Navy Imagery Insider November 2010Document Transcript
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For members of the PA/VI community Nov-Dec 2010 NI L NISI VERUM
and The Birth of Navy
by Mark D. Faram
he Aviation Photographic Unit was at his Connecticut home and take a stab at
U.S. Navy photos
not the usual military unit. documentary photography. He even spent
In an age of massive Navy task some time with early color film using 35 mm
groups and huge Army units made hand held cameras.
up of tens of thousands of men, Steichen’s He’d also been heavily influenced by
unit was a bit of an anomaly. the work of Roy Stryker’s Farm Security
That’s because it was a band of Administration photographers, who traveled
storytellers, experienced craftsmen who the country documenting the Depression.
worked alone — often thousands of miles So by the time the war started, he was
apart and rarely interacting with each other. itching to get back in the game. He wanted
“Concentrate on the men,” Edward to document the war.
Steichen, the unit’s commander, would task He tried to get back into the Army — he’d
his photographers. “The machines of war served in World War I in France, rising to the
come and go, but the men never become rank of lieutenant colonel and commanding
obsolete — tell their story, the struggle of aerial photography units. For his service,
the little guy.” the French government awarded him the
It was that work which captured images Legion of Honor, their highest decoration.
of combat and the drudgery of military life But by World War II, he was 62 and the
between battles that has brought to life that Army didn’t want him.
war and the people who fought it. However, he had friends in high places
Steichen was the greatest legend in who pulled strings and got him an interview
the world of photography. Throughout the with Capt. Arthur Radford, the head of
1930s, he had been the photographer to the aviation training at the Navy’s Bureau of
stars with his portraits gracing the pages of Aeronautics.
Vanity Fair and Vogue magazines. The Navy’s personnel machine suggested
By 1938, he retired at the top of his that Steichen be employed as a civilian.
game, saying he wanted to grow flowers Radford said that wouldn’t do — he needed
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Steichen in uniform.
Radford fought and won, and
Steichen entered active duty in
February 1942 as a lieutenant
commander. He started forming
his unit, which would operate
out of the Bureau’s Training
“We also discovered that it
was easier to get funding for
what we needed under the name
of “training,” said Lt. Wayne Images like Joe Rosenthal’s
Miller, the unit’s first member, flag raising on Mt. Suribachi
“Especially early in the war, during the war in the Pacific,
fewer questions were asked,” he and Eddie Adams’ 1968 photo
said. showing the execution of a
By the end of the war, Viet Cong suspect in Saigon
Steichen was one of the top during the Vietnam conflict, are
iconic and impactful, but are
officers in naval photography, rare moments in time. In most
commanding all combat units in cases, events will require more
the Pacific. than one photo to tell the story
His unit, initially six still effectively. I strongly encourage
photographers and one units to submit multiple photos
motion picture shooter, with each story.
remained separate, and these Here are some
photographers first documented recommendations to consider:
aviation training — fulfilling When shooting a ribbon cutting,
include some images of the
Radford’s initial vision. But By the end of the war, their facility being celebrated. If
Steichen wanted his men in work had been culled into a you are covering a speaking
the thick of the action, combat library of more than 14,000 event, include an image of the
documenting photo. images which are now in the introduction, images of the
Steichen quickly learned the National Archives. The work is audience, and multiple shots of
Navy’s system by working with historically significant not only as the presenter. If you are shooting
the Navy’s personnel leaders to a visual record of the war but also a major award there are at least
get his men orders that allowed for the impact it had in shaping two primary images: receiving
them to travel anywhere and the history of photography in the the award and receiving the
certificate, then look for possible
modify their itineraries en route. postwar years. family interaction, and close-
He set out to develop his Though the men were working ups of the award. Depending
own network of friends in high on stories at the time and some on the nature of the award, with
places, lining up the brass in were published that way during Navy’s first photojournalists some planning it is very useful
Washington to have their portrait the war, what most Americans and Steichen’s edict to his to include a shot of working
shot by “the famous Steichen.” have seen down through the photographers still holds environment. If they are a Sailor
The result was that he was years are just the single, iconic true — by concentrating of the Year, for example, arrange
able to not only get his unit images these photographers on the individual Sailors an opportunity to get an image
the equipment and film they took. and telling their stories, the of the Sailor on the job. Not only
will it compliment the story, but it
needed, but he was also able to One battle Steichen lost, photojournalists of today are helps to provide useful working
get them the access needed to however, was getting his showing the world what the imagery of our best Sailors and
put that material to work in the shooters names under their outstanding men and women civilians in the fleet.
