Friday, February 27, 2009

Final Edition

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.

Foundry Photojournalism Workshop in Manali, India

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.

Grants for Good

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."

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Video Workshop in Athens - March 28

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.

Hard Times a the High End

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.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Twitter Ponzi?

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?

Sunday, February 22, 2009

On Business

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. 

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Facebook Showdown

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 ... 

Thursday, February 12, 2009

New York Times Multimedia Internship

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

Speaker: Chris Weston, Feb. 18

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.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

UGA PJer Takes the Nikon Shootout

For the second time in three years, a UGA-trained photojournalist has won the Nikon Shootout at the Southern Short Course in News Photography. Josh Weiss, a 2008 graduate, won the live-shooting competition this past weekend in Charlotte. (Kelly Wegel won it in 2007.)

Weiss is currently on staff at the Gwinnett Daily Post

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Super Twitter

Not intentional, but this post is much like the last - all about Twitter. The New York Times has an interactive ... well, I don't know what to call it ... thing that looks at what was Twittered throughout the Super Bowl Sunday night.

Click on the "People saying go" and let it play, paying attention to the timeline. Very entertaining. 

Monday, February 2, 2009

The Story of Twitter (in More Than 140 Characters)

I am still not convinced that Twitter is something of value. I use it. A LOT. But I do wonder whether it's just a play thing, a way to avoid time. And then some breaking news event happens and I know because I have a Twitter client running on my desktop (Spaz).

One of the creators, Dom Sagolla, has now told the story behind its creation

Photojournalism Talk on Campus

From the In Box ...

Dr. John Lucaites of Indiana University will be delivering a talk on Friday, February 6 from 4-5 pm in 214 Terrell Hall entitled "Boots and Hands: Photojournalism and Democratic Public Culture." The talk is part of the Department of Speech Communication's Colloquium Series.

Dr. Lucaites has made an undeniable impact in the study of how images and icons circulate through the culture. His most recent book, No Caption Needed (co-authored with Robert Hariman), has received enormous interdisciplinary acclaim in this regard. W.J.T. Mitchell called the book "the starting point for any future attempt to deal with the problem of the iconic photograph and its social uses."

Dr. Lucaites is a professor at Indiana University with appointments in Communication and Culture, American Studies, Cultural Studies, and is a fellow at the Poynter Center for Ethics and American Institutions.

Some further detail regarding the talk itself:

Photojournalism is a vital public art for a democratic public culture, but not because it provides what we ordinarily understand to be "news." Rather, we believe that it does its work by helping us to see and to be seen as citizens. In this essay we examine the recurring visual trope of "boots and hands" in everyday photojournalistic practices, focusing on how it provides an iconography for thinking about political character, relationships, and events. A subsidiary argument concerns how the specific practice functions as a remediation of the role of bodily gesture in classical rhetoric and the 17th and 18th century elocutionary movement.