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1 Meaningful Captions

2 Answer 5Ws & H Complete & accurate reporting Attend activity or event Interview subjects in photo Interview subjects involved not in photo Get photographer’s notes Research history of photo story

3 Ask the Questions Quality questions get quality answers Who What When Where Why How Tell readers about the event Describe the best memories of the event Tell us something we can’t see from photo

4 All the Write Words Lead-in Attention-getting word or phrase relating to the action/reaction of the photo Primary sentence Reports the most important 5Ws & H, showcases the most important aspect in first 5-7 words & is in present tense Secondary sentence(s) Provides details not obvious in the photo (when/why/how) & written in past tense

5 TUMBLE TIME Seniors Brittany Fenn and Cammy Kennedy Ident // Brief identification & description TUMBLE TIME Seniors Brittany Fenn and Cammy Kennedy Class competition winners

6 TUMBLE TIME To win the class spirit competitions, senior Brittany Fenn stuffs Cammy Kennedy into a barrel and rolls her 300 feet from one end of the gym to the other just ahead of the juniors followed by the freshmen and sophomores. Summary // Answer to the most important 5Ws & H

7 TUMBLE TIME To win the class spirit competitions, senior Brittany Fenn stuffs Cammy Kennedy into a barrel and rolls her 300 feet from one end of the gym to the other just ahead of the juniors followed by the freshmen and sophomores. “I was so dizzy that I couldn’t walk for over 15 minutes and all my friends thought it was funny and found reasons to make me try to walk,” Cammy said. Expanded // Summary caption + additional information, insight

8 Editing Guidelines Refine captions for strong appeal Keep captions factual; no editorializing Include honest facts, figures & feelings Go beyond the obvious; capture outcome or consequences of the action Write first sentence in present tense; subsequent sentences in past tense Use visual nouns & action verbs Avoid repetition of words Avoid beginning with names Avoid school name, initials, mascot Maintain style consistency Vary caption starting words on a spread

9 Practice makes Perfect Write one each of the following: Ident Summary Expanded

10 Practice makes Perfect Rewrite this caption: Senior Johnny Williams runs the ball in hopes of making a touchdown.


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