Here are the top 20 most viewed video stories on KobreGuide during the month of June 2009:
Pit Bulls: Companions or Killers?
Courtney Hawkins Comes Home
Bolivia's Women Wrestlers
Growing Up Online
Hungry: Living with Prader-Willi Syndrome
Second Chance: The Jazz Singer
Burned in the War
The Sand Dancer
The Girl in the Window
A Hendrix Experience in Hollywood
Journey Along the Border
Dangerous Encounters with Brady Barr
Being Aron Ralston
Gertrude Baines, 114, Votes
Stalemate in Korangal Valley
We're hard pressed to find a common denominator here -- the subjects and themes are wonderfully diverse. Some are serious, some are lighthearted. Many are bleak, others are hopeful. Just like TV execs trying to predict a new series' potential for ratings success, it would be foolish to pursue non-fiction video stories on the basis of what you think will be popular.
One element we search for in selecting stories worthy of KobreGuide is passion. As we scan the list above, we can't help but notice that, whether a story was produced by a major media institution such as the New York Times, or by an independent shooter, they all seem to exude a distinctive spirit, a tone that says, "Hey, look at this!"
The lesson here for videojournalists? Follow your gut. First make sure the story appeals to YOU. Then you'll naturally imbue a story with your verve, and your enthusiasm will become infectious.
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