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Today I got a tip that there was a tightrope walker set up outside of Crestview Hall on the IU Southeast campus. My journalistic spidey sense, of course, tells me there’s something interesting there, so like any good news adviser, I try to get in touch with my students. But, alas, all the editors are in class or off campus. So, I decide to go cover the story myself and use an example for class.

It turns out the guy was not a tightrope walker; he was a slackliner. The video explains the difference. He was a student, just killing time between classes.

Used the video camera and audio recorder on my cell phone, and edited with free audio and video editing software. All in about an hour from start to finish. It was a lesson in mobile journalism (mojo), or backpack journalism, or just-get-the-job-done-with-whatever-the-hell-you-got journalism.

I used it in class for a teachable moment, but I thought I’d post it here, too. Enjoy.