WASHINGTON, DC — Creating quality, enduring online video news content doesn't need to be expensive, but it has to be done with skill and credibility.

It is the skilled video producers who will emerge in this new ecosystem of online video news, those who bring strong journalistic skills, notably editing, to the effort.  These are the comments of Mark Whitaker, former editor-in-chief of Newsweek, now NBC News DC Bureau Chief, and Brendan Greeley, multimedia editor for The Economist.  

They were participants in Beet.TV Onlnine Video Roundtable in Washington on December 1st.

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We agree that this trend could have troubling consequences for the media business as we know it, and for society.

But for video news creators, the are big opportunities are for those who produce quality content using basic reporting skills. They will rise to the top.

Andy Plesser, Executive Producer 

Panelists at the post-roundtable reception (left to right), Brendan Greeley of The Economist, Mark Whitaker of NBC News, me, and Stokes Young, MSNBC.com's Multimedia Editor