Skills for journalists in print and digital media

Newspaper videos that flop

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Colin Mulvany offers a sharp summary of all things wrong with newspaper videos, coming off the annual NPPA Best of Photojournalism Multimedia contest. High on his list is storytelling.

Many still photographers have not transitioned their storytelling skills effectively to video. Editing a video story is different from editing still photos for a newspaper picture story. With video, you have to master the fundamentals of sequencing and audio before you can tell an effective story in video. Too many still photojournalists have dipped their toes in the video world with limited training and it shows.

He also cites poor structure and takes a second look at the power of good scripted narration.

Structure and especially narrative structure are among the core skills to be taught as any part of storytelling training.

Earlier, an ongoing series of posts on storytelling.


Written by mroberts8

04/06/2010 at 7:16 pm

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