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Captions sell stories, Wednesday lab (152)

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  1. Brittney Schuessler
    October 28, 2008 at 2:46 am

    It wasn’t easy for me to find a caption that I liked after reading the suggestions on how to write a captivating cutline. Many captions stated the obvious and didn’t tell me anything new.

    On Oct. 27, I came across a photograph that caught my eye on foxnews.com. The picture was of a gas station, but the focus was on the prices of fuel. It caught my eye because I look at gas prices each time I pass a gas station longing to see the prices lower than the day before.

    The caption read: The average price for a gallon of gas plunges more steeply than ever over the last two weeks — but how low can it go?

    This particular caption was short, effective and made me want to read the story. It also told me what was happening both in the picture and in the caption without being repetitive.

    It didn’t say specifically where or why, but in this case, I don’t think it was necessary.

  2. Michael Saeger
    October 28, 2008 at 1:54 pm

    I found a good caption for a picture of Texas Tech quarterback Graham Harrell on Page 5 of the sports section of the Lincoln Journal Star on October 27, 2008. The caption read: “Texas Tech quarterback Graham Harrell (6) directs his receivers during the second half of Saturday’s 63-21 victory against Kansas. Now the sixth-ranked and undefeated Red Raiders have to face No. 1 Texas.” I thought that this caption was very well written. The photo is very simple, but this caption puts the entire game into focus. This caption tells the reader when this moment occurred in the game, and gives the reader an easy way to find the final score. Texas Tech’s rank and next week’s opponent are also given. This is a lot of information for the reader to consider in a very small space. This caption effectively gives the reader more information than is captured in this photo.

  3. Sara McCue
    October 28, 2008 at 2:14 pm

    I also found it was difficult to find an interesting caption after our discussion in class.

    I did run across one on CNN.com that caught my attention. The picture was of a large group of people gathered around a casket. One man was holding a sign that was written in a foreign language. The caption read: “We will not bow for America. No, No, No for America,” reads a sign during a funeral in Syria on Monday.

    The caption was short, but it answered most of my questions. I wanted to know where the funeral was taking place, and I wanted to know what the sign said. It didn’t answer my question about why the funeral was taking place, which forced me to read the article. I thought this was an interesting tactic.

  4. Adam Ziegler
    October 28, 2008 at 11:36 pm

    I got my caption from the Oct. 28 World-Herald, from a story about how a rancher tames wild horses. The photo was actually pretty boring, just a guy standing next to a horse with a tarp over it, but the caption was still really good. The caption said: “Dusty Barner takes a gentle approach to taming horses. Here, he rubs a tarp over a horse’s body to show that the tarp is nothing to fear. ‘The key is to not force anything on the horse,’ Barner said. ‘Let the horse make his own decisions. If he wants to move away, let him . . .'” I liked this caption because it gives you more insight into what’s happening in the picture by explaining why Barner put the tarp on the horse. It doesn’t just say what’s happening, it explains why it’s happening and I think that adds a lot more to the photo, which other wise is really boring and pretty bad.

  5. Zach Artz
    October 29, 2008 at 2:04 am

    I got my caption from the World-Herald website. It accompanies an article titled “A donation of dentures brings smiles all around.” The picture is of an older man smiling and looking into a small mirror. The caption reads: Woody Erving checks out his new teeth at the Creighton Dental Clinic. “I’m really grateful,” he said. “It feels like winning the lottery.” I thought this was a good caption because it made me feel happy for the guy to be getting a good set of teeth. If somebody feel like they “won the lottery” when they got a new set of dentures, he must have really needed them. The quote gives a personal spin to the photo that makes me want to read the story.

  6. October 29, 2008 at 2:22 am

    The caption I found was from the NBC Philadelphia website. The photo is of Citizen’s Bank Park ground crew members unfurling the tarp on the already rain-soaked field during the 6th inning of the suspended World Series Game 5. The cutline reads, “The grounds crew is going to need to leave the tarp on the field Tuesday because Game 5 has been delayed again.”

    I like that the caption didn’t simply say that the crew was putting the tarp on the field. Instead, it includes the more relevant information that Game 5 did not resume Tuesday night as originally announced on FOX.

    http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/sports/baseball/phillies/MLB_No_Game_5_Tuesday.html

  7. Nate Pohlen
    October 29, 2008 at 4:09 am

    The caption I liked is from the USA Today website. The picture is of an Iraqi woman coming out of a small building on the side of a road. There is a soldier standing by a truck in the background. The cutline reads, “An Iraqi woman exits a guard house at a checkpoint in Youssifiyah. About 50 female members of the Awakening Council are working with the Iraqi army to conduct searches on women at checkpoints.”

    I liked this caption because it did a good job of providing context for a picture that could not stand alone. The caption tells more of the story behind the picture and is very informative, so much so that a reader doesn’t even have to read the story to know that Iraqi women are now being searched at checkpoints.