field by getting his relatively “low images. At the time, all photos of the U.S. Navy do. Ask any editor, when you
ranking” officers carte blanche released from the Navy were provide zero options, you
to travel to and around the war credited only with “U.S. Navy dramatically increase the
zones. Photo” — the photographer’s *Editor’s note: Mark D. Faram, (JO1 chance of ending up on the
Steichen also had to fight the name was forbidden to be ret.) is an Advanced Visual Journalism editing room floor, and no photo
Navy’s cultural barriers. Before published. Though he fought Program (Syracuse) graduate and a with the story. As always please
writer and photographer for the Navy call us to discuss projects and
the war, photography was strictly throughout the war, he never Times. He wrote the book Faces of feedback.
an enlisted man’s game and it succeeded in getting that rule War: The Untold Story of Edward Speaking of feedback, it has
wasn’t “officer like” for them to changed. Steichen’s World War II Photographers been overwhelmingly positive
carry their own gear. These shooters were the for the first edition of the
“Insider.” So, thank you for your
continued contributions and
“Photography records the gamut of feelings written on the human face, the beauty comments; this is a community
of the earth and skies that man has inherited, and the wealth and confusion man has publication.
created. It is a major force in explaining man to man.” ~Edward Steichen ~CJM
DIRECTOR Christopher Madden Craig Clarke Navy Office of Information
EDITORIAL Mark D. Faram Pentagon RM4B514
Editor Kristina Miller Washington, D.C. 20350-1200
Staff Writers Oscar Sosa LAYOUT/ART MC2 Jay M. Chu Office: 703-614-9154 DSN: 224
Damon Moritz DIRECTOR
Contributors MCC Terrina Weatherspoon
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The Chinook crew chief
walked toward me. I had my
camera around my neck and
was sure he was going to tell
me to put it away. Instead
he asked, “are you a PAO?”
I said, “yes,” as I reached
for my badge. He said, “We
can harness you in near the
back and you can sit on the
ramp and take pictures out
of the back of the helicopter
if you’d like”.
That was not what I was
expecting to hear, and it
felt like I was listening to
someone else speak when story and photo by
“that sounds great!” flew out MCC(SW) Terrina Weatherspoon
at a time
of my mouth.
As the helo took off, I left
my seat and sat down on around. Dust as far as the
the ramp near the gunner. eye could see … and in a buddy of his received a
Pretty soon I was sitting the middle of all that dust, picture of his newborn son
right on the edge, my feet people and equipment. A week later, I’m in a in the mail. He snapped a
dangling hundreds of feet The Army was building a hospital room. A young picture of the Marine holding
in the air. I took some great combat outpost and we were man is receiving a Purple the photo of his son. The
photos that day both in the there to see their progress. Heart. It turns out that he Marine never made it home
sky and on the ground. I raised my camera and was closer to danger than from that deployment. After
That was truly the first time began looking through it for he should have been. My his tour was up, the MCC
I realized how fortunate I a photo. And then … click. commodore reaches down went to visit his buddy’s wife.
was to have this job, and My first photo was of an and places the medal on his That photo was framed on
also that I better not waste Afghanistan National Army shirt and shakes his hand. the wall. “I took that photo of
this incredible opportunity soldier standing perimeter With glassy eyes he looks at your husband,” he said. She
to show the world what they security holding an RPG. I the commodore and says, “I responded with, “thank you,
aren’t seeing on TV; that have to tell you, if I saw this will come back to the fight if it’s the only picture my son
even over the war-torn lands in America, I would have I can, sir, but I don’t know, a will ever have of him and his
of Afghanistan, you can look been shaken to the bone. broken back sounds pretty father.”
through the lens and capture But standing there, looking serious.” I thank God silently That’s why it’s important
a pretty picture. at him through a glass eye, for the camera. I keep it up that we are here and I
Two weeks later I’m I could have been taking a to my face. It was the only wouldn’t want to be doing
on a convoy headed to picture of butterflies. The thing covering my tears. anything else.
