Creating the story visual

If you’ve ever been a photographer or a videographer on assignment you’ve faced the challenge of bringing images to a story that doesn’t always lend itself to visual storytelling. It can be a tough one. But Wyste Vellinga is here with advice via example:

It is one of the best things of working with a mobile phone. You can be as creative as you want to be. First of all, because it takes no time at all. You can make a lot of different shots in just a few minutes. Even on the road. I went for a mirror shot, a hyperlapse shot, close ups and of course the speed camera. In making these shots you can also take advantage of the size of the camera. Some of the shots in the driving sequence could not have been done with a regular camera.


Link dump – the journalism edition

We’re all in the middle of that end-of-semester, behind-at-everything feeling. Here, then, enjoy the last several days of things I’ve been reading. These are almost all about journalism. In the next few days I’ll fill this space with a collection of links on a few other broad topics. Enjoy, and good luck wrapping your semester.

Why Serial is important for journalism

How to handle fast-paced multimedia reporting

Note the word “former.” Former Sun deputy news editor: Inventing quotes to ’embellish’ stories is ‘standard journalistic practice’

Corrupt politicians suffer only when there’s local media to report on it

Miami Herald continues to treat some South Florida neighborhoods as though they don’t exist

Five steps for shooting the perfect sit-down interview

A new study looks at the interplay of journalism and PR in the digital age

Rolling Stone’s disastrous U-Va. story: A case of real media bias

Rolling Stone’s Rape Story: A bigger journalistic train wreck than we thought

Uh huh. This never works the way you want it to, senator. Defining ‘journalist’ may become necessary

Senate leader Del Marsh taking heat for advocating an official state definition of ‘journalist’

Google News: The biggest missed opportunity in media right now

How much of your news site’s search traffic comes from Google News? Probably 5 to 25 percent

How 5 media outlets are using Tumblr

The newsonomics of the newly quantified, gamified news reader

Vines always grow, this one evolves

Vine shifts from comedy clips to a valid journalistic tool:

In recent months Vines have been used to report on stories from the riots in Ferguson and the Scottish referendum to last week’s student protests in London. Video filmed in the app is low resolution and, obviously, very short, so the video file is small and can be uploaded to the internet with a relatively weak connection.

Thomson’s Vines from Sierra Leone caused a stir on Twitter. People weren’t used to seeing six-second snatches of video, usually reserved for comedy, being used to document such serious subject matter. But his use of Vines to record snapshots of the situation seemed to work – “Your coverage of the Ebola outbreak has been fantastic. I understand the situation much better because of it”, one Twitter user tweeted to Thomson.

I see it, for now, as an appetizer — “I’m here, gathering the story. This is the setting. Stick with us, you’re going to want to learn about this.” — or as a distributor of soundbites.

But a lot of people use Vine far more creatively than I do. How would you use it for news?

On street shooting

Plenty of wonderful stuff here, Pulitzer Winning Photographer David Turnley’s Advice to a Class of Photojournalism Students:

David Turnley had so much to say on the matter of street shooting and his experiences of so many decades of work, and I was so overloaded with joy and the relevant information he brought to the table based on real experience from a career as a humanitarian and war photographer, that it was hard to capture everything he was saying, but some important things he shared with us did manage to stick with me.


Odds are you’re using Instagram for one thing or another already. But are you using it to tell great stories? Are you using it to promote your work? How 4 Photo Editors Are Using Instagram offers some great suggestions:

It’s a way to stay top of mind and connected with the photo-editors you’ve previously worked with, and to share work that can catch their eye and could inspire your next assignment.

We asked 4 photo editors 4 questions regarding the app and how they use it professionally to discover new talent, what they like to see from the photographers they’ve worked with, and what not to post.