time to train young, aspiring journalists in multimedia storytelling, and gowned him.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Canadian Joshua Boyle, his American wife Caitlan Coleman and their three young children were released from captivity last October, five years after the couple disappeared in Afghanistan. Here is a timeline of their case.————July 2012 _ Joshua Boyle and Caitlan Coleman travel to Russia. They later move on to Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and finally to Afghanistan over the course of several months.Oct. 8, 2012 _ Caitlan Coleman’s father hears from Boyle for the last time before the couple is captured. Boyle said he was in an Internet cafe in what he described as an “unsafe” part of Afghanistan. The last withdrawals from the couple’s bank account were made Oct. 8 and 9 in Kabul. An Afghan official later said the couple had been abducted in Wardak Province, a rugged, mountainous Taliban haven.Late 2012 or early 2013 _ Coleman’s first child is born. Coleman was pregnant at the time of her capture, and her due date was in December 2012.June 4, 2014 _ Coleman’s family releases two videos of Coleman and Boyle in captivity, saying the clips were provided to the family in 2013. Boyle and Coleman are seen calling on the U.S. government to free them and their child from Taliban captors.November 2015 _ Coleman’s family receives a letter from Coleman in which she says she has given birth to a second child in captivity.Aug. 30, 2016 _ A video of Coleman and Boyle is posted on YouTube. In it, the Boyle says that their captors will kill them and their children “if the policies of the Afghan government are not overturned, either by the Afghan government or by Canada, somehow, or the United States.” A Taliban official has said the video was recorded in 2015.December 2016 _ Another video is posted online, this time featuring Coleman, Boyle and their two young children. In the video, Coleman urges governments on all sides to reach a deal to secure the family’s freedom.Oct. 12, 2017 _ U.S. officials say Pakistan secured the family’s release. According to officials, Coleman had a third child while in captivity. In a press release, the Pakistani military says Boyle and Coleman will be “repatriated to the country of their origin.”Oct 14, 2017 _ Boyle demands that his kidnappers be brought to justice for the “murder” of his infant daughter and the rape of his wife while they were in captivity.Oct 15, 2017 _ A Taliban spokesman rejected as “false and propaganda” the allegations of Boyle that his child was murdered and his wife raped during his captivity in Afghanistan.Oct 16, 2017 _ Boyle says he and his wife decided to have children while held captive because they always planned to have a big family and decided, “Hey, let’s make the best of this and at least go home with a larger start on our dream family.”Oct 17, 2017 _ Boyle said his wife had to be rushed to the hospital in Smith Falls, Ont., but he did not specify why she was taken there.Nov. 20, 2017 _ Caitlan Boyle tells ABC News how she and her husband did the best they could to raise young children in brutal conditions, using bottle caps and cardboard as toys and teaching their eldest son geography and astronomy.Jan 2, 2018 _ Boyle was arrested in Ottawa and charged with 15 offences. Court documents list them as eight counts of assault, two of sexual assault, two of unlawful confinement and one count of causing someone to “take a noxious thing, namely Trazodone,” an antidepressant. He also faced a charge of uttering a death threat and another of misleading a police officer.