ASSIGNMENT: Images in Use (Clarified)

Think about the five categories of images we talked about in class today – portraits, general news, spot news, features and sports. How are they used in daily publications?

Over the next few days, collect an example of each and give me a few sentences on how it helps a reader understand the story. Does it add information? Emotion? Context? Depth? Is it a waste of space and resources?

You can shoot the photos on your phone or do a screen capture and pull them into a document where you can add the text, save it out as a PDF and then email it to me by 5 p.m. on Saturday. If you want to put it in a PowerPoint-like presentation, that’s fine, too. Please make sure Morning or Afternoon (when you have the class) is in the subject so I can place it quickly.

Don’t fret over design on this, we’re just starting to talk about pictures.

Here are the definitions for image types again:

  • Portraits: Depictions of individuals or groups that are controlled by the photographer.
  • General News: Coverage of events for which advance planning was possible. Examples include, but are not limited to, courtroom events, funerals, news conferences, mock exercises and campaigns.
  • Spot News: Coverage of events for which no advance planning was possible. Examples include, but are not limited to, accidents, fires, natural disasters and spot police action.
  • Features: Events and subjects (other than Spot News, General News, Sports or Illustration) depicted in one photo.
  • Sports: Sports action and sports feature in one or more photos.

ADDENDUM: You don’t need to go shoot these photos, you’re looking for them in already published works. Newspapers, magazines or web sites are all fine sources for this.

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