Sunday, November 23, 2008

More on Reuters at Launch Pad 39A

Reuters has posted a 10 minute video that shows how they set up their remote cameras and can now transmit a photo to their clients within minutes of a shuttle launch.

Very cool. 

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Internship Opp

Yeah, I know ... it's been kind of slow here on the blog. We're at that point in the semester where everything is piling up on my desk - student work, new course proposals, curriculum review, international proposals for 2010 ...

BUT - this came across Twitter a few moments ago (thanks to Ryan Sholin) and it's too good not to share: The St. Louis Post-Dispatch is looking for a social media intern

It turns out all those hours on Facebook might pay off for you. Who'd a thunk it?

Thursday, November 13, 2008

(Camera) Geek Predictions for 2009

Thom Hogan has posted his predictions on what camera goodies we'll see in 2009. Real inside baseball stuff, but the talk about market share is something to pay attention to. While we focus on storytelling, there's an industry that provides us with the tools to do that storytelling - it's mildly important that we pay attention to that industry.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Burnett's Behind Beijing Video

David Burnett, founder of Contact Press Images and an all-around amazing guy, has published a behind-the-scenes-look at covering this summer's Olympics in Beijing. Long, but if you're a Burnett fan, worth watching. 

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

The Red & Black Weekly News Update

The student paper here at UGA, The Red & Black, has started doing a weekly news update - a short video highlighting what's coming up in the week's paper. Each one has gotten a little smoother, a little more polished. They've played with the format a couple of times and the newest iteration came out this week with a walk-around-the-newsroom idea.

Does it work? 

Monday, November 10, 2008 on Election Night

Here it is - how the home page evolved throughout election day.

Very cool.

UNC Students in Tierra del Fuego

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 Communicaci√≤n at the Universidad de los Andes in Santidago, Chile. 

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

Two Years on the Road

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

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Other Students, Other Work

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.)

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Princess Leia on CNN?

If you watched CNN on election night (or followed the Twitter comments on it), you got to see an ... well ... entertaining bit of technology - holograms. (Okay, the experts say they were really tomograms.) Poynter has put together a piece explaining them for you, including a video link to CNN's technical explanation. 

Useful? Or just technology for toys sake? 

Friday, November 7, 2008

Special Project Possibility

The following note came across the transom yesterday, contact Dawn Aiello at 706-542-5773 if you're interested in working on this.

My name is Dawn Aiello and I am one of the graduate assistants in the office of Multicultural Services and Programs. Our office is bringing Kip Fulbeck to campus at the end of January and thought it would be a great opportunity to recreate his Hapa Project with UGA students.

In case you are not familiar with his work, Kip Fulbeck asked 1200 people to answer the question, "What are you?" in their own words and accompanied their answers with simple head-on photographs. The photos are displayed in an exhibit and have been published in book form. For more information, please visit

My vision is to take photographs of students on UGA's campus and ask them to answer the same question, then post these pictuers and answers in high-traffic areas on campus. The purpose would be two-fold; this would be wonderful publicity for our event, but also a chance to spread awareness among our students.

I am writing you this to ask if there is any way that we could coordinate this effort with current photojournalism students, or even students who will be taking these courses in the Spring semester. It does not even have to be a formal co-sponsorship with our office. I would greatly appreciate names and contact information of students who may be interested in helping us.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

We Are Citizens, Too

It is a Big Day here in America. Many of my students are fanning out across Georgia and South Carolina as they work on election day projects. We'll be posting stories on The Grady Journal later today, as well as seeing their work on the Greenville (S.C.) News' site. 

But before they dash off, I hope they acted as citizens first, then students, then journalists.


Monday, November 3, 2008

The Power of True Multimedia

This ... this ... this is what multimedia can do so well

The New York Times, the Gray Lady, has put together a nearly 14-minute long tour-de-force looking at the presidential campaign. It is a stunning combination of photos, videos, audio, graphics and narrations. 

It is a complete package. 

How complete? Pay attention to the "Related Links" box below the main screen It changes throughout, offering up links to other stories the Times has done. But look closely - you can click right now and away from the may piece, or you can save them for later and watch them AFTER you're done with the main piece

And that is brilliant conceptual storytelling, the melding of the push and pull formats in journalism.