The Longer Ones

Monday, September 30, 2013

Writing a Story/Package

1.      Find a topic.

-What is your story about?

-Who is your audience?

-Why is this story important to the audience?

2.      Find an angle.

-What about your topic?

-More specifically, what is important about your topic?

-What should the audience learn

3.     Write a Focus Statement
            -Narrow to one sentence

            -Narrow to subject verb object.
4.  Collect ________________.




4.      Conduct the ____________.




5.      Organize your _______________.



6.      Write _____________ and ____________ in your story.



7.      Write an _____ and _______.





8.      Collect ___________ (video footage) to add to your story.




Bob Dotson gives us 3 suggestions for making our stories even better.  List and describe what he means by each suggestion.

1. The Rule of Threes- people will answer a question three time. First they answer the things you want to hear. Second they explain it. Third is the soundbite that would work the best.

2. Filling the Silence- uncomfortable silences helps you get a better soundbite. 

3.The Non-Question/Question- the non-question/question is where you put people at ease in a calm environment and then gradually and carefully bring the subject around to the topic you want to discuss.


The story i read was about a woman who traveled throughout the united states riding horseback with her dog. She has done this for many years and being a retired teacher and all she fulfilled her dreams and traveled across the country at about 4 miles per hour. I believe this story is heartwarming and inspiring. This woman (Bernice Ende), traveled around relying on the kindness of strangers to help her survive. not to mention the dangers and potential disasters such as bears, cars, or dangerous strangers, she was able to survive and live a happy life on the road. to measure such a feat, imagine walking across the whole world twice and an extra 2000 miles just because. Her journey throughout the US is an amazing accomplishment that really is inspiring.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Jonesboro, Arkansas School Shooting

it was a surprising attack, where 2 minors pulled the fire-alarm and started to fire onto the other students and teacher. The incident involved 2 boys. Mitchell Johnson (13) and Andrew Golden (11). They were in possession of 13 fully loaded firearms and with over 200 rounds of ammo, they were able to kill everyone. killing five people and wounding several others, they caused pain and killed many within a few minutes.Unfortunately because they are minors they were unable to be tried as an adult and was only sent to a juvenile correction center. Because of this, technically they have a clean record based on the laws, because they were minors. This incident led to changing Arkansas laws to help better suit justice in killings like this one.

Monday, September 23, 2013

How to conduct an interview

Sound Bites/Interview/Conversations: need to talk to people so people can relate, move story along, interesting to viewer. Could the reporter say “1984 is the coolest place in the world” NO don’t make any judgements about your story let your characters put their opinions in the story. Reporter puts in the facts. “1984 has been open for 10 years…” Use the facts in the voice overs… You can say a lot with a very short soundbite. 10 seconds max. How to conduct an interview: Can I have you run the microphone up through your shirt and clip on your shirt. Or over the shoulder. Mics should be heard but not seen. "What is the weather like , having fun, Say your name and spell it for me, Can you tell me why you got into teaching. How is the transition going to be, Any hobbies, How did you get into that, what is the difference," 1.Casually start a conversation: find a commonality, don’t chit chat about the story save that for the interview. Break the ice, become their friend. 2.Say Name and spell it, what is your role here? What is your title? 3. Reminder: Reporter doesn’t interrupt during answers no "UMMS" or "Really" or Laughing 4. Videographer is getting the camera ready while reporter is breaking the ice. Videographer gives a signal when ready: clear throat. 5.Don’t make subject a part of the crew 6.Framing: Eyes on third always on all shots. OK to cut head off not the chin. 7. Videographer should plan shot framing. MEMORIZE: Eyes on Thirds, Nose Knows, Audio it’s always Audio have head phones , Background, Lighting RIGHT HAND TWO HANDS ACTION REACTION WIDE MEDIUM TIGHT: Left Hand

8. always ask if they want to include or say anything else.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Student Camera Posts

Group 2
I think its about two friends fighting over the same guys then making up in the end. needed to be closer for tight shots.
Group 3
It's about a girl who sings badly gets a voice teacher and still sings badly. I think the shots we took were fine mostly. did a nice job on tight shots.
Group 4
girlfriend broke up with guy and became angry, found peace by consoling with friend. great camera shots and dramatic gestures.
Group 5
Practicing dance, then someone tripped and everyone laughed at him because he can't dance (bullying).
There are 3 things you can change in every shot, first of all focal length (zoom). second is angle by changing where it is. third is height to change the picture so it does not look the same. needs to change 2 of them for every scene change
Group 6

jet car paul

I learned that editing and changing of shots can happen extremely fast to tell us the story in a quick fast-paced environment to bring us into the story and keep us interested. throughout the whole story they used a comic book as an attention getter and a motif throughout the whole story, to not only refer back to the beginning but to explain how he is like a superhero.

Monday, September 16, 2013

peanut butter sandwiches

The camera shots showed the audience a focused picture of where we're suppose to look. By giving us an exact view of the scene we are able to understand and see the story at a standpoint where we can see us there and feel what they feel. I especially liked focusing on the paintings and the sandwiches to create a nice sequence to help us understand the story better and shown us detail to share it at a better angle.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Camera Notes Continued

12. Define Wide shot: 13. Why do we need a wide shot? 14. Define Medium shot: 15. Why do we need a medium shot? 16. Define a tight shot. 17. Why do we need a tight shot? 18. What is a sequence? 19. Why do we need a sequence?

