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Chapter 8: Telling Stories with Video


Digital cameras and software have been produced by millions of amateur videos  around the world.

In this chapter, Briggs take us through the basic concepts of shooting and editing digital video. We explore the ways in which journalists produce and publish video while telling a story that appeals to their audience.

A lot of videos online are not professionally produced, which means they are unedited with poor volume levels or poor equipped. But, you must know that professional digital videos are not necessary.

But, how will the video tell a story?

Your video has to have a plan. If you are doing something like breaking news, then you won’t have a plan. All you know you know is what news is happening, and that you have to capture news for your audience. However, you can still catch eye witnesses and investigators. You can even catch footage of whatever is around the scene at that time. All is worth capturing.

When you take your shots of footage, mix it up! You can do:

Your story should always include interesting action. This means you will taking what is called five-shot sequences that show and express something that relates to the bigger story.

  1. Close-up on the hands
  2. Close-up on the face
  3. Wide
  4. Over the shoulder shot
  5. Creative shot

So, what kind of equippment is recommended to use? You will need video equipment that has buttons that record, play and stop, and forward and back.  There are several companies that have point-and-shoot cameras that user friendly and easy to use including Kodak, RCA, Apitek, DXG and Samsung.


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