- MONDAY 15TH JAN – PRESENTATION 1 (ALL STUDENTS) – ALL DAY
- TUESDAY 16TH JAN – PHOTOJOURNALISM WORKSHOP
Required reading before class:
Take a look at some of last years Term 2 projects. The ones labeled in pink are the most successful.
Watch the video “The Suicide Watch” from 0:00 to 6:00, and take notes of all the information or data provided in text cards, interviews, etc. We’ll use this video as a case-study in class to reverse engineer the research needed to produce this video.
Chinese subtitle: http://www.vice.cn/read/the-vice-report-suicide-watch-south-korea
SESSION 1 – EVALUATING ‘NEWSWORTHINESS’ FOR YOUR STORIES
HARD NEWS / STRAIGHT NEWS
This news where the facts of the story are presented in a formal, impartial and very concise way.
Think of the BBC reporting on a news event. The events are reported as they happen, often in chronological order, with little views and/or opinions added.
These are similar to hard news however ‘features’ delve deeper into stories by using storytelling narratives to draw the reader/viewer in. Features will often follow characters and be written/produced in a way that adds depth through emotion and extra opinions from people involved in the story.
What do you think are the factorsthat make a story ‘newsworthy’? In pairs, list 2 factors that you think areimportant in determining what makes astory newsworthy.
“An event, fact, or person that isnewsworthy is considered to be interesting enough to be reported in newspapers or on the radio or television.”
“Having the qualities of news; timely and important or interesting”
6-Step Guide to Assessing the Newsworthiness of a Story
1) TIMELINESS Is this a story that is happening now? Today? Is this a new story that has appeared recently? Is this a new trend, new phenomenon, new story?
2) IMPACT OR CONSEQUENCE Does this story matter? Is it important for people to know about this story? Will it change lives? So what?!
3) NOVELTY OR RARITY Is this story about some special or unique? Does the story reveal something that’s happening nowhere else? Is the story topic unusual?
4) CONFLICT Is there a conflict in your story between two sides, or more? Is there a ‘David Vs Goliath’ situation? Are there sides that are opposed to each other?
5) HUMAN INTEREST Does your story tell people’s stories? Are there real characters that your story follows? Are your characters interesting and/or unique?
6) VISUAL IMPACT Is this a visual story? Can the story be told entirely through photos and/or video? Is there action that your story will follow?
In pairs, go online and find a story that you think meets the 6 criteria for a newsworthy story. Consider each of the 6 criteria and apply it to the story you find. Present your finding to the class, listing the evidence for the points you have highlighted. Share a link to the story in the class WeChat group. You have 30 mins to complete the exercise.
Apply the same criteria we have been using to assess the newsworthiness of a story and apply it to your own Term 2 story idea. Does it meet enough of the 6 criteria? Can you change the story idea to make it meet more of the 6 criteria?
SESSION 2 – THE DECISIVE MOMENT – PHOTOJOURNALISM WORKSHOP
Introduction to Henri Cartier Bresson – Quotes
“The decisive moment refers tocapturing an event that is ephemeral and spontaneous, where the image represents the essence of the event itself.”
“It is an illusion that photos are made with the camera… they are made with the eye, heart and head.”
“Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst.”
“Your eye must see a composition or an expression that life itself offers you, and you must know with intuition when to click the camera.”
“We must avoid however, snapping away, shooting quickly and without thought, overloading ourselves with unnecessary images that clutter our memory and diminish the clarity of the whole.”
“The moment! Once you miss it, it is gone forever.”
THE DECISIVE MOMENT – FILM
IN CLASS ACTIVITY
In teams of 4, you will be given one photo-book. You must find one image that you feel represents a decisive moment. In your group, discuss the main elements that make the image work. Is the composition, the moment, the angle, the characters? Discuss how you think the photographer anticipated this moment. Did they plan it? Was it spontaneous? Did they position themselves in a special place? How long do you think they waited for this moment? Present your findings to the rest of the class.
So, how do you capture a decisive moment ?!
– Stop and Observe Life As it Happens – Be Patient – Pick Your Spot – Anticipate Action & Moments – Be ready to capture the moment – Keep shooting until you think you ‘got it’…then shoot some more
OUT OF CLASS ACTIVITY
It is now your turn to try to capture a decisive moment, inspired by Henri Cartier Bresson. You have 1.5 hour to capture 1 image. Then 30mins to edit and upload your photo to WeChat group. Focus on capturing a moment i.e one that can’t be repeated. When you return to class, convert your image to B&W. Final point: You must cover your screen and NOT look at your images while shooting!