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Notes from the classroom and observations about professional practices for sharing the news on digital platforms.

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By: Monday 10-15 links | News Videographer

Mon, 15 Oct 2007 13:09:52 +0000

[...] McAdams writes about the importance of latching on to one character to personalize and illustrate a larger issue in your [...]

By: Mindy

Fri, 12 Oct 2007 19:32:25 +0000

Sanam mentions a problem that several of my students are finding with their first Soundslides, because they are required to use audio from only one interview subject (plus natural sound). I did not expect so many of them to turn their story into a profile -- the story is supposed to be about an aspect of campus life (their choice). I'll have to figure out a way to solve this next time ...

By: sanam

Fri, 12 Oct 2007 16:49:18 +0000

But the challenge for the new journalism student would be how to tell the story through focusing on one character without turning the story into a profile.

By: Ron Sylvester

Fri, 12 Oct 2007 15:07:42 +0000

Character, conflict, resolution: the three elements to narrative storytelling. You can have them every day -- a good example, look at the sports page. Jon Franklin's "Writing for Story," is a must read along this thread of throught.

By: ScribbleSheet Blog

Fri, 12 Oct 2007 13:03:42 +0000

[...] Unless you a writing a paper on the latest government statistics concerning GDP growth. Tell a story, use individuals. This point is wonderfully explained over at teaching online journalism. We advise you to read it. [...]

By: Kevin

Fri, 12 Oct 2007 12:14:22 +0000

This echoes a point made by Jim Merithew (picture editor, SF Chronicle) in one of his semi-regular articles at "One of the things I always tell my photographer is if you want it to be a story, you have to put a name to it. Give us someone, not something, to care about." I'd be curious if there is any psychological research showing that empathy is stronger toward individuals than toward groups or issues. Kevin

By: JohnN

Fri, 12 Oct 2007 09:12:14 +0000

This reminds me of the image of the frightened child in Vietnam, running along the road. Or the monk who set himself on fire. Or the person who stood in front of the tank in Tiannamon Square. There are so many cases. I guess when you talk about large groups. Everything becomes a statistic.