Writing to pictures

This had been the big weapon in every television journalist’s armoury for many years. No matter how much style you might have on screen, no matter how many ideas you have at the editorial meeting, no matter how fast and inventive you are in navigating the web, if you cannot write, you’ll be in trouble. The mechanics of writing any sort of commentary to pictures can be explained and understood in about an hour. To apply them well requires a special ability to appreciate the value that moving images have in relation to the words necessary to complement them. Writing to news pictures is a distillation of that special skill which some journalists, despite a genuine feeling for words and an empathy with pictures, never quite ...

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