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Making & Finding Images
An example of editorial illustration by NPR’s LA Johnson. Originally published with this story. Chris Kindred interned with the NPR Training Team and is an illustrator for hire. The internet is a very visual place. It goes without saying that if you want your story to stand out, it needs a strong photo or illustration of some kind. But
Captions are journalism, too. They should be fact-checked and typo-checked. They should be complete sentences that present the who, what, where, when and (sometimes) why without necessarily stating the obvious (i.e., he sits, she waves, they clap). Captions give photos context, telling viewers what’s going on in a photo so they don’t have to guess
When you understand the three fundamentals of photography — content, composition and light — you can create better images and learn what separates a good photo from a great one.
When using your smartphone (or even some fancier point-and-shoot cameras), here are a couple quick notes to keep in mind from the start: If you’re using your phone, using the in-device native camera is a great option! Don’t use Instagram/Hipstamatic or other programs that add filters — it’s far better to have the flexibility to
To do a good photo essay – while you’re also doing a radio piece – requires lateral thinking on the fly. In addition to thinking through questions and sound posts, you also need to figure out the visual building blocks you’ll need for your essay. Make sure to carve out time to shoot and maybe
Have you heard of openly copyrighted materials and wondered if they are something you can use? This post provides a basic introduction to what open copyright is, and what photography, music and other audio resources are available to you. The organization Creative Commons (CC) offers copyright licenses with simple, easy-to-understand rights. Media with Creative Commons copyrights
The first step is not deciding what you want to make. It’s figuring out what you want to say — and finding the best medium.
1. Drop the mic! Often times your best tape is also happening at the best visual moment. Luckily, your story will benefit if you’ve captured that moment in audio or images, but if you’re juggling your mic and your camera you might miss the moment completely. So, first things first, put down your microphone and focus
Here’s the situation. You’re out in the field reporting a killer story and you’re meeting interesting people that aren’t necessarily in the public eye. You’re thinking about how your radio story could be presented online, and realize that it’ll help to give readers a view of who these folks are. So what do you do? Pull
When it comes to stories on the web, strong photos can really help your story resonate with your audience. Just like putting together a radio story or written narrative, there can be a lot of things to consider to help make your visuals sing, so here’s a quick reference guide on when to consider visual