12. wide shot shows the location of where the scene is about to take place.
13. its important because it establishes the setting of the story by showing the setting and its surrounding.
14.Medium shot is a slightly closer shot.
15. medium shots are used to see more detail by showing less setting, and focus on a specific area.
16. Tight shots are close up shots.
17. tight shots are used when you want detail or specific detail to film.
18. a sequence is a combination of those three shots to share a story.
19. it is important because it helps the viewers to fully understand the story. the combination of shots help the audience understand the story by showing the location, shows a focused idea and finally shows details about the story. Sequences shows continuity, to get correct sequences you need to think like an editor and practice getting correct shots.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Camera Notes

Today you will be taking notes on Focus Statements and Camera Techniques 1. What is a Focus Statement? Define 2. Why do we need a Focus Statement? 3. Give an example of a Focus Statement sentence. 4. Give an example of a Focus Statement in 3 words: (Subject-Verb-Object) 5. What are the 6 Essential Equipment items you need with you when shooting an interview? 6. Why is a tripod important? 7. The Tripod is my ___________ 8. Define: Pan 9. Define: Tilt 10. Why are headphones important? 11. Why is it important to TEST YOUR EQUIPMENT BEFORE YOU GO ON SHOOT! 12. Define Wide shot: 13. Why do we need a wide shot? 14. Define Medium shot: 15. Why do we need a medium shot? 16. Define a tight shot. 17. Why do we need a tight shot? 18. What is a sequence? 19. Why do we need a sequence?

1. Sentence that says the whole topic of what your supposed top be writing about.
2. To have something so focus on and to help stay in topic.
3. Some girls are making their own dresses for homecoming.
4. Girls make dresses.
5.Six essential equipment is Camera, Tripod, Microphone, Headphones, Batteries, Media.
6. Keeps it steady and keeps the audience involved with the story instead of distracted with the hand movements.
7. Best friend.
8. Pan is camera movement that goes up and down and vice versa.
9. Tilt is camera movement that goes right to left and vice versa.
10. So that you are aware of the sounds you are getting live.
11. To make sure that all of the equipment is still working and is able to be used.

zoom magnifies the images and the movements.
zoom with your feet. 

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

classmate focus statement

Emily goes against troubles and fears and hopes through life.

Emily battles adversities.

Monday, September 9, 2013

criteria of newsworthiness

Criteria of newsworthiness

1. Unusualness- The different, the unusual, the out of the ordinary.
Example: "yesterday an airplane landed on Cali's parents"
2. Significance- Important events that affects many people.
Example: wars, elections, economy, plague, discovery of new things, taxes.
3. Timeliness- News that is brand new or is still happening.
Example: "only a few moments ago, 23 people were shot in MOA for allegiances with al-queda "
4. Proximity: People wants to know about things that can also affect them locally.
Example: "new breed of Spanish flu appears at local high school, 97 confirmed dead"
5. Prominence: Occurs when well known people, places, or things are involved
Example: "George Clooney finds Hitler's grave and burns it."
6. Human Interests: Stories about normal people or things or animals that brings out human emotions in viewers.
Example: "troubled teen sends love letter to girlfriend before killing himself."

the story we watched was unusual, new, and is in close proximity. A woman died falling off the 6th floor at UFM (University of Minnesota). brand new because it happened recently. Unusual because unless women are randomly falling out of the sky, something went wrong in this picture. and lastly close proximity because it happened in Minnesota at a close distance.

Friday, September 6, 2013

Kool Aid man story

This became probably the funniest story I heard in a long while. The thing I liked the most is how you were able to put all the emotions feelings and actions associated in the story. The acting and actions Mr. Fornicoia showed made the story even more interesting and alive. Having said cause and effect in how that happened, the reactions of multiple people and his thoughts, it became a very realistic and funny story.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Definition for Broadcast Journalism

Definition of Broadcast  Journalism is instantaneously project current events and stories.

Response to J's farm story

J's farm struck me as an inspiring story filled with hope, love, and happiness. J being a disabled young boy was unable to do certain things. But luckily with the help of his parents and grandparents he felt more important and was capable to do work like any average person and find his true skills. Unfortunately with his grandparents selling the farm, J had nowhere to go and he loses the opportunity to work. but when J's parents decided to buy the family farm they were not only able to give J what he deserves but also those with similar disabilities.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Partner 6 sentences story

Like a young warrior battling adversities and enemies in life, Emily walks in Eastview exploring, hoping to finally pass a Spanish test and survive 3 more years. Having 1 yellow-ish cat as a companion she constantly argues with her twin brother to prove him wrong. Unfortunately this young heroine has weaknesses too; people eating with their mouth open and biting fingernails it gives her the absolute shivers and fills her with a frustrating anger. Bravely, Emily fights her main fears spiders and snakes, and squishes them like the pests they are. But most importantly she does something incredible; it is the thing that changes the factor between life and death… for her teeth. The most important fact about Emily is that she brushes her teeth with a purple toothbrush.