Resources for Journalism

With the help of Western Kentucky University School of Journalism and Broadcast professors we have compiled resources to help you and your students develop professional skills in story telling.
Behind every good picture there is a good idea. Behind every successful photojournalist is an idea person. If you develop your ability to come up with good ideas, you’ll stand out from the crowd. Tips For Good Ideas
Telling the story outlines the process of visual storytelling.
Light is to the photographer what words are to the writer. The photographer looks at their subject, intent on finding the most appropriate light. In this great article About Light you learn to see what light does to your subject.
Anyone can push the shutter button on a camera and record an image on film, but recording storytelling images on film takes thought, preparation, timing and a little luck. Here’s some tips on putting some heart and soul into your photographs. Capture The Moment by James H. Kenny.
Professor James H. Kenney gives us all the photography info that a new shooter will need in his article The New Shooter
Photo Composition an instructional video by WKU Professor James Kenney on photographic composition.
Digital SLR Cameras an instructional video by WKU Professor Tim Broekema about digital DLSR cameras. Lighting an instructional video by WKU Professor Jeanie Adams-Smith about photographic lighting.
Photos created by Dataseam students and teachers are used to demonstrate the following concepts in photographic composition: rule of thirds, compositional balance, camera angles, framing, and leading lines. Basics Of Photography
This series of tutorial videos is designed to help students create better documentaries. Examples provided of good and not so good execution in student produced videos. Learn the craft of good storytelling, lighting, sound, graphics and shooting and editing. Building Better Documentaries
Getting the single story line helps keep a tight, interesting and meaningful piece. MWS Dataseam Teacher Track participant, Tori Schneider, gives insight into the discussion and what this story may become. The Story Line
Good work takes planning, research, development and THINKING. MWS Dataseam Teacher Track participant, Dana Davis gives us some of her thoughts on the story development in this short video. Research and Development
Producing a video takes a team effort. Editing is a review, edit and repeat operation. The 2013 MWS Dataseam teacher team organized to record, video, photograph, edit, review, edit and improve their projects. Production and Edit
Making the interview informative, interesting and professional. WKU MWS coach Mark Osler helped teachers think through, set up, conduct and improve the way they captured an interview. The Interview
The integration of multimedia technology and teaching of the common core merge in project based learning. This video illustrates how the common core, teaching strategies, integration of technology, multidisciplinary instruction, collaboration, learning styles, etc. are weaved throughout the process. The steps of the process can easily be modified to accommodate any common core content in a project based learning activity. The Process-Project Based Learning
Here is The Process Document for you to download in PDF format.
You remember 25% of what you see, 50% of what you hear and 100% of what you feel! ALL GREAT MULTIMEDIA IS ABOUT EMOTION. Multimedia Survival by Bob Sacha and Chad A. Stevens, will walk you thru the techniques and technology of digital multimedia.
Field Guide To Audio Gathering gives you the why and how photojournalists should gather audio. By Brian Storm, Jim Sieda, Bob Sacha and Chad A. Stevens.
Audio offers chances to tell stories in ways that just aren’t possible with images alone. Great audio is engaging, emotional and informative. Will Yurman, Staff Photographer Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, gives us this great resource titled Using Sound
Bob Sacha and Chad A. Stevens provide us the details of telling stories with video in Vital Video
An audio interview is a controlled situation, much like an environmental portrait. when you do an interview, it’s your responsibility to make the person talking as easy to understand and sound as true-to-life as possible. Learn how to interview from the pros, Bob Sacha and Chad A. Stevens, in their Mountain Workshops document The Interview
Want to learn how to tell stories using your cellphone? Now you can. iTunesU

Multimedia Examples

Final video project for the 2013 WKU Mountain Workshop Teacher Track. Teachers combined their skills and efforts to capture photos, video, sounds, interviews, moments, and movement to tell their story of the Owensboro River Front. Renaissance On The River
Eleven teachers from Dataseam schools participated in the 2012 WKU Mountain Workshops in Henderson, KY. Learning to tell visual stories and developing strategies to take back to their classroom. A Teacher’s Lens
Eleven teachers from Dataseam schools participated in the 2011 WKU Mountain Workshops. Teachers spent five days with some of the country’s finest journalist, photographers and videographers. This piece gives viewers a glimpse at the energy and shares some of the final photos. 2011 WKU Mountain Workshops