The Armed Forces have developed several ways to tell its stories to the media and the public. There are all sorts of images and audio/video on the Defense Department Websites, plus the Pentagon Channel for the television set AND the Internet.
Another one is Digital Video and Imagery Distribution System (DVIDS), which provides a steady stream of digital content for the media and the public from its Website, www.dvidshub.net.
Members of the Farah Provincial Reconstruction Team visiting an orphanage in Afghanistan
The site includes B-Roll, complete stories, greetings from soldiers, and much more. The content comes from the military, from its official news sources and (through proper channels) from soldiers and others in the field. It’s available to the public, and media can request broadcast quality and HD the copious images get images of audio/video.
The hand behind the site is the Third Army/U.S. Army Central (ARCENT) on behalf of the Department of the Army in support of all branches of the U.S. military and its Coalition partners serving in the U.S. Forces Central Command (CENTCOM) area of responsibility.
Third Army/ARCENT has a contract with Atlanta-based Crawford Communications Inc. to provide this service. Crawford employs civilians to fulfill the contract as media representatives, video editors, web developers and satellite transmission technicians.
And it’s all public information, for anyone to use or distribute.
The military is all over the world, and DVIDS content is all over the map. Stories made available just on April 19 include one on the actions of midwives in Afghanistan; a description of weather risks in Africa; an item on dental health; and a slew of breaking timely news items from around the military.
It enables easy searches for content, provides RSS feeds, and fresh content around the clock.
It makes finding content about as easy as could be demanded… and DVIDS (www.dvidshub.net) is the Government Video Website of the Week!
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