Online Journalism

Chapter six: Visual storytelling with photographs

February 18th, 2011 · Comments Off on Chapter six: Visual storytelling with photographs

“Journalism without photographs is like writing without words,” says according to Mark Briggs, author of “Journalism Next.” In this day and age, we are lucky to have digital technology because it’s made our life much easier. No more taking those big bulky cameras out to site.

Some old-timers might relish in classic technology and not realize the advantages of digital photography such as:

- Taking as many pictures as you want

- Seeing the picture you took on your camera there and then

- Uploading pictures to the web for your network to see

- Editing the pictures on a computer

- Not needing to purchase film every 24 pictures

Some of the best software to use in conjunction with digital photos:

iPhoto, Windows Photo Gallery: Good for basic photo editing

Picasa, Flickr, Photobucket: Good for managing your photo collection online

Photoshop Elements, Pain Shop Pro: Good for advanced photo editing

Photoshop: Good for serious photographers and web designers

For more tips on taking and editing photos, check out this tutorial:

Click here to view the embedded video.

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Chapter 5: Mobile journalism

February 18th, 2011 · Comments Off on Chapter 5: Mobile journalism

According to a research poll in the Daily Telegraph, children living in the United Kingdom receive their first cell phone at the age of eight. Similarly, two-thirds of all Americans own a cell phone.

Shocking?

Amusing?

Boring?

Well, either way, we can all agree that mobile journalism is changing the news world. It brings the story a more personalized view point all the while telling it as soon as it happens. Some questions to ask yourself before pursuing a story through mobile journalism.

  • Will the audience benefit if I tell them this story?
  • Will the journalism be better if it’s done on location and with urgency?
  • Will quick video footage or sound reporting help people understand the story?

If the answer is  to most of these questions, then maybe you should use mobile technology to report.  A few examples of times when you should use mobile journalism:

  • Criminal and civil trials, especially when the verdict is being read
  • Important speeches
  • Breaking news
  • Public gatherings such as protests
  • Sporting events
  • Grand openings in the area

Some items to take with you when reporting mobile:

  • Laptop, iPad or some type of computer
  • Internet connection
  • Camera
  • Video camera
  • Audio recorder
  • Tripod
  • Cell phone!

In the end, enjoy yourself. Do what makes your comfortable. Tell the story, not your opinion (unless asked). And have fun.

Happy reading!

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