Digital Journalism

COM466 – University of Washington

Week 8 : Moving Images and Sound

Tools and the five-shot method.


  • Twitter gets you hired
  • Storytelling building blocks
  • Recap : five-shot method
  • Examples: online video stories
  • Lab: SoundSlides

Storytelling Building Blocks From Ira Glass:

“Good Taste” (part 3: we’ve already seen this one – a reminder!)

Variation: the five-shot rule

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

This is slightly different from Drew’s five-shot process that we discussed earlier in class:

  1. Wide shot
  2. Medium shot
  3. Medium close up
  4. Close up
  5. Extreme close up

Examples: online video

Watch these and look for the types of shots:

Lab: SoundSlides

Pair and discuss : help one another select the best images for the story. Here is today’s demo (2 min mp3); here is a demo (1 min mp3)

Before you open SoundSlides, use Photoshop (or another editor) to crop/correct your photos. [Kathy’s files: pix + 2 min mp3]

  1. Create a folder that contains only the photos you plan to use in this project. If you want to tell SoundSlides how to order the images, have the name begin with a number (01_name, 02_name … 10_name … 20_name …)
  2. Open SoundSlides and select new project.
  3. SoundSlides will prompt you to select the folder that contains your photos and to select your mp3 file. Select these files, hit OK, and Soundslides will combine your pictures and music to create an audio slideshow.
    • You can re-order your slides in the Slides tab.
    • To change the length of time a slide is visible on the screen, drag the edge of the slide along the timeline.
  4. Remember to save your changes regularly!
  5. When you are ready, “Save” and “Test” your show.
  6. To create the files needed to publish your slideshow to the web, select “Export.”
  7. Upload the project files to your UW server (you cannot upload to your WordPress account). Rename “publish_to_web” to “firstname_soundslides” (note case and lack of spaces) and publish in folder named com466 (lower case). [detailed instructions below]

Customize the slideshow as follows:

Project Info: Give your project a title (headline) and credit yourself

Template: Show captions by default; change template color to plain black.

Slide Info: Give Every Slide A Caption

Template: Leave Transitions At Default

How to publish your slideshow on the UW Dante server using FTP

You must activate web publishing!  For this project:

  • Your web server is
  • In the “right” pane of the FTP window, navigate to your public_html directory; if you have not done so (we did this in lab last week) create a new folder named com466 (lower case).
  • In the “left” pane of the SFTP window, navigate to your “red square” project folder. Drag-and-drop the “Publish_to_web” folder onto the com466 folder in the right pane.
  • Rename “publish_to_web” to “firstname_soundslides” (note case and lack of spaces)

The link to your soundslides proof-of-concept project should be:



  • SoundSlides assignment due Wednesday
  • No class Wednesday – work on your projects!
  • For Wed May 18 by 7 pm : a blog post with a succinct paragraph that describes your project. Think of this as an “elevator speech” but it’s also a teaser.
  • FF blog post this week is optional. A FF blog post will earn EC if it meets these conditions : the five people should be video storytellers; the blog post includes/links to the twitter handles; the blog post includes the person’s name; there is a creative, compelling headline; there is a compelling reason given for following this person (not a copy&paste of their bio); tweet the blog post and include the com466 hashtag.
  • For Mon May 23, by noon a blog post with three examples of good short video stories (less than 2 minutes) and/or audio slideshows. Explain why you picked the stories – why they are “good.”
  • For Wed May 25, bring video to class — do not worry about sound, we are focusing on sequencing (the five-shot process per BBC).

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  1. […] Extreme close up Quoted from Kathy Gill’s COM466 Blog Post […]

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