The Elements of Photography and Visual Storytelling [VIDEO]

As we start thinking about incorporating more multimedia content in our online presence, check out this webinar from NPR Visuals.

Elements of Photography from NPR Editorial Training on Vimeo.

In this webinar, multimedia trainer Kainaz Amaria, takes you on a photographic journey from understanding the fundamentals of visual storytelling to what makes a good image and how you can make better portraits.

Composition Titles

What do you do with books and works of art?  According to AP Style:


Magazines and newspapers are not italicized, just capitalized. Books, films, TV shows, works of art, etc., use quotation marks around them.

Example: She read The New York Times before she turned on the television to watch “Survivor”.

Transcription Options

Want to transcribe your audio files?  Here are some options:

1. Pop-up Archive – Free + Paid Options

This is amazing!  Not free (past one hour) but reasonable. However, they will deliver you a timestamped machine-transcribed transcript (voice recognition software) in as many minutes as your audio file is long. You can also tag it with a full set of metadata. Your audio files and transcripts are stored online publicly or privately, as you choose.

2. Transcribe– Paid

Also not free but reasonably priced. This tool allows you to dictate your audio as you listen and has tools to let you make corrections to the voice recognition as you go. $20 for an annual license.

3. Mac Native Dictation Free with Mac

Mac’s native dictation tool allows you to dictate in any word processing document using voice recognition software.

4. Dragon Speak Paid

Dictation tool works with Word, Google docs, etc. This is pricey desktop software.

5. Rev Paid

For a dollar a minute ($1.25 plus timestamp) you can get human-transcribed transcripts delivered within 24 hours, usually less.

Know of any other options? Share with Nina, and I’ll add to this list.

Update: Quick Checklist for WDET Web Posts

We’ve created a double-sided single page checklist for web posts. The goal: to distill the info in the editorial guidance documents on this website.

The document contains a six-step process and checklist for creating compelling web posts. This can be printed out and stationed at your desk. As always, these are living documents and we encourage all reporters and producers to provide feedback and new ideas to improve it.

Check it out here >>>

ProPublica Podcast: Headline Writing with an NYT Guru

Screenshot 2015-06-22 12.06.02Check out this great podcast on headline writing in the digital age from ProPublica.


  • The ways online news has changed headline writing. (11:57)


How headlines are written and approved at The Times. “The essence is the key, and the tone is the


” Massey says, noting the “restrained tone,” that is The Times’ hallmark. “It’s not ‘bloodbath,’ and


” he says. (2:16)


The Times’ well-documented “fondness, or maybe even overuse” of headlines beginning with a prepositional phrase, which spawned the #nytbooks hashtag on Twitter in 2012. (4:50)


Massey’s background, from his start as a sportswriter at the Log Cabin Democrat in Conway, Arkansas. (6:58)


Tips for writing clear, engaging headlines: “You have to write the headline on the story that’s there,” Massey says. “You can’t, sort of, write the headline on the story you wish were there.” (15:47)