Digital Journalism

COM466 – University of Washington

Week 4 – Monday

Create compelling (and ethical) digital images

Guest speaker: photojournalist Dan Lamont

  • What makes a great news photo (discussion)
  • Photo editing tips (Kathy demos Photoshop – re-size, optimizing)
  • Review Friday, Monday assignment (lessons learned, listen to clips)
  • Review Wednesday’s brainstorming results (group project)

Notes from Dan Lamont

  • What is a pixel?
  • Understand meta-data (search/findability)
  • What is RGB?
  • File types: RAW and TIFF (like WAV – lossless) v JPG (like mp3 – lossy) [resource 1, resource 2]
    • RAW: 12 bit data, up to 4096 different intensity levels for each pixel
    • Why shoot JPG? More shots on a memory card, faster
    • Why shoot RAW? When you plan to do post exposure processing, you have a large memory card
  • Types of memory cards [resource1, resource2]
    • CompactFlash (CF)
    • Memory Stick (MS –  Sony)
    • Secure Digital (SD – most popular today) – MultiMediaCard (MMC)
    • SmartMedia (SM)
    • xD-Picture Card (xD – Olympus/Fuji)
  • Project management: nested folders with assets (copies to edit – don’t edit original files!)
    • Dan files w/reverse date code: lamont_09_04_20_N
  • IPTC
  • Updig
  • Programs mentioned: PhotoMechanic, Lightroom, Photoshop
  • MediaStorm.org, NYT, MSNBC, Apple Online Seminar (Producing MultiMedia)
  • Quotable:
    • “Engage with the subject in a manner that is willful”
    • “Decide what your picture is about”

Kathy’s Notes

Audio Assignments 1 and 2

Brainstorming results

  • Google doc
  • Invite code sent to class mailing list; click on that link to get “in” to edit
  • Review, then discuss small groups
  • What roles are you interested in? researcher, writer, editor, producer, talent, photographer, videographer?

For Wednesday 22 April:

  • Read : Chapters 7&8, Journalism 2.0 – short blog post by 8 am Wed w/key take-aways
  • Tweet : three tweets related to group project (future of news) by 8 am Wed
  • In lab, we will edit photos
  • Wednesday guest speaker: Mark Briggs

For Mon 28 April:

  • Bring to class: outline/storyboard for audi0-slideshow

For Wed 30 April:

  • We’re going to create an audio-slideshow using SoundSlides. Bring to class 50-75 photos and audio files (interviews, voice over, ambient sound).

For Wed 13 May:

  • Bring video to class to edit (editing exercise)

For Wed 20 May:

  • Bring video to class to edit (storytelling exercise)

Report: assignment for Monday (photos in storytelling)
Reminder: (1) tell us why you make your picks (what are your “criteria” for making a judgment) and (2) no more pasted URLs as links! Link text (words).

  1. Adam
  2. Andrew
  3. Gwen – no post
  4. Jeff
  5. Michelle
  6. Paul
  7. Reisha
  8. Ryan
  9. Sarah
  10. Scott
  11. Tara
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Filed under: Class Notes

One Response

  1. kegill says:

    Lessons Learned:

    * Test equipment before leaving for interview/story
    * Monitor equipment so realize when you have disturbing noises etc
    * Being careful that interviewee doesn’t steal the show
    * Audacity frustrating program
    * Not have voice over repeat interviewee points
    * Anticipate problems

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