Shalghamy. When we camera made it feel less I’m grateful, though, that
arrived, I immediately got real. However, when I got while the camera covers my Editor’s note:
back later that evening and emotion, it is busy capturing MCC Terrina Weatherspoon is
out of the vehicle and looked
a Navy Reservist assigned to
downloaded the photos, the emotion of others. A CHINFO. She is also a regular
chills ran through my body. fellow MCC once told me contributor to the Navy’s Blog at
This job allows me to be that while deployed to Iraq, www.navy.mil/blog/
very close to danger. So
close in fact, I barely have to
use a zoom lens.
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I suppose that the Marine Corps never lavished with high praise but they should be
imagined an expeditionary mission being encouraged and grown. Commands that are
driven by Facebook, Twitter, blogs, Flickr and lacking a social media presence should move
YouTube, but we certainly established that in this direction. It is going to be exciting to see
precedent. how the use of social media grows. But ...
Information posted to social media by As someone who works in OSINT, I argue
Haitian nationals and aid workers helped us to that the easiest target to perform open source
navigate our area of operation, which was on collection on is the United States. The PA
Collection the southern peninsula west of Port au Prince.
In the initial stage of the operation, OSINT
community will have to manage DODs social
media presence so we do not enable the open
helped us determine who needed help, where source collection of our adversaries.
they were located, how to reach them, and what Case in point. Bataan posted to their
specific aid was needed — a kind of virtual 911 Facebook page during Operation Unified
Social Media call center. As the operation continued, OSINT
enabled us to effectively partner with NGOs
and aid organizations, getting them to a steady
Response a photograph of six Sailors with
the caption “A few of Bataan’s Cryptologic
Technicians. Whatever they do, it’s a secret.”
by Craig Clarke
state so that U.S. forces could redeploy. OSINT While not identified specifically, names are
also provided us with information on logistics, visible on their uniforms along with friends and
navigation, reports of violence, movements family further identifying them by commenting
of internally displaced persons (IDPs), aid on the photograph through Facebook. The
shortages, and the like. An overwhelming ship’s Facebook page is completely open
tsunami of information flowed out of Haiti for and viewable by anyone with an Internet
us to tap into. We issued a daily report ,seven connection.
days a week, over an eight week period, even This photograph is a very easy opportunity
working through two blizzards. for an adversary to build a targeting package
A large part of the information flow that on a group of Sailors that have access to
poured out of our AO originated from the public top secret material in their job as cryptologic
affairs community. PAOs posting to various technicians. Just using Google to search on
social media platforms greatly aided our efforts, their names reveals important information
helping us to formulate and strengthen our on several of these Sailors, including home
intelligence analysis. For example, USS Carl address, a recent property purchase, an
Vinson arrived on station less than 72 hours impending marriage, hometown and high
after the initial quake. Photographs posted to school, hobbies, places they frequent socially.
the ship’s Facebook page as their operation The list could go on.
unfolded told us an important story. IDPs were The U.S. is an open society and should never
overcrowding boats in ports trying to flee for exist in a closed vacuum. The public affairs
the undamaged rural countryside. Airdrops of community should reflect that when portraying
food, water, and medical supplies were proving the stories of our servicemen and women.
to be frenetic; boots would have to be put on They should never be faceless or nameless.
