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On Friday, Oct. 2, at 12:15 in the Drewry Room of Grady College, Furman Bisher will be talking. Bisher has been a sports columnist for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and the former president of a whole bunch of sports journalism organizations. Good opportunity to learn a lot in a short time about sports journalism.


Art show opening over at ATHICA this weekend that looks at the problems of the journalism industry through art. May be worth swinging by, opening is Saturday, 7-9 p.m.

As part of this year’s Photojournalism Weekend Workshop, we’re going to have a few informal round-table discussions on issues the editors and our students are wrestling with. The schedule is below and all of these will be held in the Photojournalism Lab (room 130 of Grady College).

If you’re around and want to sit in, you’re more than welcome to join us. Each of these will run about 30 minutes.

If you’re coming to the Saturday or Sunday talks, I’ll be at the first floor, south west corner door about 10 minutes prior to the start to let folks in. (That’s the door closest to Tate Center with the automatic opener on it.)

Friday, 1 p.m.Using “Social Media” to Build Communities – How do sites like Facebook affect our readership? How can we take advantage of those communities? Do we need to draw readers to our sites or do we go to where the readers are?

Friday, 4 p.m.Communities Without Borders – How do you make coverage decisions when geography isn’t as strong of a defining value? Do we need to redefine “community journalism?”

Saturday, 1 p.m.Back Pack Journalism – It’s spreading, does it work? Can it work? Do concerns about quality and depth trump the immediacy of it?

Saturday, 4 p.m.The Role of Video – How important is this? Do we use it because we have it or do we use it when it works best?

Sunday, 10 a.m.How to Survive – It has been a brutal year in the journalism realm, so how do students keep hope alive? Or should they?

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.


This Thursday, August 28th, the featured speaker in ADPR 3150 will be
advertising and editorial photographer Jim Fiscus. If you’ve been to the
National, you might have seen Jim’s portrait of the hip hop band Outkast in the
bar (terrific photo!).

We’ll meet at 6 p.m. in room 248 of the SLC. Here’s a bit more info about Jim

In 15 years of shooting Jim Fiscus has shot campaigns for Levis, Nike, HBO, and
many others. He was voted International Photographer of the Year for 2006. His
work was featured on two Communication Arts covers, and named #1 on
Campaigns 2008 list of top photographers in the United Kingdom. Jim Fiscus
lives and works from Athens, GA.

Mark this on your calendar – photojournalist Kael Alford will be speaking at the Student Learning Center (room 248 – changed room) on Thursday, April 24 at 4:30 p.m. Her work from Iraq was featured in the Georgia Review magazine last year.

Passing along …

Each semester, ugazine publishes a two-page, color Photo Essay for the
department “In A Thousand Words.” All submissions will be reviewed by our
Photo Editor, Editor-In-Chief and Managing Editor. If your work is selected for
publication, then you’ll be asked to submit a brief (2-3 sentence) summary
paragraph of the story to accompany the photos and captions.
To submit your work, please burn 8-10 high resolution (minimum 300 DPI) JPEG
images with the captions included in the photo information area to a CD or
DVD. Please write in Sharpie on the CD your name, e-mail address and cell
phone number. Also, print out a word document with all your contact
information and the photo numbers with their corresponding captions. Attach
the CD to the sheet of paper and place in the ugazine box in Sophie Barnes’
office (aside Kent Middleton’s office) by the last day of spring classes.
If you have any questions, please e-mail
Thanks for your submission.

This morning, I filled the Drewry Room with an exhibition from the Associated Press that looks at their history. Tied into their book “Breaking News: How the Associated Press has Covered War, Peace and Everything Else,” the show will be up until Friday, February 29.

Additionally, at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 28, Michael Giarrusso, the AP’s Regional News Director for the South and a Grady alum, will given an open talk with Prof. Conrad Fink about where the AP has been and where it’s going.

The exhibition and the talk are open to everyone, please swing through and take a look.

Dennis Dimick, executive editor at National Geographic, will be in the photo lab from 11 a.m. to 12 noon on Thursday, talking about environmental coverage. All are welcome. 

This precedes his Charter lecture in the afternoon.

Professor Jim Stovall will describe the Tennessee Journalist, the student news web site he created at the University of Tennessee. Prof. Stovall was the brainchild behind Dateline Alabama and runs, as well. He’ll be here to talk with us about student news web sites and is a jack-of-all-codes, so to speak, and can help us think about what we’re doing in the Multimedia Journalism class.

This will be open to all students so invite friends from other areas. Please drop me a note if you’re coming.

In the Photojournalism Lab, Room 130, Grady, from 11 a.m. to 12 noon.