Archive for the ‘Multimedia Reporting’ Category

The soul of New Brunswick

Posted: 11 December, 2011 in Multimedia Reporting
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What defines the people from New Brunswick? What makes them different? Since I don´t know much about the city (although now the workers of George Street Camera and C. H. Martin greet me whenever they see me because of the previous project), I had to ask professor Steve Miller. He told me about an AIDS crisis that affected New Brunswick 30 years ago and suggested that the ability of the city and of Hyacinth Foundation to address the problem made it special. Want to know more about it?

Hyacinth AIDS Foundation, based in New Brunswick, was founded to educate the population about the disease.

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Have you ever heard of Daniel Radcliffe’s musical How to succeed in business… without really trying? Well, at least in New Brunswick, this sentence is not so true. With the economic crisis, many businesses have had to close. But some are still there – and if you are thinking about opening a retail in George Street or you are just curious, you might want to listen to how they are doing it.

Robin Gaby Fisher is the New York Times bestselling author of “After the Fire; A True Story of Friendship and Survival” (to read a summary click here) and “The Boys of the Dark; A Story of Betrayal and Redemption in the Deep South.” She is a two-time finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Feature Writing and a member of a Pulitzer Prize-winning team at The Star-Ledger. She teaches Journalism at Rutgers University in Newark, New Jersey. And she has come to our class to tell us what she knows about interviewing people…

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Under the copyright law of 1976 protection is granted to “original works of authorship”, including literary, dramatic, artistic, musical, pantomimes, pictorial, graphic and sculptural, motion pictures, audiovisual, architectural and certain other intellectual work such as sound recordings. It starts from the time the work is created in a fixed form (speech that was recorded.

Works which are not in a tangible form of expression, titles, anmes, short phrases and slogans, ideas, systems, methods are not protected. Coca-Cola is not copyrighted, it’s trademarked, which is an entirely different thing.

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Have you ever wondered who is the guy that uses a segway to go to college everyday? His name is Elias Tsang and he has been riding it for three years. During that time, many persons have asked him about this transportation, but none had made a journalistic story about him… until now.

Types of photographies

Posted: 7 November, 2011 in Multimedia Reporting
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This weekend I´ve been to Canada with some friends ad I´ve taken this opportunity to take hundreds of pictures. Among them, we can find different types of shots:

Snapshots:

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Importance of photographies

Posted: 3 November, 2011 in Multimedia Reporting
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Photographs add value to your audio, they can tell a different story, expressing emotion, for example, or just complete the audio. Here come some tips:

  • It’s important to break away from the pack when reporting. When taking photos from the Pope, it is also interesting to shoot the people that have come there to see him.
  • One picture can tell different stories at the same time: what is happening, how are people feeling, where and when did that take place, how was the atmosphere and weather like, etc.

What kind of picture do we need for our story?

  • Snapshot: quick snap picture.
  • Environmental portrait: tells something about the person, the environment, the atmosphere.
  • Mugshot: “tight is right”, specially if the picture is going to appear in a newspaper (the background is not important then). Its function is just to show how a person looks like.
  • Detail shot: come close to the subject, they add an incredible amount of information to our story. In a story, there should be at least 20 per cent of detail shots.

However, take into account that you can always crop the picture, so it is smart to take a picture that can be used in different ways.

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