Guidelines for Video Shooting Project

You may want to review the tips about shooting video in Journalism 2.0.

In choosing your story about "making the invisible visible," you should choose a story in which interesting shots can serve as both evidence to support your claims and a locale in which to situate your story to promote viewer identification.

Are there specific scenes that you wish to capture?

Do you have ideas about particular people you would ask for comment?

Do you have close-up objects that you would want to be in focus?

Video Shooting Grading Criteria


An "A" project has interesting and well-composed and well-lit shots, good sound, engaging voice-over and a strong "lead" that draws the viewer in to your story. The approach to the news topic is insightful, credible, unique, and suitable for a portfolio; the level of thinking/analysis is strong and appeals to a variety of audiences as well as demonstrates expertise. Video and audio quality show professional competence without distracting with extraneous demonstrations of virtuosity.


A "B" project tells the story visually and with sound in a way that is acceptable, reasonable,and thoughtful; the level of thinking/analysis is appropriate and balances human interest with substantive investigation in the public interest. Video and audio quality do not distract from the story.


A "C" project may have problems developing a story, lack a compelling lead, or make limited use of the multimedia format. There may be distracting issues with video or audio quality. The story made visible may be too obvious or obscure to be of interest.


A "D" project doesn't show planning or willingness to reshoot bad footage or rerecord bad audio. It may also choose a story already covered by another source.


An "F" project ignores essential requirements of the assignment.