Beet.TV has posted a short video interview with Kevin Roach
, Vice President for Broadcast News for the Associated Press. Roach gives a quick overview of the training for, and early results from, the AP's efforts over the past two years to have its reporters and still photographers create video and hybrid still/video stories using consumer and more advanced still/video cameras, especially the Canon EOS 5D Mark II.
Update (11:00am, Feb 22 2011):
In another short interview
with Beet.TV that was posted on Feb 10, 2011, Roach made some comments on the broader adoption of online video by U.S. newspapers that stand partially in counterpoint to his description of the AP's apparently enthusiastic commitment to video for newspapers.
According to the text written by Beet.TV's Andy Plesser that accompanies the interview, a study of 100 U.S. newspapers conducted by the AP under Roach's direction shows that many newspapers are cutting back on their online video efforts due mainly, in Roach's opinion, to the recent recession. Roach goes on to say that he believes video is an essential part of the future of newspapers and that the surge in social media and the widespread use of tablet devices like the iPad will fuel the desire for video by news consumers.
First video discussing the AP's training and experience with the EOS 5D found via DSLR News Shooter