Finishing Touches. Burgundy Smith, senior, grooms her horse before the next class at the 4-H Spring Show in Salina. Smith and her horse Patches went on to place high point overall in the show. “I was really excited about winning high point, but I didn’t really think we could do it,” said Smith. Photo • Johnson
Every photo should have a caption for adequate identification of its contents and to insure its historical value.
Be certain that you write cutlines NOT cutelines .
Captions that talk to the photo or make insinuations and those that take liberties with the feelings of the person(s) in the photo are not only unjournalistic and in poor taste, they are also downright illegal.
Any staff that uses gag cutlines is opening itself up to problems ranging from black eyes to lawsuits.
What will be important to the readers of this book now and 20 years from now?
Make sure to identify everyone by name, grade, or position.
Instead of saying that John Jones is welding, since that should be obvious to even the slowest of readers, say that John Jones, a fourth year art student, is in state competition for a sculpting scholarship.
Preparing for a KAY meeting , juniors Jennifer Mastin, Megan Wilkerson, and Amber Schartz fill cups with ice prior to a pizza meeting in the commons. Pizza meetings were help to accommodate members who could not make meetings held after school. “It’s fun knowing that we can have meetings and learn how we can help people or do something good for the community,” Mastin said. Photo • Stevens
Expanded captions should range from 3-4 sentences.
Answer the 5W’s and H in every caption.
Interview those involved in the photo as well as those associated with the event or activity.
Direct quotes make the caption come alive to create a “you are there” effect.
LAST TO LEAVE . In a deserted hallway, freshman twins Chance and Bill Terry wait for the 5:45 p.m. bus to pick them up and take them home three hours after the final bell. Because the brothers live next door to the bus driver, and 15 miles in the opposite direction of the driver’s route, they hang out until the bus swings back past the school. “I would much rather goof off at school than ride the route with 35 screaming first graders,” Chance said. Photo • Stevens
Write an expanded caption. Answer these questions before you begin to write the caption. Use your name for the photo credit. Include a quote you think would be appropriate for this photo. Who: What: Where: When: Why: How: