Alternatives toTraditional Story Presentation Lizabeth A. Walsh, MJE
Ideas are everywhereKeep your eyes open for sidebar design &treatment ideas.oBillboardsoPostersoFliersoBrochuresoAdsoMagazinesoInternet pagesoOther schools’ yearbooks
Create a wall (or window, or door, or ceiling) Everyone gets to bring in ideas Post them during school time Then create an idea file for summer camp time Don’t be afraid to design them differently when you make them your own R&D DOESN’T stand for Rip & Duplicate. It means research and develop- on your own
A few examples from RHS We scoured magazines all year Wehad a plan for design elements- not complete designs or templates We changed ideas to fit our needs We have brainstorming & assignment sheets we use to gather ideas in a concrete manner (for grades & communication).
Alternative Copy Ideas Almost all the letters from A-Wbecause I couldn’t find ideas that began with J, K, R, U, X, Y or Z
A, B, C or 1,2,3 captions together Quite often you can group photos in a montage, mark them with letters, and caption the entire group together in a single caption space.
Advice box You can provide suggestions or advice in a small box that leads reader to other resources on the topic.
Bullet Entry Points Rather than having a very long block of copy, break it into smaller ideas with bullets or dingbats
Charts Tocompare, contract, or quickly list similar characteristics of dissimilar things, charts work quickly and are easily understood.
Cut out backgrounds with wrapped text or cutlines A COB’ed photo can illustrate or demonstrate without taking the space of a regularly placed photo. The text can wrap around the picture, creating a novel look.
Dramatic quotes If you have a quote that really creates an emotional impact on its own, use it to either caption the photo, or overprint it on a dominant photo.
Entry point subheadlines You can easily break up a large copy block with subheadlines that catch the reader’s attention.
Faces in the crowd Selecting a few students who stand out for some reason and highlighting them with a news brief is a nice incorporation of additional people.
Fast Facts When you have a longer story, the basic facts may be harder to find, so add a fact box to the layout and make things easier on the quick-read audience.
Good news / Bad news Covering news events in a news brief, rather than developed stories provides information quickly and efficiently.
He (or she) said it Doing a “they said it” or a “he said / she said” contrast are both good ways to capture ideas, moments, and random quotes.
Identification only Atthe very least, each person should be identified, but not every photo requires a complete caption in some circumstances.
Inside informationA “gossip” style column of random information about people (with their names colored or bolded) gets more people included in your publication.
List with montage Close-up photos of brand names or styles, along with the list of all fashionable things gives a time-capsule snapshot of the year.
Logo with fast facts Creating a logo for an event and then listing the brief facts about the event can provide information quickly and easily.
Meters and measuring devices Any kind of device that is used to measure things can also show an amount for your desired information.
Montage with captions Doing a photo montage with overprinted captions or overprinted ID bars can include more faces in your publication.
Numbers Using numbers to introduce ideas or statistics in a creative way can add interest.
Overprinting Eitherfading out a photo or reversing type to use some of the photo space can free up layout space and still provide vital photo information and a part of the story.
Photo essay Although you can simply use photos with a headline (or headline package), you should probably consider captioning each photo for maximum impact.
Q&A (verbatim transcript) Providing the original transcript, unedited, or edited very little, along with a headline package can be effective and easy.
Quiz To get readers to interact with the material, include quizzes and score charts.
Quotes as captions Ifwhat the person has said explains the picture and its importance effectively, just use it, and nothing else.
Quotes around the border Using a series of quotes and attributions around the border of a layout is an interesting way to add information.
Schedule Providethe schedule in an easy-to-read informational box.
Short story, great photo Sometimes the photo is award-winning, but the back story is boring. Just do a short story and let the picture do the talking.
Storytelling caption Anexpanded caption (instead of a cutline summary caption) can provide the 5Ws and H in three sentences with a headline.
Top 10 list Or whatever kind of numbered list you want to create can give lots of info quickly.
Vertical design w/ popouts Breaking up your page into both vertical and horizontal modules can give you more space for related information.
Who’s who or What’s what Running a vertical or horizontal module that lists names in the news or participants in an event, or equipment used, or whatever you want is easy and fun.
Words to live by Usingeither famous quotes or student quotes on a given topic can include more people and give your publication a “wise” feel.
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