Teaching Online Journalism

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Connection: The core of storytelling

Today in class I told the students: You don’t really have a story if you simply tell me about an issue, a trend, or even an event. If you want me to relate to the issue, you’re going to have to personalize it. The best way to do that: Use a character. I don’t mean […]

Video interviews: Comparisons

The News Journal’s Web site, Delaware Online, has produced a package about an unusual topic: dwarfism and people who have that condition. Little People concerns the Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, where study and treatment of dwarfism is a specialty. Angela Grant has written a good critique of the package, and I was glad […]

Doing ‘Dragnet’ in Soundslides

I remember liking the TV cop show “Dragnet” a lot when I was a kid. I was reminded of that “Just the facts, ma’am” drama while I watched and listened to this report from the Reno (Nev.) Gazette-Journal: Was It Suicide? The audio is very effective, in my opinion. What do you think about the […]

Proof of concept: Solo video can be great

I saw this video — about a family returning to Rwanda — in July when I attended the Travel Channel Academy training. The story behind the story (as I remember hearing it) was that the videographer, Victoria Holden, had recently undergone a longer version of the same VJ training — a style sometimes referred to […]

Multimedia packages: Organizing 30+ pieces

One of the nice things you can do online (that you can’t do well at all in a printed newspaper) is gather up a big bunch of stories and present them as an orderly set, a mini library. I’ve written before how sometimes these collections come off as disorderly warehouses. Today’s example is the opposite: […]

How to marry your online and your print

Being in D.C. on Sunday, I got a copy of The Washington Post. I didn’t get to read it until Monday, when I was on a plane. I got sucked into a story about football — American football — in, of all places, American Samoa. (Not to be confused with Western Samoa, by the way.) […]

Compare storytelling styles: Audio vs. video

Ben Shapiro has some serious chops: His film and video work has been shown on PBS, the Sundance Channel and the National Geographic Channel, as well as at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. He has three Emmys and an AFI documentary prize. He wrote a very helpful essay about storytelling, and how […]