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Category Archives: Photojournalism

If you’ve never watched Rear Window, you should. But this has nothing to do with that. Monica Almeida has a post up on the New York Times’ Lens blog about shooting from her car.

Another reason why you should have your camera with you all the time – you never know what you’ll see.

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Time.com has posted an audio slideshow of more color photos from the depression, complete with a simple narration that tells some of the back story.

I know it’s silly, but it’s so darn cool …

Okay, several days … but this time lapse piece of what events at the White House looks like is pretty cool. Reuters photojournalist Jason Reed spend a few weeks working on the idea and has strung together a set of images that paint an interesting picture of life on the White House beat.

Okay, I admit I haven’t read this as a whole, but I read all of the pieces as Mindy McAdams, Flash Goddess, posted them over the last year or so. She’s now compiled a 42 page PDF of her advice on stepping up your online journalism game. Given the thoroughness and inventiveness of her past work, this is a Must Read.

And it’s FREE. Yes, all that knowledge, FOR FREE. Because she cares about journalism, that’s why.

Ahh, it must be a Monday, because someone is writing about the Death of Photojournalism. It seemed for a few years that this headline popped up in the trade and mass market magazines about every six months. Now, it’s about every seven days.

Is my beloved photojournalism in trouble? Yes. Is it dead? No. Dying? Maybe – but it is eminently salvageable.

How? Simple: MAKE PICTURES THAT MATTER.

Michael Jackson’s funeral doesn’t matter. Four hundred pictures from the crisis du jour in some obscure country don’t matter.

What’s happening in your community matters. Don’t deceive yourself into believing you need to fly off to Obscuristan to sate your visual desires or, worse, further your career. There are stories right where you live that are in need of being told. Right now.

Go tell them.

My good friend Seth Siditsky at the Newark Star-Ledger sent along a link to his staff’s latest project – a look at a chain of kidney donors and recipients. It’s an amazing story, and one that works amazingly well in video. Spend the time watching it.

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?

South of Here is a collection of multimedia pieces produced by students from the University of North Carolina School of Journalism and Mass Communication and the Facultad de Communicaciòn at the Universidad de los Andes in Santidago, Chile. 

An interesting mix of storytelling – audio slide shows, videos and Flash animations. 

Passed along by former UGA PJ student Kat Netzler, a look at almost two years on the campaign trail with Barack Obama by Scout Tufankjian

As many of you know, our workshops are modeled after those run by the photojournalism folks at my alma mater, Syracuse University. They had their fall event a few weeks back and have posted their pieces online, take a look and let me know what you think. 

More students, more faculty, more guests … how do we beat them in the spring? (He said with a sly grin.)