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Monthly Archives: February 2009

This has been all over the web already today. It was Twittered and emailed thousands of times. But in case you missed it, the Rocky Mountain News published its final edition on Friday morning. And Matthew Roberts posted the video story, 21 minutes long. And worth every second.

There are only a handful of two-newspaper cities left, Denver deserved to be one of them.

Passing this along …

I wanted to let you and your students know about the Foundry Photojournalism Workshop that will be held this year in Manali, India in July. The workshop is intended for PJ students and young professionals who want experience with international reportage. Students are expected to work independently on a story under the guidance of their teachers. This year we have an amazing list of faculty including Ron Haviv, Ami Vitale, Andrea Bruce, Michael Robinson Chavez and the Bombay Flying Club will be teaching a special multimedia course. After shooting all day, there will be nightly presentations and discussions regarding the logistics of working on int’l projects. We are completely non-profit and no one makes a dime off of the workshop. Our esteemed faculty and dedicated staff all donate their time.

Last year the first Foundry workshop was held in Mexico City and was, on all accounts, a smashing success. This year, we are reserving at least 20 slots for South Asian journalists, who receive a substantial discount to ensure that we have a diverse student body. We are also offering several merit-based scholarships to emerging talent from the US and Europe.

Getty Images has posted info on their latest Grants for Good competition. The cash awards are “two annual grants of $15,000 to cover photographers’ costs as they create compelling new imagery for the nonprofit of their choice.”

Psst … there’s another workshop coming up in the college … March 28, put on by the Telecomm Department. Cheap, lots of good info to be had. Go sign up.

We all generate Top 10 lists at some point … the Top 10 Car Designs, the Top 10 Albums of All Times … silly things like that. Some of them are relevant to what we do in our careers, some are not.

For instance, if I were to come up with a list of the Top 10 Portrait Photographers of Our Time, Annie Leibovitz would be way up on that list (along with her peers like Chip Simons and Mark Seliger). So to find out she’s in financial trouble and has, essentially, pawned her archive is … well … disturbing.

I’ve been capturing a lot of Steve Yelvington tweets and blog posts, such as this:

This is about Twitter getting another $35 million in venture capital funding. I love Twitter, I use Twitter. But I don’t know how it will ever make money.

Anyone have an idea?

Our beloved industry is in trouble, but you can survive. Being smart about running your own business is extremely difficult, but extremely rewarding when done right.

The first thing you need to know is diversify your clients. Do not put your proverbial eggs in one basket. 

Facebook instituted a change in its terms of service that drew a lot of complaints. Wednesday morning, they backed down.

Now, if only other entities would understand that content has value … 

Picked up off of Drew Vigal’s Twitter feed: The New York Times is looking for multimedia interns

Make sure this is on your calendar:

Chris Weston, managing editor at the Greenville (S.C.) News, will be doing a talk on “Transforming Newsrooms Amid Disruptive Innovations.” It’ll be in the Drewry Room on Wednesday, Feb. 18, at 12:15. See Sophie Barnes in room 233 by Tuesday so you can get free pizza.
Weston is a good friend to Grady and a guy who has an excellent grasp on how journalism is changing and needs to change to survive. Highly recommend you get to this.