Comics were part of news before photos and still are. Not just the result of an Art class, comics can express opinions in a manner that any reader can understand. They can also be disrespectful of authority where a paper might get nervous.
Matthew Brady first brought home the realities of the Civil War with photos and Eddie Adam’s photo of the assassination of a Viet Cong soldier helped end the Vietnam War. A picture can have a powerful impact on the viewer that speaks directly to his or her feelings.
Because photos have such impact, it’s critical to be accurate. Never alter or mislabel a photo and be sensitive to situations and people. Today a reporter may be asked to provide their own photos or video, so a Photography class may be in order. When taking photos, look for:
Cutlines are the copy that describes the picture. They identify the subject of the photo and are essentials on computers for the blind. Always double-check names of your subject and be specific about date, time, and place.
Photos aren't the only graphic with impact. Think about how helpful a map can be. Charts, in particular, can help convey complex information. To ensure accuracy, include:
And you thought Math had no place in news!