Examples of photo stories

These are from the winners of the annual international NPPA competition, Best of Photojournalism 2013.

Look at each image and think about the composition. Also: What is THIS picture about? What is the point of EACH image? If you answer these questions, you will be better prepared to start making more meaningful pictures yourself.

AE1 – Myanmar elections, 2012. Think about how the photographer waited, and where he stood, to make these pictures. Almost none of them are straight-on or typical. Look at the lines, the framing. Think about why he chose each one.

1st – illegal immigration in the U.S. This is an issue story (Kobre explains this type). Check out the vast variety of scenes in this photo story. There’s only one full-on close-up of a person in the whole story.

3rd – Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Try to noticed the “captured instant” or “frozen moment” quality in many of the images of people in this story. They are the opposite of random. These are examples of “when to push the button.”

1st – 14-year-old Elvis impersonator. Check out the variety as well as interesting composition in photos are featuring one person.

3rd – A home for underage mothers. This story demonstrates a great variety of angles within a constrained single location.


Blog post 17: Reading assignment

In this blog post, publish your notes from Yau, introduction and chapters 1 and 2. Your notes must appear in the form of three (3) numbered lists, one for each chapter. Write a brief statement above each list to explain or summarize that list.

The list is not meant to represent everything in the chapter. It should represent what was most meaningful to YOU. Thus each student’s list will be different. Read more of this post

Register for the webinar

If you have not done so already, please register for this webinar:


It’s a two-hour session, with one hour on Tuesday, Oct. 22, and the second hour on Wednesday, Oct. 23.

We have two chances to watch the hour on each day: at noon, or at 4 p.m.

To prepare for the webinar, visit the Reynolds Center’s Webinar Help Page IN ADVANCE:


This webinar will kick off our unit about data journalism.

Blog post 16: A social media manager

This assignment is different from the Blog post 2 assignment, but it is related.

In that assignment, many of you chose a job ad that asked for social media skills. However, when you wrote about your ability to meet that requirement, you did not demonstrate knowledge or understanding of what an employer really wants.

So now you’re going to examine what a “social media manager” is expected to do and to know.

Select two (2) jobs from this list and an additional two (2) jobs from this list. (Total: four job ads.) Choose jobs that sound interesting or desirable to YOU. It’s not that you would definitely apply for this exact job, but please do try to find jobs that appeal to you in some way (and not only because of their location).

I do not want to see students listing the same jobs as other students. Read more of this post

Blog post 15: Reading assignment

In this blog post, publish your notes from Kobré, chapter 11. Your notes must appear in the form of one (1) numbered list. Write a brief statement above the list to explain or summarize it.

Your list must contain at least five items.

The list is not meant to represent everything in the chapter. It should represent what was most meaningful to YOU. Thus each student’s list will be different. The idea is to highlight or capture the ideas or information that resonated most strongly with you, in a format that other people might find interesting to read.

This chapter will help you understand how photojournalists think about photo stories, including the different types of photo story. Read more of this post

Photo 2: A photo story

You have two weeks to complete this assignment. That means (in part) that my expectations are high, and grading will be strict and tough. (MuahaHA!) Seriously, you are expected to use the time given to come up with a good story, an interesting story — a truly visual story — and produce very good photos to tell it.

You can also use the extended time to discuss story ideas with me. Or reshoot everything if your first try comes out terrible. Or scrap your original idea and do it all over again. Thus, I have high expectations that you WILL be able to do a good job!

First, make sure you understand what a photo story is. We discussed it in class today, but also, Kobré’s chapter 11 should make perfectly clear what a good photo story consists of. One huge hint: PEOPLE. Stories are about PEOPLE.

Forbidden topics

FOUR (4) story topics are forbidden: (1) animal shelters/animal rescue; (2) homeless people; (3) anything involving “tabling” (ask me if you don’t know what this means); (4) anything about Krishna LunchRead more of this post

WordPress photo gallery example

To create a photo gallery in a WordPress blog post, use the Add Media button while you in the post editor. An overlay will open. In the upper left corner of the overlay, click “Create Gallery.”

Here’s a gallery (it is NOT a photo story):

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First you upload your images via the WordPress “Add Media” overlay. Then you create the gallery. Under GALLERY SETTINGS, choose “Link To: None” and “Type: Slideshow.”

You can see these photos and five more in this Dropbox photo album.

Here are instructions for Dropbox: How to Create and Share a Dropbox Photo Album