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Emerson College
Journalism (JR)
JR 103
Douglas Struck

Chapter 1: Telling Stories NARRATIVEARC You Tell Stories All the Time - Our own personal stories are real; they are nonfiction. - Reality TV shows are highly orchestrated and often partially fictionalized pieces of entertainment. - Real stories reveal actual people living through the thrills and pitfalls of unadulterated events in their lives without the interference of a script doctor. STORYTELLING OR NEWS REPORT Traditional News - Traditional news stories use the inverted pyramid: o Resolution  details  context  reactions  what’s next - News articles and typical television reports are content to inform viewers. - Storytelling not only informs viewers but also engages them emotionally. Personal Story - Your story evokes problems you yourself face. - You might begin by exposing the problem. Then you might go on to explain what you did about overcoming the problem. - Your tale features a sensitive character (you) facing an obstacle to overcome. The Rise and Fall of Freytag’s Pyramid - Exposition  rising action  climax  falling action  resolution - Exposition provides an introduction to the character(s), the conflict, and the basic setting. - Rising action reveals the complication in more detail. - The climax is the moment of greatest tension in a story, a turning point in addressing the conflict or complication. - Falling action is what unravels after the climax; the story is now heading toward its conclusion. - The resolution is where complications are resolved and the story comes to an end. - You need to set up your story–characters, issues, location–in a way that allows events to unfold. NARRATIVE VERSUS NEWS STORY An Idea Is Not a Story - Your first goal is to find the story in your idea: how to turn an idea into a story. Good Storyteller or Bore? - Good videojournalists do not just report facts. They employ classic storytelling techniques to present accounts about real people. - Videojournalism applies the fictional storyteller’s techniques of character development and story arc to relate real-life tales. Kingsley’s Crossing: ACompelling Narrative - “Kingsley’s Crossing” is about a poor young Cameroonian man who is driven to emigrate to Europe to find a better life because he faces poverty and stagnation at home. - Photojournalist Oliver Jobard was vividly aware of the wave ofAfrican immigrants desperately seeking better lives and economic opportunities in Europe. - Jobard decided to document on person making the treacherous, illegal journey from Africa to Europe. o The documentary combines Jobard’s still images with a videotaped interview of Kingsley. SHAPING HISTORY Three-Act Play - ACT I: Introduce your characters; give us a reason to care about them and introduce key layers of conflict. - ACT II: Reveal complication and how it layers and intensifies until the crisis. - ACT III: Resolve the conflict/crisis, and finish the story in a satisfying way. Complication and Resolution - Good stories typically contain layers of complications. - Complications can be good or bad: o Complication is any problem that a person encounters. - Significant: o The problem must be basic enough and significant enough that most people can relate to it. - Resolution: o Any change in the character or situation that resolves the complication. o Most daily problems don’t have resolutions and therefore don’t lend themselves to
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