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Monthly Archives: October 2008

Ready to make your first film? Want to maybe get a little something out of the deal? Yeah, this is outside of journalism (maybe, maybe not), but Apple’s Insomnia Film Festival is coming up. Register now, then make a movie in 24 hours starting at 9 a.m. on November 15. 


The New York Times has a new subsection that lets you look at news stories visually. I could lose days on this … 

It took a bit of time, but AutoWeek magazine has posted an online gallery of images from our workshop at the Petit Le Mans. We’re starting to look like a real program … 

If you were thinking of heading to Chicago on November 4, here’s what the Chicago Sun-Times has learned it will cost you … and, honestly, it’s not as much as I would have thought.


The following coverage resource packages are available for purchase:

* Main Riser Position – $935 (Includes 4 Main Riser Credentials, 5’x8′ Slot on Covered Main Riser and one 20 amp circuit)
* Main Riser Position with Telecommunications – $1870 (Includes Main Riser Position services, PLUS two unlimited long distance/local phone lines and one wired high speed internet connection)
* Cut Riser Position – $880 (Includes 4 Cut Riser Credentials, 5’x8′ Slot on Covered Cut Riser, one 20 amp circuit)
* Cut Riser Position with Telecommunications – $1815 (Includes Cut Riser Position services, PLUS two unlimited long distance/local phone lines and one wired high speed internet connection)
* Press File Seat – $935 (includes 1 Press File Credential, seat in heated Press File Tent, Power, Cable Television, High Speed Wired Internet Service, Catering)
* Satellite Truck Position – $900 (includes 35’x20′ parking position and 100 amp electrical service)
* Radio Position – $715 (includes table space and chair behind the riser, power and an ISDN BRI line for radio — comes with two credentials)

Billing information must be submitted at as part of the request. Your credit card will not be charged until the campaign confirms your coverage resource package request.

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Additional services may be purchased a la carte:

* Unlimited Long Distance Phone Line – $300
* High Speed Wired Internet – $275
* One 20 amp circuit – $165

For telephone service internet connectivity and additional power, orders must be placed by October 23rd, 2008. For questions on pricing or additional telecommunications assistance, please contact (deleted)

The following credentials may be requested at no cost:

* General Press Area – No Charge (Includes access to bike racked press area with standing room only)

You must fill out the form to the right to request each individual General Press Area credential.

Request media credentials for the Election Night event:

Credentials to access the General Media Area are available at no cost. Please note that the General Media Area is outdoors, unassigned and may have obstructed views. General Media Area credentials do not include access to riser positions, satellite truck parking or the press filing center.

Access to those resources are available for purchase at (link deleted). Space is limited.

Reuters has posted a video of its photojournalists talking about covering the Beijing Olympics. Runs just over six minutes in length, worth spending the time with.

Yup, your dream can come true …


The National Geographic Magazine will offer two photography internships during the summer or fall of 2009. The program is an opportunity for young photographers to experience first-hand the rigors of life in the professional world. It is also an opportunity for us at the Geographic to scrutinize the work of those in whom we may have further interest. We are proud that many of our regular “shooters” are former summer interns.

One internship is automatically offered to the winner of the College Photographer of the Year contest administered by the University of Missouri, Columbia. For information, go to

The other internship is awarded based on a portfolio. It is primarily for college students – undergraduate or graduate—but we will also consider someone not currently in school. The purpose of the internship is experience and encouragement to those who aspire to be a photojournalist. Interns must be at least 21 years of age and U.S. citizens, or have appropriate student work documents.

Both internships are for fourteen weeks at a salary of $480 a week. When on assignment away from the city, the Geographic pays all expenses. Transportation expenses to and from Washington at the start and conclusion of the internship are covered by the Society. The interns are responsible for their own housing.

To apply, send us a portfolio of recent work (no more than 30 images), a resume, and a letter of recommendation from a photography teacher or established photojournalist. We are interested in strong photojournalism and your ability to produce a visual narrative. We will also consider an aspiring studio photographer. CDs are the preferred method of submission but portfolios may also be in the form of slides, prints or clippings of any combination, in color and/or black and white. Digital images should be sized to approximately 1600 wide, 72 dpi.

All portfolios must be postmarked no later than January 31, 2009. Send to Susan Smith, Deputy Director of Photography, National Geographic Magazine, 1145 17th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036. Please clearly label your envelope, “NGM Photography Internship” and if you would like for us to return your portfolio, you must include a self-addressed stamped envelope. 

We will notify all applicants via email by early March 2009. Please share this information with anyone who may be interested and eligible. 

After the last post about how evil Newsweek was for not retouching a photo of vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin comes this post about whether using Palin’s legs as a framing device is sexist or not … 

Note the number of comments – more than 14,000 as of Friday morning. 
This is reminiscent of the photo of a Navy wife published in the Virginian Pilot earlier this year.

Well, this is an entertaining turn … Fox News had a segment where Newsweek was taken to task for its cover photo of Sarah Palin … and it is just bizarre …

They claim that the cover photo should have been retouched because that’s what the fashion magazines do. Umm … yes, they do. But Newsweek is not a fashion magazine, it’s a news magazine.
Granted, a news magazine that has made some serious mistakes with covers in the past, but still … 
And for those curious as to how Barack Obama has appeared on magazine covers, here’s a collection of them in one place. (From someone who probably has too much time on his hands.) I looked for a collection of McCain covers and didn’t find one, but a Google image search turns up several

The American Le Mans Series has posted photos from our weekend workshop at the Petit Le Mans. After spending 16 hours at the track, the Advanced Photojournalism class had captured 55 gigabytes worth of data, totaling somewhere over 25,000 photos of the 10-hour-long endurance race at Road Atlanta.

Four professionals came in to help for the day – freelance Robin Nathan, Billy Weeks from the Chattanooga Times Free Press

 (who shot a video on the Volkswagen support race, as well), Woody Marshall from the Macon Telegraph and Fred Metzler from Canon USA. The students were able to shoot for an hour or two, then head into an editing room to download and get feedback, then head right back out to apply what they learned.
This was the third year that I took the students there, and it’s always a highlight for them. Special thanks to the Georgia Press Association who funded the program and Canon USA who helped with technical support.

Last year, James Nachtwey won the TED Prize – $100,000 to, essentially, do whatever he wanted to do. He’s now done it – a story that looks at Extreme Drug Resistant Tuberculosis

Warning: These are not easy photographs to look at.