Turning Journalism Students Into Visual Storytellers

Course Overview

Title:
Turning Journalism Students Into Visual Storytellers
Type:
Webinar
Cost:
$29.95
Time Estimate:
One hour for the main presentation and questions. Sometimes presenters stay longer to answer additional questions from participants.

About Webinars

In this virtual classroom, participants can join in a seminar led by Poynter faculty and visiting faculty. This screencast includes live audio and a slideshow presentation in which participants can post questions and respond to poll questions posed by the host.

This upcoming Webinar will be broadcast on:
Tuesday, June 12, 2018 at 2:00pm Eastern Time Enroll Now
Can't attend the live Webinar? We'll have an archived replay available soon after the live session. Your registration will give you access to the replay plus our bonus resources.

Students are flooded with visual images every day. Social media feeds give them a curated view of people’s lives, traditional media spray photos, videos and graphic elements at them all day long. There is a difference between visual storytelling about oneself and visual storytelling by oneself, journalists need to assume the audience has no reference point for the stories they tell and that impacts how they build visual images.

This session will guide you through building lessons to help your students move from making snapshots to committing acts of visual journalism. It will help you understand the difference between memory triggers and news photography.

It will also outline several class assignments you can give your students to help them develop their visual journalism skills, assignments that are not equipment-dependent so they can be inserted into any journalism course.

What Will I Learn:
  • How to tell the difference between a snapshot and a news photo
  • How to help your students understand the needs of their audience
  • How to help your students understand the importance of context
  • How to develop course assignments to move your students into telling better visual stories
Who Should Take this Course:

This session is designed for educators who are helping students learn the basics of journalism and visual journalism storytelling, regardless of the tools they have at hand.

Course Instructor:

Mark E. Johnson

Mark E. Johnson is the Senior Lecturer of Photojournalism and Chief Technology Officer at the University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication where he oversees the Visual Journalism program. An early digital disciple and technology geek, he believes that the story is always more important than the form it’s presented in.

Technical Requirements:

Windows
1.4GHz Intel® Pentium® 4 or faster processor (or equivalent) for Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 8.1
512MB of RAM (1GB recommended) for Windows 7 or Windows 8
Microsoft Internet Explorer 8, 9, 10, 11; Mozilla Firefox; Google Chrome
Adobe® Flash® Player 11.2+

Mac
1.83GHz Intel Core™ Duo or faster processor
512MB of RAM (1GB recommended)
Mac OS X 10.7.4, 10.8, 10.9
Mozilla Firefox; Apple Safari; Google Chrome
Adobe Flash Player 11.2+

Bandwidth - 1.5 Mbits/sec up and down. We strongly suggest viewing our Webinars with a wired connection.

Some networks, especially those that use a proxy server, may encounter difficulty connecting to our Webinar software. If this is your first Poynter NewsU Webinar, please test your connection.

This Webinar contains audio. Please adjust your headphones or speakers.

Questions? Read our Webinar FAQ or contact us at webinars@newsu.org.

You can watch our Live Webinars on your iPad with a free Adobe Connect app. To watch Webinar replays, your iPad must be able to view Flash media players. The Live Webinar experience on your iPad is very similar to watching it from your computer. You can watch the video, follow the presentation, respond to polling questions, ask the presenter questions and participate in any discussion forums.

Download the free Adobe Connect app from iTunes here. To access the live event, click on the "Join Live Event Now" button on the Webinar landing page. The virtual room will automatically load. Viewing recorded Webinars on iOS devices is not currently supported.