What makes a good slideshow?

Today we will:

  1. Discuss your written pieces. What information is missing? What do you do next?
  2. Discuss the value of slideshows. How do they tell stories? How can you tell better stories using them.
  3. Captions – what are they? How do they advance the story? We will discuss how to write good ones.
  4. 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:

Captions should:

  • 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)


Kobre Reading:

Photojournalism Kobre Chapter 1

  1. News is always going on around you
  2. Your ‘radios & police scanners’ are Facebook, twitter, blogs, etc.
  3. Follow the news
  4. Keep in touch with a variety of contacts
  5. Find new ways of exploring ideas that have already been looked at
  6. Work with reporters (or in this case support other students)
  7. Plan to be working when there is action taking place – no office portraits!
  8. For this class you are creating your own ‘assignment’
  9. Have shots you want in mind prior to the shoot
  10. Think in threes: overall shots, medium shots, close-up shots
  11. Vary the angle from which you are photographing the subject
  12. Plan, but don’t hesitate waiting for the perfect moment
  13. Series of photographs can tell a more complete story
  14. Look for candid moments
  15. Think about when to film / photography beforehand
  16. Save room on your memory / carry a spare flash card

WordPress — adding an image to your blog





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.































About jkbiehl

Jody Biehl is the Director of the Journalism Certificate Program at University at Buffalo.
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