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I entirely understand the dilemma and your reservations. I have the same ongoing concerns, although mine revolve more around multitasking as I'm gathering content on the road. Mitch (senior producer) and I have spoken about this at some length too.

Trying to capture good audio, acquire video, shoot stills, blog, tweet, etc. while on location with only one or two people becomes too much. I often feel like a failure after these production trips. In choosing to do many things, what's sacrificed? I'm trying to make better decisions once I get there to choose my poison and stick with telling the story that way -- albeit with some regret at times knowing that I've missed an opportunity on film, for example.

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