In "Video's Gutenberg Moment" (page 44), Jim Epstein looks at how the VX1000, an affordable digital video camera from Sony, helped revolutionize video production. Epstein, 37, has been a producer with Reason TV for four years. Before that he worked for Channel Thirteen, New York's flagship PBS station. Epstein was an eyewitness to the video revolution: His first camera was a successor to the VX1000. "I saw firsthand how that little camera threatened the Beta crews that still dominated when I started," he says. And he notes that the rise of affordable digital video equipment has made projects like Reason TV possible. In a few years, he believes, "Reason TV won't be buying cameras. We'll all just be using our phones or some high-tech wearable device to shoot our stories."
Reason TV Producer Todd Krainin is the author of "The New Presidential Propaganda" (page 60). Before Krainin joined reason in 2012, The New York Times published his exposÃ© of law enforcement officials who instruct Boy Scouts to fight terrorists and arrest illegal immigrants. His photography of the Nepalese Civil War won first prize at the Prix de la Photographie Paris in 2007. Krainin, 42, has produced dozens of videos for Reason TV, but his favorite is "Jay Austin's Beautiful, Illegal Tiny House," because, he says, "it's a classic David-and-Goliath narrative, the story of one modest guy's struggle against a massive, impersonal zoning authority."
Reason TV Managing Editor Meredith Bragg, 38, oversees the production of more than 300 original videos each year. Before coming to reason in 2009, he worked for ABC Radio, C-SPAN, and washingtonpost.com. He has also produced videos for Warner Brothers, Smithsonian magazine, and AT&T. What he likes most about his work is the "storytelling aspect of production," he says. "I find the entire process a perfect mix of craft and art."