Tell the camera WHEN and WHERE you are filming.

Discussion in 'Protest Advice' started by emptyprize, Jun 23, 2009.

  1. emptyprize Member

    If you are filming a news event, like a protest or violent encounter, please say to the camera at some point, or repeatedly, WHERE and WHEN the recorded action is taking place. Like, "Valiasr Avenue 430pm Tuesday" or "San Francisco City Hall, June 23 at noon".

    This will greatly aid viewers in understanding, and foreign media outlets in reporting, the veracity, context and chronology of video they receive. Without such information, the lead-in to most videos consists of "we don't know when or where this is but..." and then they try to guess or just say when it was submitted.

    So, if you are holding a camera, or if you look into the camera and don't know what to say, say WHERE and WHEN this is, and you are doing a journalistic service. It is a good habit for any citizen journalist. The camera takes care of who, what and how. But unless the location and time are obvious (i.e., Azadi Tower in the background with today's newspaper in the foreground), then it is up to the journalist to indicate WHERE and WHEN. This is true with regard to the events in Iran as well as to anyone holding a camera anywhere and seeing news in the viewfinder.

    My eternal gratitude to anyone brave enough to hold a recording device while the dangers of doing so remain immense. You are the foot-soldiers in a new type of revolution and your bravery is felt worldwide. May peace once again be upon you all.
  2. It's not a really good idea to show your face in this situation, and even your voice could be dangerous. I would recommend NEVER showing your face. If you can't somehow show the street on video I would say it, but never show your face.

    Obviously this doesn't apply to Americans in San Francisco per se. But in Iran extra measures for saftey should be taken seriously.
  3. just speak loudly location and time, no need to show your face.


    Azadi Square, June 24th, 7pm. That or grabbing a newspaper of that day and filming the date printed on it will do.
  4. Keep it Simple!

    Who, what, where, when, how, why?
    Who, what, where, when, how, why? | VisualJournalism

    This is the same clean and concise

    Anonym URL

    Keep the message as easy to read as possible for all people bearing in mind that millions of users do not have English as their 1st language

    English is a 2nd language for billions of people so keep it understandable!
  5. bump

    this is really good advice.

    stay safe, get news out, dont let them keep this quite
  6. Repost from VirtualJournalism for Iranian brothers

    1. Who? - You get to tell a story about real humans. No matter if theyre dead, wounded or miraculously saved

    2. What? - Violent events will always include solid stuff suitable for drawing/rendering. Compare that to a political or financial story, where the graphic artist are left with abstract metaphors at best. No need to draw The Puzzle or The Web.

    3. Where? - A physical event takes place somewhere. You can describe the location realistically or with a map. Only focus on the location if it plays a role for the event.

    4. When? - A story which has a distinct beginning is always nice for The Story Unfolded-type of graphics. Many of these events are over, when theyre reported, so you might get to include the ending too.

    5. How? - Enter the visual journalist. Most of the times you wont have footage or even a photo of the dramatic events - and if someone did take a blurry photo with his cellphone it wont answer the burning question. How? Just remember that this question can be very difficult to get right, but youll have the editor ask for it anyway - on behalf of the readers. This question is the reason you cant produce good graphics, if your background and interest is purely design. The execution of this point decides whether your content is top-class, or youre just dressing up the easy facts in new clothes.

    6. Why? - Exit the visual journalist. There might be examples, where the graphics will try to answer why? - but I havent seen any memorable infographic works in coverage of violent events. Its an important question, so maybe theres a chance to broaden our field here? My guess is it will have to be reserved for the analysis, which normally takes place several days after the actual event. At a time, where editors have forgot about infographics again. Perhaps the quicker news-cycle in the webnews will shift that paradigm? We want the analysis only hours after an event. Or will it just mean that infographics go out of the newscycle altogether?




    Someone translate this to farsi manually cause lolgoogletranslation

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