must relate to each other and allow the viewer to follow the story line from
beginning to end.
Each picture must have visual appeal and clearly
communicate an idea or feeling that relates to the point or theme of the
story. This relationship is called continuity. Five continuity types that
are frequently used to hold picture stories together are as follows:
a. Simple Commonality. A photojournalist uses simple commonality when
he has a group of images on the same subject that can not be arranged in any
particular order. In other words, the pictures have no starting point and
(1) For example, suppose a photojournalist has prepared a picture
story on Army journalism training.
Individual pictures might show the
(a) Two students tape recording an interview in the radio studio.
(b) A student setting Foto-type headlines for the front page of
his photo-offset paper.
(c) An instructor pointing out a speed graphic to a small group of
students gathered around him.
(d) A student,
(e) A general classroom scene showing the students seated and the
instructor using the chalkboard.
(f) A student struggling under the weight of an armful of books
issued to him the first day for use during the 12-week course.
(g) A group of students viewing the rotary presses during a field
trip to a local newspaper.
(2) Each photograph features a different pose, scene, students, and
instructors, but the common denominator is that they all show journalism
The photographs have no starting point or conclusion, but the
photojournalist has established or maintained continuity by the fact that
all the pictures pertain to the same general subject matter.
b. Narrative Chronology. Unlike the simple commonality, the narrative
chronology is presented with a definite time sequence in mind. A narrative
chronology will present pictures with a definite beginning, middle or body,