D.C. area TV reporters go “backpack”

According to The Washington Post, under a new agreement announced in late 2008, WUSA TV was to become the first station in the Washington area to replace its crews with one-person “multimedia journalists” who will shoot and edit news stories sion their own.

The Post reported:

The change will blur the distinctions between the station’s reporters and its camera and production people. Reporters will soon be shooting and editing their own stories, and camera people will be doing the work of reporters, occasionally appearing on the air or on in video clips on Channel 9’s Web site.

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