Nothing too strenuous for this read & respond. Mainly, read through the assigned Briggs chapter 6 on visual storytelling. Think about his advice and the example experts he gives. Many of you have been incorporating visuals in your work, so you seem to have a good understanding of the subject, but start to think about more creative forms of visual storytelling. How might your blogs tell a story that is more visual than text (and while “use lots of photos” is surely an answer, it’s not the ONLY answer).
Second, I’d like you to look at some photoblogs. What’s a photoblog? Find out for yourself. Cake Wrecks, which we discussed, is an example. Why? Post at least one (use an in-text link, not the URL, please) and tell us a bit about how it works.
Third, go poke around a bit in Tumblr. This site (and others like it) are becoming prominent examples of quick-hit, visual blogging. Actually, I’m not even sure if “blogging” is the right word for whatever Tumblr is, but it’ll suffice for now. This Huffington Post list of “33 Tumblrs you NEED to follow” might be a good place to explore. Maybe even create one yourself (although that’s not part of the assignment). It may not be your thing, but resist the urge to gripe’n’grumble and remember: Look past the content to what’s behind it. What ideas are here that we as journalists can use?
Finally, I’d like to share with you this gem from our spam filter:
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I guess there’s always room for improvement.
Remember, your responses are due by noon Monday, March 28 (after spring break) as a comment to this post.