the ground to provide order to aid distribution But, some consideration needs to be given
points. Social media was doing its amazing job as to how we can disable adversaries in their
by staying out in front of a fast moving, quickly intelligence targeting. Would the Russians and
developing situation and enabling our OSINT Chinese salivate at the opportunity of having a
reporting. package of information on a Sailor that works
Photo by MCSN Aaron Shelley
On a daily basis, we tapped into several in the top secret crypto realm that included full
social media efforts: Facebook, Twitter, name, family, address, phone number, and
YouTube, and Flickr. places they visit regularly in social settings
Along with keeping us on top of events as while off duty? That goes without question.
they unfolded, these PAO social media efforts
greatly encouraged us and kept our morale Editor’s note:
high. For instance, we saw video of a Haitian Craig Clarke is the subject matter expert for
woman from one of villages giving birth aboard Open Source Intelligence at the Marine Corps
Intelligence Activity located at MCB Quantico.
Bataan via the ship’s Facebook page. As the
DOD distributed aid
Photo by MC2 Candice Villarreal
The intelligence community divides
the tradecraft of doing intelligence into
and saved lives,
disciplines, referred to as “the INTs.” The our intel shop saw
newest is a discipline known as Open the operation take
Source Intelligence (OSINT). It is defined as place in real-time on
publically available information that anyone
can lawfully obtain by request, purchase, or
observation for the purpose of addressing a YouTube, and Flickr.
specific intelligence requirement. We found From an intel and
this especially powerful during Operation PA perspective, Haiti
Unified Response, DoD’s humanitarian is where the DOD
response to the 2010 Haitian earthquake.
In Haiti, open source intelligence drove social media efforts
Marine Corps operations on the ground; matured and came
which included information derived from into its own. These
press reports, social media platforms, and efforts should not
only be lauded and
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by Oscar Sosa
vice versa by using a slow-shutter pan of
your subject and blurring everything else.
Ships also move… let us see it. Slow
the shutter for a passing ship or during an
underway replenishment. You can get all
sorts of unexpected results, including light
streaks, milky water, mixed lighting and
other surprises. This type of motion can
Part of our job as Navy photojournalists three Sailors holding up an SH-60 with be achieved in bright sunlight by enabling
is documenting our environment. This often a cargo pennant. It was shot at F/2.8 @ the “low” setting for the ISO in the camera
includes our shipmates, their activities 1/3200 sec. It would have been a much menu. Set the ISO to 50, dial the aperture
and the conditions they work under, better image if the photographer had up to F/22 and let the shutter speed drop
however, many times we find ourselves slowed the shutter speed down to 1/500 as low as possible. ISO 50 at F/22 on
taking pictures of equipment without the sec. or even as low as 1/125 sec. The a bright, sunny day at noon will give a
benefit of people in the frame. This type helicopter rotors are moving so fast that shutter speed between 1/30 and 1/15 sec.
of photography often produces static blurring them won’t affect people or other It’s always a good idea to have a circular
and uninteresting images that tend to do objects moving near the aircraft. Keep polarizing filter sized for at least one of
nothing more than document an inanimate in mind that the focal length of your lens your favorite lenses. A polarizing filter gives
object. Stuff on a ship’s deck is fine for affects the apparent motion of the rotors. more vibrant skies, cuts down on glare
forensics work or general documentation You will need a slower shutter speed and can substitute for a neutral density
purposes, but static, lifeless images of for a wide-angle lens than you will for a filter. I do not recommend a neutral density
materiel don’t translate well for journalism. telephoto lens, however if you keep your filter, as the usefulness of that filter does
not justify the expense, however, it is the
best way to reduce the light getting to the
Camera tricks are not a substitute for
One of the easiest ways to give life to shutter speed down around 1/500 sec., or understanding your subject and working a
an inanimate object is to convey a sense of slower, you will achieve good results. situation. Shutter drags, panning shots and
motion. This can be accomplished through Another way to show motion is to blurred movement are useful techniques,
a variety of photographic techniques, most show motion [no, not a typo]. People, but they can be overdone. Ultimately, it’s
of which require no additional equipment aircraft, weapons, vehicles, ships and important to take every opportunity to
other than a camera, sometimes an off- other shipboard equipment are designed to experiment and seek mentors who are
camera flash, and always a photographer move. We are not a static Navy; we move good at it, because they’re out there. If
willing to put thought into work. and often move fast. Show it. An F/A-18 you’re part of a small shop or you are the
The most frequent examples that launch photographed at 1/5000 sec. is a shop, check out the photo gallery on
come into NVNS are images of “model shot of an aircraft just sitting on the flight Navy.mil and find MCs who are getting the
helicopters” that look like they’re deck. By slowing the shutter you can give cool motion images… then contact them for
suspended in the air with invisible strings. the viewer a sense of the dynamic nature insight and tips. Think before you trip the
There’s just something not real about a of the flight deck. Use juxtaposition to shutter and you will come up with a unique
helicopter flying with the rotors stopped. illustrate motion by focusing on a stationary way to tell the Navy’s story.
