Teaching Online Journalism

Posts tagged ‘storytelling’

Smarter(6): A list for journalism students

Refuge: 18 stories from the Syrian exodus. Scott Klein: Scooped by code. Nathan Yau: Data and visualization year in review, 2013.

Teaching about storytelling

As a follow-up to Tuesday’s post about getting a story (and teaching students about stories), I’m going to refer to three earlier posts here: The elements of storytelling RGMP 11: Tell a good story with images and sound Storytelling 101 with ‘The Annoying Orange’ What I learned from Ken Speake, a longtime TV journalist (The […]

Is your story actually a story?

“The problem with many news stories is that they’re not really stories at all.” (Source: Advancing the Story, an excellent blog about broadcast journalism and multimedia.) This is true not only in TV news but across the board — and not only for student work! Sometimes the material is new (or at least news), but […]

Visual narratives: Empirical data

From a research study by two scholars at Stanford: In this paper, we investigate the design of narrative visualizations and identify techniques for telling stories with data graphics. We take an empirical approach, analyzing visualizations from online journalism, blogs, instructional videos, and visualization research. After reviewing related work, we share five selected case studies which […]

Best advice for Soundslides

I was asking around recently, among my friends at other j-schools who teach photojournalism. Yes, they are still teaching Soundslides. The No. 1 reason is almost unanimous: It’s a great transition from making stills to making video. I think it also helps — a lot — with teaching storytelling. Right now I’m in the midst […]

Storytelling 101 with ‘The Annoying Orange’

Let’s look at storytelling again. I always use this diagram to show students how to structure a very short video story or audio slideshow (120 seconds): Recently a student showed me this video, and I noticed that at about 1 min. 30 sec., it illustrates the story arc perfectly! The opening has elements that grab […]

Is J-school relevant? (#wjchat)

@killbutton Q1 Yes, because the foundation of journalism is SO important. Journos need a strong foundation in ethics! #wjchat @dnvolz Brian Williams never got any college degree and is considered a top journalist even in an ever-changing market #wjchat @mhinojosa Q1 Yes, I think it’s more important now to go to J-school. More and more […]