  8. Sarah McCallister
    October 29, 2008 at 5:31 am

    In the Tuesday, Oct. 28 Omaha World-Herald, there is a picture of a young girl holding a small pumpkin. The caption reads, “It’s not the Great Pumpkin, Clarice Buck, but it’s still great. The 3-year-old daughter of Ed and Kate Buck of Bellevue participated in Halloween With the Wild Things at the Fontenelle Forest Nature Center in Bellevue over the weekend.” I really liked this one because it gave the basic who, what, when, where and why, but the first sentence gives it a more interesting twist. By making a Charlie Brown reference, the cute, playful tone of the caption matches the emotion portrayed by the photograph.

  9. Dan Girmus
    October 29, 2008 at 2:34 pm

    I like the caption for this photo, one of Time’s pictures of the year in 2005: http://www.time.com/time/yip/2005/. It reads “one storm has passed, but the stately homes and mansions of New Orleans’ Garden District had another to contend with on the Sunday after Katrina struck. Blazes raged through the neighborhood, allegedly set by boat-borne looters.” Besides just being a really succinct, well-written cutline, it illustrates a part of the Katrina story that you didn’t hear too much about in the aftermath: the destruction of the homes of the wealthy. This picture and cutline give good perspective on the total breadth of the damage that was done to the entire city.

  10. Natasha Richardson
    October 29, 2008 at 4:27 pm

    One photo that really caught my attention when I first saw it was in a January edition of The New York Times. In Muhammad Hamed’s photo, snow has fallen in Jordan. A man in the foreground is playing with a snowball while a person in the background sits in the snow. It was when I saw this photo that I decided that I really needed to start analyzing other photographers’ work in order to learn what I do and don’t like about certain photos.

    I thought this photo was basically a lot of fun and showed the giddy emotions of the people playing in the snow, and I think the cutline did a good job staying light and fun as well. It provided information and really let the reader know just how odd the snowstorm in Jordan was.

    Cut head: “A Snowy Day in — Jordan?”
    Cut line: “A heavy — and highly unusual — snowstorm struck Jordan on Wednesday, closing schools and stores and disrupting transit on Thursday, but generating playfulness among Amman residents.”

  11. Lindsey Givens
    October 29, 2008 at 5:10 pm

    My caption is from the October 29 New York Times. It is a great photograph taken from inside a vehicle. The caption says, “A broken bus window framed a Mumbai, Indai, street on Oct. 21 as riots followed the arrest of a party leader.”

    I liked it because it not only told me what was going on in the street, it also mentioned that the photo was shot through the broken window of a bus. The photo was interesting and the caption did a good job of explaining it in detail.

  12. Mike
    October 29, 2008 at 5:14 pm

    My caption comes from Yahoo photos. I noticed it when reading a recap on the Monday night football game. The photo has some nice action and the cut line helped display the movement.

    The touchdown was a big moment in the game but the picture shows how the Titans’ running back adjusted to the defender and was able to avoid being tackled before scoring on his short run.

    The caption is also extremely informative. It tells you who the game was between, when the game was and who won. All important elements to a sports photo.

    Caption: “Tennessee Titans running back LenDale White (25) leaps over Indianapolis Colts linebacker Gary Brackett (58) to score a touchdown on a 1-yard run in the fourth quarter of an NFL football game in Nashville, Tenn., Monday, Oct. 27, 2008. The Titans won 31-21.”

  13. Tyler DeBoer
    October 29, 2008 at 5:21 pm

    A caption that I found that I liked was from SI.com. It was a story on the Phillies/Rays world series game and how it was suspended, and it was looking at how the game will be different once it starts again in the bottom of the 6th inning. One of the focuses of the article was on the Phillies’ Ryan Madson, a reliever who is expected to “start” the game once it resumes again. The caption reads “A rested Ryan Madson is just one reason the Phillies have a big edge once Game 5 resumes” and is a picture of Madson. I thought it was an effective caption. It told me who it was, why he was pictured, and what he brings to the table for the Phillies when the game resumes.

  14. Ryan Boetel
    October 29, 2008 at 7:54 pm

    No need to lie since the submission time is right next to our name, I didn’t do the assignment in time. But I did find a cool picture on http://www.time.com/time/picturesoftheweek
    The headline next to the picture is: Smoldering. The caption reads…
    A Carigal Aborigine performs a traditional welcoming ceremony during the opening of the 9th World Congress of Metropolis, a gathering of city officials from all over the world, in Sydney, Australia.
    The “smoldering” headline works well when looking at the picture because there is a red glow surrounding the man. And I liked how the caption provided information about where the ceremony was taking and why it was being held.
    But I think a quote from either an Aborigine ot a observor would have added to the caption.

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