In early 2015, a handful of video journalists from a few of New York's oldest, most prestigious publications—and from few of its hottest new ones—crowded around a shabby wooden table in the far-back corner of an old East Village bar. The point of the meeting was to talk about video: its current state, how it was changing, what it was becoming. After all, these were the folks who were creating the stuff that millions of people consume every day; how could they network amongst themselves, and also work together, to push this medium to more ambitious, greater, inspiring heights?
The next month, they convened again—same time, same place—and some more video journalists were brought along. The month after that, they moved to a larger space in Brooklyn—more VJs and some documentary filmmakers in tow—to hang, talk, drink. Some recently-published shorts were screened and discussed. Pizzas were ordered; the group talked shop late into the night.
These gatherings are an integral part of the Consortium's network. A monthly occurrence with a capped attendance (in an always-changing location), it's an I.R.L. place for members in New York and—now, also in—Los Angeles to come together to talk, watch, and chill with the city's online nonfiction video community, while good vibes abound. For those who don't live on either coast, or in the United States, the Consortium's online private forum is lively; our monthly newsletter keeps members informed.