Digital Journalism

COM466 – University of Washington

Week 7 – Wednesday


  • Housekeeping
  • Good Video Stories
  • Twitter Assignments/Discussion
  • Editing Video


Good Video Stories

What’s the difference between video stories for the TV and video stories for the web?

The five-shot rule (watch BBC video).

  1. An extreme close-up (detail) of action (movement)
  2. Close-up of the face of the person doing the action
  3. Medium shot, face and action together
  4. Over-the-shoulder view of the action (gives viewer the point of view of the person doing the action)
  5. Another (different) angle

Watch your “picks” looking for these elements:


Discussion: lack of weekly tweets – assignment details

Week 3: By 8 am Monday, four more tweets related to class topics. Remember your hashtags!

Post at least five tweets/week (tweets due weeks 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 – a week is Sunday-Saturday, for example, Week 4 is 18 April-25 April )

By week 3: should be following 45 accounts

Follow an additional five people each week (weeks 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9); #FF each of those weeks; by week 7 should be following 65

Posts about the five follows due Monday of Weeks 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10.

Tip from Krista

Twitter Follows That Need Hyperlinks (so accounts can be added to our lists)

  1. Aaron – 25 April (first two broken); 7 April (#5 broken)
  2. Brian – 3 May6 April
  3. Brianna – 29 April (missing post due 26 April, 10 May)
  4. Emma – 6 April
  5. Fereshta – 23 April7 April (missing posts due 3 and 10 May)
  6. Janelle – 2 May26 April6 April (missing post due  10 May)
  7. Keala – no posts
  8. Liz – 10 May (1st one)
  9. Nate – 9 May2 May (links missing “http://”)
  10. Tom – 2 May (1st is protected)
  11. Wilhelmina – 5 May25 April (do not link to Twitter accounts)

Telling A Video Story

  • Do’s and Don’ts
    1. Avoid panning (moving the camera horizontally, side-to-side)
    2. Avoid tilting (moving the camera vertically, up-and-down)
    3. Avoid zooming
    4. Do use the “Record Off” button to “edit” on the spot


  • Video: Revisit your three “good” stories from Monday. Pick one and analyze it based on the 5-shot rule. Blog post by 8 am Friday.
  • Video: Pitch two stories to me by 8am Friday (other than what you brought to class today); I’ll pick one by 10 am Friday. Blog post by 8 am Monday outlining story plan. Bring video to class Wed, including voice overs, with log/transcript. We’ll compile, add titles, credits, transitions — and add stills — for a 2-minute story. If we need to do more voice overs, we’ll do them in the hall. This should not be a story that you plan to use as your final individual project. Details.
  • Twitter:  five tweets before Monday + #FF + Monday blog post
  • Resource: BBC Good Shooting Guide
  • Resource: Windows MovieMaker Tutorials

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