Current TV is to mark out a weekly slot in its schedule to showcase its youth orientated global journalism that aims to stay ahead of the mainstream news agenda.
Vanguard Journalism, which will launch on 23rd March at 9pm, will explore global issues in a unique fashion aimed at attracting Current TV’s 16 – 34 year old audience to news and current affairs programming.
Each programme has been made by just one journalist and a producer and shot on a small DV camera. The 15-person Vanguard team, mostly made up of American journalists and producers, is currently recruiting a British based contributor.
Laura Ling, Vice president of Vanguard, said the reports would be global in nature and aimed to stay in front of events and ahead of the mainstream news agenda. She described Vanguard journalists’ style as ‘raw and unvarnished, personal and intimate”. ‘This is a journalism product for the hard to reach young audience,’she said.
Reports have included Christof Putzel’s investigation into the rise of neo-Nazi groups in Russia and their attacks on immigrants, former navy seal Kaj Karsen’s report into waterboarding – the controversial practice allegedly used by the U.S. government. British journalist Nina Garthwaite’s report on the practice of breast ironing adolescent girls in Cameroon to prevent teen pregnancies will also be aired in the new slot.
Vanguard special reports will play through the week on Current TV and can be viewed online at current.com/vanguard.
Created in 2005 by former U.S. vice president Al Gore and Joel Hyatt, Current TV claimed to be the first television channel produced by, for and with an 18-34 year-old audience.
Uniquely, one third of the channel’s programming is supplied by the audience which watches it. The channel operates as a hybrid between the internet and television platforms.
The schedule, which is designed for “media snacking”, is dictated by the viewers, via the Current TV website, who have the power not only to comment on videos but also “green light” programmes on to the television channel.
The Vanguard strand encourages audience contribution through Current TV’s VC2 (Viewer Created Content) concept. The network pays these VC2 producers when their short films (also known as “pods”) are shown on the channel.