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Practicing Captions Handout
Learn to write journalistic captions with as much detail as possible using ABCDQ.
A. Action – Make it present tense. Describe what is happening in the photo. Active verbs matter here. Readers must be able to identify the photo based on the action.
B. Basic information – Give the essential information. Who is in the photo, what grade are they in, where are they and when is this happening? This can be part of the first or second sentence.
C. Complementary information – Give a little extra. Share something about the photo the reader would not otherwise know. This is the second or third sentence.
DQ. Direct quote – Include a meaningful, descriptive quote. This is the third sentence, unless you have a long storytelling caption, then it’s the fourth sentence.
An ABCDQ caption is a mini story. Not every caption has to be ABCDQ. Simple headshots get a name and grade. Other situations may call for a shorter version. Mix it up!
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