Introductions of articles

In the last session with Carmen we discussed the importance of a good news article and how the most important information will be situated at the top of the article. As a part of the assessment criteria for this unit we have to write and publish our own NIB’s on what is happening in the patches of Hull we have been allocated. News in briefs are basically an intro of a bigger article. It should be short, snappy and have the (who, what, when, where and why) within it to be a good NIB. I have been asked to find three articles and discuss the introduction structure of the writing. Identifying if the (5 W’s and how) have been used within the opening paragraphs.

The first article I have looked at is a recent publication in the Hull daily mail. It is about a 6-year-old boy that went missing from a local school.


Photo source: Taken from the web page

In the first paragraph it identifies who and what the article was about (a boy that went missing) When was also identified within first couple of sentences (yesterday and an hour later was found) Where was also stated in the first paragraph – went missing from Hall road school and found on Beverly road. How was identified that he cycled away from the school. Why is still unclear within the first couple of paragraphs

The next article I have looked at is on the Mail Online website. It is about a boy that is trapped in a pensioner’s body and weighs 2st.

Photo source: Taken from the web page

Photo source: Taken from the web page

In this article I have found some of the 5W’s. Who (Nihal Bitla) what and why (genetic disorder called Hutchinson-Gilford Progeria Syndrome (HGPS), where (ho lives on the outskirts of Mumbai, India). Its not clear the when. i personally think this story is captivating so i would definitely read on to find more information out. i believe that the intro is really strong and draws the viewers in.

The last article i found was on the live science website. the article was  about three people who got a nobel prize for new DNA finding.

Photo source: taken from the website

Photo source: Taken from the web page

In this publication there were some of the 5W’s seen within the first couple of paragraphs but not all of them was found. Who (Three scientists) what (nobel prize) why (found a way cells can repair damaged DNA) when and where was not specified in the first couple of paragraphs.

Ethical debate about Photoshop

I strongly believe that a “real photograph” is an image captured at that specific moment of time and that any sort of alterations and enhancements made later could be seen as lying or cheating. This is because the manipulation could be used to persuade people into buying into a product/brand and could make people feel worse about their appearance, because what they see they believe to be real. In fact, if an image is manipulated it is no more real or natural. I think that being able to manipulate images through software’s is very clever and useful. However, morally I feel like it should be used for good like getting rid of the odd spot and change the colours slightly if needed. Not to make a hyper real representation of a human being.

I would personally like to work within a different field of the Creative Journalism and media Sector. However, If I was offered a job to work with Photoshop then I would take the job but put some of my ethical and moral opinions aside as it is well paid and is a big part of modern day industries within the Publications and Prints.  I isn’t to say that I would put all the moral and ethical opinions that I have well away I would always try to keep the integrity of the image. In todays society jobs are hard to come by, so Yes I would take a job working with photoshop.

Photoshop – Manipulating an Image

In todays session of Creative Futures, Graphic design – we had a group tutorial and workshop session using Photoshop. Today was about having an attempted to manipulate an image of someone’s face, to improve and get rid of unwanted spots, blemishes and imperfections. All the group received the same image sourced from the internet of a woman’s face. She had bad acne and imperfections.

I learned today that after you import the image sourced from the web you had to change the DPI from 72dpi to a higher Dpi of 300. This meant that the format of the image changes and if need be would allow the image to be blown up to billboard sizes. Also I learned that before I could actually start editing the image I had to click on the image drop down bar, go onto mode and change it to CYMK. As this is generally used for Print. This is crucial that you change the settings to match the project and format required, as it makes the outcome of the image different. If I was to leave the changes to the dpi, then I might require to have it in a large format so stretching it would cause issues like pixilation.

After this we did things like duplication and spot healing on the skin. A major filter used when changing features on the face in the liquefy tool this allows us to use things like the bloat, pucker and forward warp tools. Each tool has different effects on the image. These are so important when trying to create a perfect `hyper real representation of a human being’. Also we changed things like the colour saturation and balance. As well as using tools like burn, dodge and sponge. To help create light and shade in the image.

As a group we managed to be at the stage where we are ready to start airbrush and bring back some human like tones. These are the before and after I made the changes to the image.