The image above is a good example of subject and blurring the moving object, or
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GOT June 30, 2010. Take time to review some of
the other training tips available at this link.
Use care when developing your slates. With
to ensure that the Navy’s story is told for
future generations through visual information
resources produced by the fleet.
by Damon Moritz
released print stories, misspelled words and The Collective Fix
Navy video is absolutely critical to grammar can be easily corrected; in a video
successfully communicating the Navy story. So much is happening in the Navy right now
slate, not so much. In each case, the entire beyond just uniforms; aircraft and ships are
Are you documenting what is going on aboard slate must be removed, reconstructed, and
your ship or station? being retired, completely new platforms like
edited back into the original video product. the San Antonio-class LPDs and LCS littoral
Perhaps the perception is that NVNS is only Sometimes it is good to get back to the
interested in breaking news; nothing could be ships are coming online and there is a huge
basics. Still media and video should be demand signal for HD video content to tell
further from the truth. identified by a VIRIN, not a noun name.
Almost daily, NVNS receives requests for their story. Our available library is, however,
Imagine what happens when NVNS significantly challenged.
specific video on a wide variety of topics, from receives multiple files with the noun name
an even wider variety of requestors. In many NVNS works with a number of movie
“primecuts.mov”. One of them gets overwritten companies and documentary producers and
cases they are unfamiliar with the subject, and or mistaken for the other, creating confusion.
have little understanding of what distinguishes they are consistently asking for seemingly
That is why the VIRIN is so critical to a routine video.
a Super Hornet from a Hornet, a Sea Sparrow sustained and organized workflow.
from a Harpoon, or the CH-53E helicopter Please take some time to document the
from a MH-53E. History and Full Life Cycle following in high definition [if capable] and
Ninety percent of these requests are in Ask yourself these questions. “When was send us tapes as soon as practical.
search of products to complete stories already the last time my command sent in a video for • Ship’s ID or command ID (aerial, signs,
in full production, and as a result the deadlines the historic record?” Is your command being labels, hull number, full rig)
are extremely short. considered for the national record? • Firsts and lasts (flights, deployments,
These short deadlines make direct tasking In most cases the video files we are getting leadership)
impractical. Simply put, if we don’t have it meet today’s immediate news standard, • All hard-mounted weapons (CIWS,
already in the database, then it is likely the but they don’t stand the test of time. Film Advanced Sea Sparrow, RAM, guns etc).
Navy will miss an opportunity to tell its story. producers, documentarians and historians • Aircraft (launches, recoveries,
The best answer is to explore ways to keep a are unlikely to use a QuickTime or Windows maintenance, weapons upload etc.)
consistent flow of up-to-date video coming into Media Player file as a permanent record. • All of the operational spaces (combat,
NVNS during the course of normal operations. When we are trying to fill a request for the navigation, bridge, etc.)
