More tips of the week from past posts on TVNewsstorytellers. We have good thoughts from Mike Schuh,Boyd Huppert and Anne Herbst.
Aug 25, 2010 – Mike Schuh “A Baker’s Dozen of Sensible Schuh’s”
1 – Be Nice.
2 – Do unto others.
3 – Be a good employee.
4 – Don’t whine, no one cares.
5 – Channel your bitching into something positive.
6 – Practice every day sharpening your skills.
7 – Work hard on the small stories with “small victories”.
8 – Be ready for “your big day”.
9 – Help your co-workers.
10 – The better you log, the better you write.
11 – Edit in the camera? Try editing in your head.
12 – produce, produce, produce.
13 – Eat your vegetables and wear glasses if you need ’em.
Nov 12, 2010- Boyd Huppert “Find Focus”
Carpenters don’t pound nails without a blueprint, nor should storytellers pound computer keys without a focus. Effective reporters and photographers work as a team to identify characters, emotions and concepts that will tie together otherwise disconnected elements of a story. Focus helps storytellers determine how stories will open, close and transition between points.
Just to boot:
This always been a journalism and storytelling rule. Stories belong to the people you’re telling the story about. It is also where the focus lies (within them). Not the reporter, not the photographer, not self-promotion and not the station. Storytellers tell stories. Promotions promote the station.
May 11, 2011 -Anne Herbst “patience, my friends, is a virtue. Especially in photojournalism”
I am the person who opens up presents before the holiday, and then re-wraps them so no one will know. I spend my paycheck before I get it. I drink my beer the fastest of anyone I know—OK, maybe that last one isn’t a good example, but you get the point. I’m impatient.
But patience, my friends, is a virtue. Especially in photojournalism. It’s worth it. I know you’re told to roll on something for 10 seconds, get a nice rock solid shot, and move on. Sometimes I roll for a minute. 2 minutes. 5 minutes. Even on deadline I do this. It drives people crazy…people, meaning reporters…but rolling on the action, or your character, will help you get that moment you need to make your story special. So stop always thinking in 10 second shots. Sometimes, that’s plenty. But when you can, step away from the camera, and let things unfold in front of your lens–like an unstable GI Joe falling in the dirt.