The Columns

A One Man Band

— by on October 2nd, 2009

Scott Broom’s particular brand of reporting is generally known as “backpack journalism”— the notion being that a reporter carries everything from a pencil to a laptop to a video camera and takes a story from start to finish with the tools in his backpack. Scott’s been doing just that with a great deal of success (two local Emmys, nine AP awards and two Telly awards) for Washington, D.C.’s WUSA-TV. Now the 1983 W&L grad’s work is enshrined in the Newseum as the central feature an exhibit on the Digital News Revolution. Scott has described the exhibit on his blog site, One Man’s Band, where he admitted ambivalence about becoming the poster child for this new era of journalism since it’s based, at least in part on the need to trim costs — i.e., one reporter with a backpack vs. a three-person TV crew of day’s past. Scott is well versed in the tools of the digital trade, as his blog indicates, since you can subscribe to his Twitter feed, find his Facebook page, and look up recent stories on YouTube.