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FYI … this is one of the best out there.

The Western Kentucky University Photojournalism department is now accepting applications for the 2009 Mountain Workshops which will be held in Murray, KY Oct. 27-31. Once again we are offering three concurrent workshops; Photojournalism, Multimedia and Picture Editing.

The application for MWS ’09 is posted at…

There is no application deadline but we do have a limited number of spots available.

Participants are responsible for their own travel arrangements, lodging and food. Hotel rates for the workshops are about $60 and up and there are plenty of restaurants in the area (Murray is a college town). The closest major airport is in Nashville, TN. Participants, other than picture editing, must have their own transportation during the workshops.


One of the easiest ways to start doing simple video is with a Flip Ultra or Mino – and you can get the Mino for $95, shipped, now on We have an Ultra and a newer Mino and use them far more than we expected to – great fun and, if you treat it well, great quality.

This is the start of a new blog life – the University of Georgia’s Photojournalism program is on the move. 

While I don’t have any regularly scheduled summer classes, I am teaching a Maymester course centered on video journalism for the web. The students have been in the field for the last few weeks shooting and are now in-house, storyboarding and starting the editing process. A few scenes from today’s class …

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I’ve been a space junkie since I was a kid. I don’t know why, but the space shuttles have always been something really cool. (And I really, really want to be in Florida for a launch …)

So I’ve read some and looked at stuff and think I’ve seen a lot of photos – but the third image here just blew me away. It is, in two words, stunningly cool
Nice work, Thierry Legault. Very nice work.

The Washington Times … well … read for yourself

Good grief.

Passed along from Frannie Fabian … 

Given the tough economic climate and the critical need for multimedia training, MediaStorm will be holding a one-time, tuition-free Advanced Multimedia Reporting Workshop, in Brooklyn, NY from June 20-26, 2009.

The MediaStorm Advanced Multimedia Workshops are designed for multimedia storytellers who want to get to the next level. It is not an introductory course. Students are responsible for their own travel, room and board. Reporters are expected to have a high level of competency with still photography, and be familiar with audio and video techniques. Editors are expected to be comfortable in Final Cut Pro.

We only have spots for 8 participants as Multimedia Reporters, Editors or Observers so we are expecting a competitive process. Applications are due no later than Friday, May 15, 2009. Participants will be selected based on the content of their applications. (click here for application form)

For more information, and to see work produced in previous workshops, see the Workshop site. If you have any questions, please email us at


I’m writing from Transitions (TOL), a non-profit journalism and media training organisation based in Prague. We thought that some of your students might be interested in our summer photojournalism course.

Each summer TOL brings together international groups of students and young journalists for practical training courses in international reporting, investigative journalism, photojournalism and new media.

An important aspect of the courses is the emphasis on practical training. We only work with trainers who have a strong track record with respected media.

The photojournalism course will be held in Prague over four days from August 4-7. Dean Cox, who will lead the course, is an international photojournalist whose portfolio includes work for The Associated Press, The New York Times, International Herald Tribune, EurasiaNet and Bloomberg News.

The course will feature morning classroom training sessions and in the afternoons students will go out into the city to shoot. By the end of the course, each participant will have a complete, edited photo essay. And they’ll have learned to use many of the essential tools and techniques in the process.

Dean has trained on several TOL foreign correspondent courses and we’re looking forward to a successful photojournalism courses this August.

More information can be found on our website:

I’d naturally be happy to answer any questions that you or your students might have about the course. Thank you in advance for your interest in TOL’s courses; any help in disseminating the information is much appreciated.

Nicole Bengiveno of the New York Times takes a look at the person who has to make the layoff decisions and notifications. While the shooting is clean, it’s the interview that gets to you. It has no natural sounds, but it works – solemn, serious. 

John Filo, who shot the iconic photo from Kent State 39 years ago, talks about the photo and meeting Mary Vecchio years later

FYI, another workshop opportunity …


This beginning and intermediate photography workshop will directly benefit Women
Photojournalists of Washington (WPOW), a nonprofit based in Washington, DC.
Instructors include Pulitzer winner Carol Guzy and AOL’s Cathaleen Curtiss.
WASHINGTON, DC- April 6, 2009: WPOW (Women Photojournalists of Washington)
announces a fund raising workshop for those interested in beginning and intermediate
photography in beautiful Bolivia from June 28 – July11, 2009 to support a scholarship
program for young women in visual media.

This workshop is catered to challenge any skill level but geared towards those just
starting out in their learning process. Whether attending photographers have just
begun taking pictures for fun or want to start honing the skills they have already,
this workshop will help students grow into competent travel photographers under
the guidance of WPOW’s talented members. More advanced photographers can also
benefit as instructors will work to create a challenging photo stories and essays.
Workshop instructors will be Photographer of the Year and three-time Pulitzer Prize
winning photographer of the Washington Post Carol Guzy and international award
winning photo editor and Director of Photography at AOL Cathaleen Curtiss.

This benefit workshop will features lectures on the history of photography, how women
have influenced the media, understanding how to build your documentary portfolio
and so much more. Students will photograph every day with instructors and staff who
will help each photographer craft a narrative documentary essay on Andean culture
and history. Students will get 1-on-1 editing with WPOW’s amazing instructors daily
and they will soon become proficient in travel photography. Proceeds will help form
the basis of a scholarship program benefitting young women in visual media.
All information for the workshop and registration online is available at http://www.

Momenta Workshops has agreed to do logistics for this benefit trip and donate
instructors to make this a success. Visit for
company information.

WPOW is a 501 (c) 3 organization based in Washington, D.C. and dedicated to the
advancement of women in the media and educating the public about the work of
women photographers around the globe. Visit http://www.womenphotojournalists.
org to learn more about this nonprofit.
For additional information on Women Photojournalists of Washington, please contact
WPOW President Jamie Rose at 202.203.2598 or
WPOW’s outreach programs are growing every day, please check our site frequently for
the most up to date information. Women’s Photojournalists of Washington, WPOW, and
our logo are trademarks of WPOW. Copyright WPOW 2009