Today we will:
- Discuss your written pieces. What information is missing? What do you do next?
- Discuss the value of slideshows. How do they tell stories? How can you tell better stories using them.
- Captions – what are they? How do they advance the story? We will discuss how to write good ones.
- Kobre reading review
Multimedia Wrap Up
Las Vegas Sun — Gambling Addiction
NY Times — Fixing a Church
LA Times — Israeli-Palestinian standoff
NYT Week in Photos
NY Times —CSI Experience
Photos that can be used like videos:
LA Times — USC band man
Examples of great storytelling:
Seattle Times — Guitar Lessons
Syracuse University — Orange mascot
Closer look at cutlines/captions:
- describe scene, then add information
- reinforce significance of event/story
- explain the evolution of the story
NY Times — Sudanese basketball
NY Times — Butcher Block (bad captions example)
Photojournalism Kobre Chapter 1
- News is always going on around you
- Your ‘radios & police scanners’ are Facebook, twitter, blogs, etc.
- Follow the news
- Keep in touch with a variety of contacts
- Find new ways of exploring ideas that have already been looked at
- Work with reporters (or in this case support other students)
- Plan to be working when there is action taking place – no office portraits!
- For this class you are creating your own ‘assignment’
- Have shots you want in mind prior to the shoot
- Think in threes: overall shots, medium shots, close-up shots
- Vary the angle from which you are photographing the subject
- Plan, but don’t hesitate waiting for the perfect moment
- Series of photographs can tell a more complete story
- Look for candid moments
- Think about when to film / photography beforehand
- Save room on your memory / carry a spare flash card
WordPress — adding an image to your blog
- (1) James Foust’s “Online Journalism” Chapter 10 (Gathering & Editing Media)
- –View: http://digitaljournalist.org/issue0110/nachtwey01.htm
- –View: http://lens.blogs.nytimes.com/ Find one entry that interests you and write about it. Why did you find it interesting? What did you learn? How does it apply to the class?
Post 5-10 photos you hope to use for your slideshow on your blog. Write captions for three of them. Be sure one of the photos is a scene setter/establishing shot, one is a middle range photo and one is a close-up or detail photo. We will discuss the photos, your captions and the arc of your slideshow story in class next week.