Smile for the Camera

18 02 2010

Oh the technical side of journalism. Not only must we write to our heart’s content about interesting topics, we must document it now too. Some people may consider this a heavy burden to have to cover so many outlets of the news, but I see it as an incredibly exciting adventure. As a student journalist, it is my duty to write about interesting stories and people, while capturing photographs or film in an engaging fashion. People want to look at images while they read (if any text is even included). The art of capturing a moment in time along with the story is not a new idea, but one that has changed since the beginning of reporting. As backpack journalists, we have shorter deadlines and more responsibilities than any other generation of writers.  With this comes the great opportunity to capture moments in time or short film work to accompany our stories. It is a fascinating concept. Getting different shots of the same object and working with interesting and new angles can be creatively inspiring. Messing up the focus could sometimes make a picture more meaningful than ever imagined. Conventional journalism, while still important, is slowly being eclipsed by new technology and innovation. Editing photos is easier than ever and the everyday student with no professional experience can make images beautiful. If you have a camera, you can create.

In response to Online Journalism Chapter 10 (Gathering and Editing Images, Audio, and Video)

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