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3340 Digital Story Telling Media Types Story Boarding February 28 08


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  • 1. Digital Storytelling & Tools University of North Texas Department of Journalism Online Journalism 3340 February 26, 2008
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  • 3. The Five ‘I’s
    • Interactivity
    • Involvement
    • Immediacy
    • Integration
    • In-depth
  • 4. Text Static Graphic: Photo Text Box Online Discussion Lurker Link
    • Interactive:
    • Timeline
    • fact box
    • Slideshow
    • map
    Quiz Interactive Game Interactive Flash Content Online Discussions Reporter Email Interaction/Involvement Continuum Low High The greater the interaction and involvement, the higher the learning
  • 5. Integration
    • “ Among-media”
      • Shovelware
      • Reproducing newspaper story as-is into newspaper
      • Posting video from newscast onto the web
      • “ I think that the great fear was that we were all going to turn into three-headed monsters and do three times as much work in eight hours, and you just can’t. And, furthermore, you probably won’t do it that well; particularly in a market this size you can’t afford to have a mediocre person on TV or a mediocre news writer.”
        • Jim Riley, Director of Operations, of
  • 6. Integration
    • “ Within-media”
      • Great reporting + multimedia using digital media tools: your pen, paper, digital recorder, digital video camera
      • Long form narrative meets digital story telling
      • Fully integrated into the story assignment process
      • Ability for more in-depth coverage
        • Better interviews
        • Greater consciousness of photos
        • Selected use of video
      • Fairness & accuracy still reign
  • 7. Digital Storytelling Tools
    • Shovelware out, Within Media In
    • It’s no place for lazy journalists
    • Dig deeper, report more, drive to find more sources, quicker
    • Need to be more accurate and more thorough
    • Search, research and verify
  • 8. Digital Storytelling Tools
    • Rules of the road:
      • Tighter, shorter copy
      • Section heads
      • Boldface type, bulleted presentations
      • Pull out quotes
      • Timelines
      • Links
      • Fact Boxes
      • Graphics
      • Visuals
      • Audio
  • 9. Digital Storytelling Tools
    • Drilling Down – What Really Works
      • Timelines
        • Old School: Static graphic in chronological order
        • New School: Dates, images, description, audio
      • http://www. reuters . com/news/globalcoverage/timelines
    • Quality Audio & Video
    • Slide shows
    • Story Boards
  • 10. Story Boarding
    • It’s all about nonlinear!!!
    • Divide the story into its logical, nonlinear parts, such as:
      • A lead or nut paragraph, essentially addressing why this story is important
      • Profiles of the main person or people in the story
      • The event or situation
      • Any process or how something works
      • The history of the event or situation
      • Other related issues raised by the story
  • 11. Story boarding
    • Change the way you think:
      • Avoid “First Part”, “Second Part”, etc.
      • Divide the contents of story into media elements
        • Video
        • Still photos
        • Audio
        • Graphics
        • Text
  • 12. Story boarding
    • Determine which pieces of story work best with video
      • What a great way to see, hear, watch
    • Decide which still photos you want
      • Creates moods, punctuates your text, adds context, richness
    • Which audio? And will still photos work with it?
      • Bad audio detracts from the story, the audio and the entire package
    • What about graphics
      • Animated graphics help show how things work
      • Go where no cameras can go: e.g. showing how things work, like cells or space
  • 13. Story boarding
    • Using maps
      • Google, government, satellite imaging
      • Showing neighborhoods, patterns of crime
    • Text
      • “ Chunking stories”. Q&A. First-person. Investigative.
    • Complementary media, not redundant
      • Match each element.
    • Interactivity means reader involvement