Here’s what you missed on Wednesday, July 11

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Here’s what you missed on Wednesday, July 11. 

1. Decoding ethics

NKU associate professor Stacie Jankowski led a lecture about the Society of Professional Journalists’ (SPJ) code of ethics: seek truth and report it, minimize harm, act independently and be accountable and transparent. She explained several examples of each tenet and had students pose solutions to the ethical dilemmas.

Students addressed scenarios they might face in the field and discussed them with each other. Jankowski also showed students examples of photos and mentioned the ethical debate behind the publishing of them. She said that a huge part of remaining ethical is being able to defend the publication of a story or photo.

2. Shaping stories

The students were sectioned into groups to cover four stories this afternoon. Within their groups, they created plans for their interview. Students cultivated open-ended questions, video and photograph ideas before brainstorming infographics.

They worked together with mentors to create a plan for their interviews and filming. The students also wanted to record B-roll around each interview sites. EMB professor John Gibson taught the students more about B-roll and the importance of having too much, rather than too little.

3. Field Experience

Maria’s group covered a group of NKU students who studied abroad in Guatemala to film a documentary. Natalie and McLuckie’s group covered the archaeological dig NKU professors and students have been working on for the past three years.

Chris’ group covered students working in the simulation lab of the new Health Innovation Center. Emerson and Laine’s group covered women’s basketball, interviewing forward Grayson Rose and assistant athletic communications director Chloe Smith.

4. Break out of the box

Students had the choice to go to one of three different sessions: photo editing, magazine writing and infographic design. Mentors Emerson Swoger and Sam Rosenstiel led the first session about photo editing, discussing the basics of editing and how to write cutlines for photos.

Students also had the chance to experiment in and explore Photoshop and learned what made the ideal feature photo for a story.

One of the major talking points at Cincinnati Magazine Associate Editor Kevin Schultz’s writing workshop was the differences between magazine and news writing. Schultz explained newspapers are expected to be quick in today’s 24/7 news cycle and adopt a more serious tone. Magazine writers, on the other hand, can have more fun and take their time to dive deep into a story.

Michelle Vaske led the third session on infographic design and visual elements in stories. During her discussion, students learned the components to design and create effective infographics and how aspects such as color, typography and alignment may influence their content. Building upon a previous lesson, students were able to test out a variety of different programs and softwares to find which was suited best for their journalism projects they will finish by the end of the week.

5. Practicing Premiere

The final lesson had students learning the basics of Adobe Premiere Pro taught by John Gibson. Before delving into Premiere, he told students that structure will depend on story, format and who they are as artists. He gave them three suggestions on beginning their videos: start with an interview, start with B-roll footage, then jump to the interview, or start with an interview and jump between interview and footage.

When they starting editing, Gibson told them to mark a starting point in their footage, then mark an end and drag it down into their timeline. The lesson concluded with the students playing around, searching for the structure that works for them.

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