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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