Small Town Georgia

Nice piece by Evelyn Nieves at The New York Times’ Lens blog about the work Stephanie Calabrese is doing documenting Monroe, Georgia. (Which was the site of our second WWW, if you’re curious.)

Stories from 2015, when we were in Stephens County, are collected on the Grady Journal site. Take a look at Hannah Burke’s piece as it’s a great profile of a local business. Rachel Eubanks and Hannah Kicklighter had strong pieces that you can learn from, as well. And Stephanie Lennox’s took a huge turn during the weekend.

Oh, just look at all of them …

In 2016, we were in Harris County and those stories were posted on Grady Newsource.

Three Classes Away

We are getting close to the workshop, but we have a few things coming up in advance.

  • Tuesday, March 14 – We will have some folks in from AL.com to talk about the Southern Girls Project and how they are doing more video and multimedia storytelling. We will also spend the second half of class talking through your Woodall Weekend Workshop story ideas.
  • Thursday, March 16 – We will have Caroline Rault in from ROSCO. They make a lot of pretty cool stuff, spend some time on their site to learn about them.
  • Tuesday, March 21 – We will do your second Doc Story checking. Five images, due on the server by 5 p.m. on Monday, March 20. Move your story forward, we started with seeing what your story looked like, you need to have more depth this time through. We will also run through the plan for the workshop.
  • Thursday, March 23 – No class as I’ll be packing up and prepping for the workshop.

Remember that you need to collect audio during the workshop so you’ll need to have an audio recorder with you. The Tascam DR-05 or Zoom H1 are decent entry level recorders. Sony makes some inexpensive over-the-ear headphones that work well.

You can spend a lot of money on audio recorders. Those entry level ones will work fine for your projects this semester, but they have some limitations. They do allow you to manually set recording levels and monitor sound (two critical features), but the pre-amps in them are a little hissy. I’ve used both and they’re perfectly acceptable, but I went a little nuts last year and picked up a Tascam DR-100 Mk II and a Beyerdynamic M58 mic.

I blame Rob Rosenthal for this.

ASSIGNMENT: Story Pitches and Doc Project, Part Two

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In the second half of our March 14 class, we’ll go through your story ideas for the Woodall Weekend Workshop. Please have them sketched out so you can share with the class.

The second look at your Documentary Project will be another five photos, due on eLC by 5 p.m. on Monday, March 21. This set of images should take us well beyond what your story looks like and into what it means.

Over break, please also finish reading the Bob Lynn book, understanding it will help you during the workshop weekend.

ASSIGNMENT: Shoot2Sound

Each of you has been emailed an audio file already, that’s the sound you will use. From class, you have the full script which should help you figure out where your segment starts and end.

By the start of class next Tuesday, February 14, you need to photograph and process the images for your segment – read it, listen to it and illustrate it. There are some specific things you need in each segment, how you photograph them is up to you. But remember we tell stories through people.

In class on Tuesday we will produce these short audio slide shows. You must bring your headphones and, if you have it, a laptop with Adobe Premiere on it. You should have your photos already cropped and toned, ready to be imported.

On the Tutorials page, read the Building Audio Slideshows in Adobe Premiere handout and watch the video of the same name.

Women in Photojournalism

Two online pieces have come up recently you need to read.

At The New York Times’ Lens blog, James Estrin takes a look at the state of women working in photojournalism. I don’t know that he has any solutions here, but this is a massive issue. Look around our classrooms, we average 85% women in the program but the industry is almost perfectly reversed from that split.

Over at Anchor Editions, a print-selling operation, Tim Chambers has a gallery of work from Dorothea Lange up. In 1942, she was commissioned by the government to document the Japanese-American internment camps. Her work was impounded and locked away for more than six decades. Study the way she approaches this story, how she humanizes it. Most of the images that are up are uncrossed, full frame – look at how she sees.

We will discuss each in class next week. You should be working on proposal revisions and starting to shoot your Doc Project – first check in is due February 16.

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