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5030 Digital Story Telling Media Types Story Boarding  February 28 08 5030 Digital Story Telling Media Types Story Boarding February 28 08 Presentation Transcript

  • Photojournalism on the Web & Digital Storytelling University of North Texas Department of Journalism Visual Journalism February 28, 2008
  • The Five ‘I’s
    • Interactivity
    • Involvement
    • Immediacy
    • Integration
    • In-depth
  • Basic Tips for Good Photos
    • Range of Values
      • Understanding your lighting
      • Contrast
      • Shadows
    • Clear, sharply focused subjects
      • Too far away
      • Not focused
  • Composition & the ‘Rule of Thirds’
    • Understand where all objects are in the picture
    • Use your naked eye AND look through your viewfinder
    • Divide the picture into thirds – The main object or action of the picture should be near one of the intersecting points.
  • The “Decisive Moment”
    • Photos have to ‘tell’ a story
    • Some circumstances are easy:
      • Academy Awards; Principal awarding the diploma; a ‘handshake’ closing a deal
    • Others are more difficult
      • Keep shooting until you get it
      • The “Aha” Moment
      • Feel it in your gut
  • Challenges/Opportunities Digital Photography
    • Unlimited capacity
      • The Ol’ Days: Limited space, wrong photo, badly cropped, size of photo doesn’t do event justice
      • Slide shows, photo galleries
    • Multiple publishing formats
    • More tools to improve quality – or manipulate
    • Control
      • Greater control on which images to use
      • Higher risk of managing copyright – ethical issues
    • Flexibility
    • Immediacy
    • Permanence/Archival
    • Interactivity
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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