For example: We suggest forwarding prime next “Transformers” movie or the TV series • Sailors during evolutions depicting
cuts to NVNS from the video used in the “NCIS”, compressed files just do not stand up. teamwork, training or readiness
production of an All Hands Update (AHU); There is no argument, the Navy PA and • Life as a Sailor (berthing, church,
thereby supporting two products with the VI team did a really good job in Haiti. NVNS recreation, PT, games, MWR trips, etc.)
same video; the proverbial two birds with one continues to review hours and hours of • Weather (the weather’s impact on
stone. original video tape, transferring prime-cuts Sailors, ships, buildings and equipment)
The Navy uses many different brands and to XDCAM and forwarding to DIMOC for • Civilians, Reservists and families.
versions of video editing software and this eventual National Archives consideration; but Fleet-wide participation is needed in order to
can cause confusion when preparing files this has been the exception. properly document the full scope of our Navy
for transmission. It is not possible to give a In all respects the PA/VI team is also the today. NVNS is here for one reason, to get
step-by-step guide for exporting video for U.S. Navy’s historian. Everything we produce your quality products into FULL distribution as
each platform. Instead we offer some general becomes an official record. The print stories, quickly and as accurately as possible to help
guides with common settings: radio productions and video products are tell the Navy’s story, now and into the future.
Go to www.chinfo.navy.mil/visualnews/ all historically significant. Per OPNAVINST Nothing is perfect, but there is nothing
training.html and select Video File Notes – 3104.1A, and SECNAVINST 5720.44B, and wrong with trying to get there.
5720.47B, NVNS has a duty and requirement
Navy Visual News Service video editor
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LINKS to KNOW
1. JayCut 4. We Are Photographers 7. Graphic Design & Publishing Center
A free online video editor you can use A website by and for photographers with Information exchange on a variety of
to upload videos, photos and music to tips, regular photo contests and critical design topics. You’ll find resource links
create and share material. reviews of submitted photographs. and articles on photo editing software,
http://jaycut.com/ www.wearephotographers.com website design, social media, typography,
layout and graphic design.
2. Lynda.com 5. Pdfcrowd www.graphic-design.com/
Online training website with topics Free website to create PDFs from HTML or
ranging from digital photography basics web pages.
to 3D software design techniques. Some http://pdfcrowd.com
instruction is free, though monthly fee
gains you full access to all material. 6. The Edit Foundry
www.lynda.com A blog from the National Press
Photographers Association with tips on
3. Newslab various aspects of video editing.
Blogs, news and commentary on creating http://blogs.nppa.org/editfoundry/
better news stories plus helpful listing
of resources worth spending your time FROM THE EDITOR:
going through. We need your input! This section is meant to share online resources
www.newslab.org that help us all increase our knowledge of visual imagery. While the
NVNS staff has a laundry list of favorite VI sites, we’d like to hear
what you have bookmarked. Send us any sites that you have which
offer tips, training or even just inspire your VI work.
Desperately Seeking... Events and Deadlines Navy Style Guide
Holiday Imagery. How do we 1. The CHINFO Merit Awards Ships: On first reference, refer to
celebrate the holidays away from Submission deadline Jan. 31, 2011 ship as follows: The amphibious
home? Whether in the middle of www.chinfo.navy.mil assault ship USS Nassau (LHA
the ocean, desert or in between, 4), the Military Sealift Command
an important part of our Navy’s 2. The Thompson-Ravitz Awards ammunition ship USNS Flint
story for the public (and history) is Entry deadline March 25, 2011 (T-AE 32).
how we spend the holidays away pa-net.navy.mil/eRoomReq/Files/
chinfo/PANET/0_f7f39/5305.7B.pdf On second reference, do not use
from family. We are particularly
USS or ‘the’ before the ship’s
lacking in video of this period, so 3. Photoshop World East
name. For example: Nassau is
spend some time documenting this March 30 - April 1, 2011
on a deployment in the western
occasion with both media. Orange County Convention Center
Orlando, Fla. Pacific region.
Reserve Component. While we photoshopworld.com/register/
are all one team now, thanks to the If the ship has a multi-word name,
Active Reserve Integration, there is be sure to include the whole
4. National Association of Broadcasters
still significant value in showing the name on second reference. For
April 9- April 14, 2011
public how the Reserve Component Las Vegas, Nev. example: the aircraft carrier Dwight
(RC) trains and integrates with www.nabshow.com/2010/default.asp D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). Dwight
the Active Component. In order D. Eisenhower is on deployment
to do that, we need images with 5. Photoshop World West in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of
captions that indicate when RC September 7-9, 2011 responsibility.
Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino
members are in them. There is a Aircraft: Include the specific
Las Vegas, Nev.
large spectrum of opportunities, so aircraft type. For example: SH-60
send in any quality imagery you Sea Hawk helicopter, F/A-18C
get. Again, still and video media is Hornet strike fighter jet.
Sea Hawk is two words.
All references to commercially available sites and services are provided for informational purposes only, without Department of the Navy endorsement.
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good quality and compelling applicant’s command (or the by the PAO or MC who is the public affairs approval authority for the
visuals. Explore recent case individual) is responsible for command, as this will be the individual who will be responsible for
studies and effective examples paying per diem, travel and any any images, podcasts, etc., that are posted on the local command’s
of video journalism produced incidental fees. A vehicle is not website.
with these new hybrid reporting required as lodging is walking As soon as you have completed your MOU and it has been
tools and get tips on how to best distance for each, though NPPA approved, you will be able to post material on your page. Training for
use the DSLR in your shop. If participants will find a car useful the new features is built directly into the system.
you don’t have it already, NVNS when going out on assignments. If you do not have an account on CMS and you have been using
will provide a kit for the duration To apply, please send the external submission site on Navy.mil to submit stories, contact the
of the seminar. the following to Christopher Navy News Staff at firstname.lastname@example.org or (202) 433-3846 to
Madden at navyvisualnews@ set up an account. Submit your rank/rate, name, contact information
Poynter seminar two is “The
navy.mil and lead public affairs officer, and we will set up an account for you.
Backpack Video Storyteller I
Your command must have a CMS account before completing the
(B432-11)” and it runs April 4-8. • A 100-word professional
Application deadline is Jan. 20. biography written in the
Navy.mil serves as a touchstone of information about the Navy. Act
This program will show you how third person
now to take advantage of the tools at your disposal to tell the Navy’s
to write, report, photograph, • A 250-to-500-word essay story. Please contact us with any questions.
even edit your own video stories describing your daily
for online and/or broadcast duties, the relevance of
when you’re alone in the field. the seminar to your job,
You will learn the fundamentals your goals for the seminar Are you in the loupe? by NVNS Staff
of light, motion, sequencing, and how you will apply the NVNS produces a three minute multimedia production each week
natural sound and character training to your work. we call “U.S. Navy Week in Review.” These productions use video and
development. We also will • A letter of endorsement by still imagery received from the fleet during a given week, mixed with a
teach you the ethics of video CO, Dept head or PAO. contemporary music soundtrack. We post them to the Navy Facebook
storytelling and editing, and Commands will be notified of page on Saturday mornings, and have slowly gained a loyal following
how telling video stories online winners in writing. with many of our 200 thousand-plus Navy friends; they are also posted to
Holiday Message High resolution versions of each production can be downloaded from
the Navy Outreach Video Player on CHINFO’s Navy PA Resource Web
As we move into the holiday season, those of us Site at: www.chinfo.navy.mil/pages/outreach/videoplyr.html
at CHINFO would like to take this opportunity to Download them to support your briefings and outreach engagements.
thank you for your continued efforts in all that Periodically we elect to produce feature presentations to commemorate
you do for our community, our Navy and our important events. Most recently we commemorated the attacks of 9/11,
country. Know that we value your efforts in telling the tenth anniversary of USS Cole bombing, the Centennial of Naval
the Navy’s story. We also know that many of you Aviation, and a special Navy Birthday tribute that CNO presented at the
will be deployed over the holidays, so no matter Washington, D.C., Navy Ball and Three-Four Star conference.
where you are please take care of each other. Just like the lottery, you must play to win. So keep sending in your
Best wishes to all of you. imagery and video products so we can make sure these productions are
as complete a snapshot of America’s Navy, a global force for good.
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