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“Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.” —Vince Lombardi (Principle #19)
Try. Fail. Repeat. Success. —Principle #17
Know your why. Why do you do what you do? —Principle #1
Little things matter. Principle #13
Be good at everything. Be great at something. —Principle #7
Take advantage of the opportunities. —Principle#8
Be organized. —Principle #11
“Be EP!C!” —Newt (Principle #16)
THE LEAD (YOU KNOW, THE MOST IMPORTANT INFORMATION!)
- Amazing! Sports Illustrated: Sports Kid of the Year
- This is cool! Watch the Most Shared Ads of the Past 8 Years on Unruly Media’s “Viral Spiral” in Adweek
- “What Do You Love” videos (via Good on You Tube). Check out THIS ONE.
- Amazing! Simply amazing journalism at CNN.com. Check out ATL 24: A Day in the Life of the World’s Busiest Airport
- Debating role of women in sports media
- How to create news videos with mobile app Videolicious. More on Videolicious tutorials HERE.
- This is way cool! “Famous Photographers Pose with Their Most Iconic Images”
- Check out ASNE’s new Youth Journalism Initiative website. Lot’s of great resources!
- What would happen if you asked high school students to help create a 21st-century portrait of the country by turning their cameras on their neighborhoods, families, friends and schools? You would have “My Hometown” — a vibrant document of 4,289 images submitted by teenagers in school- or community-based photography programs across the United States, including rural villages and urban neighborhoods, wealthy suburbs and blue-collar Rust Belt towns. Several of last year’s VISTAj staff, like Taylor B. and Mark M., are included.
- One in 8 Million (think “Humans of New York” on steroids) from the New York Times
- Teenagers in The Times, collections of the latest New York Times news, features and multimedia about young people. Story ideas?
- “Drama High” from, you guessed it, the New York Times. It’s adapted from a forthcoming book on a Levittown, Penn. high school drama program.
- Letter To A Young Journalist
- The No. 1 Enemy of Creativity: Fear of Failure
- American Society of News Editors Youth Journalism Initiative weekly and monthly contests | Weekly Categories; News Writing; Feature Writing; Opinion Writing (opinion, editorials, commentary); Photo (news, feature, sports action/reaction photos, environmental); Video (news stories, feature stories, sports stories, and short documentaries); Multi-media packages (must utilize at least two of the following elements: text, video, photos or infographics). Monthly Categories: Investigative Reporting; Think Globally; Act Locally; Hot Topics. Information, including weekly and monthly deadlines, HERE.
- Ball State University Journalism Workshops monthly contests | Get feedback and earn rewards all year long! BSUJW is starting monthly contests this October through May. Contests are open to any senior high publication in the country. Categories: Sports Photo; Feature Photo; News Photo; Design; Multimedia; News Story; Sports Story; Feature Story; Opinion/Editorial Story. Entry fee: $3. Information, including the monthly deadline, HERE.
- I Shot It photography competitions. A variety of contests are offered (entry fee required). All the details HERE. Deadline: Rolling (depends on contest entering).
- 1 for All On Campus: the Liberty Tree Initiative — The Liberty Tree Initiative was designed to build awareness of the First Amendment by granting students $500 to create a program that brings thought-provoking First Amendment programs and speakers to high schools nationwide. Click HERE for more information, including the grant application. Deadline: Rolling (apply anytime).
- FIRE’s Free Speech Essay Contest | Are you a high school junior or senior planning on attending college after graduation? If you answered yes, enter the FIRE essay contest, and you could win one of nine scholarships for college worth $10,000, $5,000, $1,000, or $500! For all the details, CLICK HERE. Deadline (online submission): Jan. 1, 2014.
- The John F. Kennedy Library Foundation | Write an essay on an act of political courage by a U.S. elected official who served during or after 1956. First-place winner receives $5,000 in cash and $5,000 to grow in John Hancock Freedom 529 College Savings Plan. For contest information, registration and to submit essay, visit the Profile in Courage Essay Contest HERE. Deadline: January 6, 2014.
- Al Neuharth Free Spirit and Journalism Conference | This program targets rising high school seniors (students who are currently juniors) who are interested in pursuing a career in journalism and who demonstrate qualities of “free spirit.” Students will come to Washington, D.C., June 21-26, 2014, to participate in an all-expenses-paid journalism conference at the Newseum. Deadline: Feb. 1, 2014. Information and application HERE.
- Society of Professional Journalists High School Essay Contest | 300-500 words on the Topic: “Why is it important that we have news media that are independent of the government?” $5 entry fee. First place is $1,000. Information HERE. Deadline (postmark): March 7, 2014.
- “Student Media, Social” written by former Aerie yearbook editor Dani Mason as her senior project at CU Boulder.
- Google gathers tools for journalists in one spot. See Google Media Tools HERE.
- Society of Professional Journalists eCampus online training videos
- The First Draft, a blog by the Society of Professional Journalists Generation J
- How to Get a Press Pass, a how-to article from the Society of Professional Journalists
- Digital Photography School Here’s an example of the kind of content this website delivers: Start To See Photographically In Six Easy Steps
- 2013 Pictures of the Year from Agence France Presse
- International Photography Hall of Fame and Museum
- Former VISTAj editor Rob Denton, now a journalism major at CU and an editor of the CU Independent, teaches a photo lab for CU students. Click HERE to access his teaching website. It’s amazing!
- The 5 Most Abused Rules of Composition at ExpertPhotography.com
- 12 tips to become a better smartphone photographer from CNN Tech
- DSLR photography demystified
- The Most Important Skill for a Photojournalist
- Tips from National Geographic photographers.
- Beginners Guide to Sports Photography
- Understanding and Appreciating the Basics of Photojournalism
- 23 Helpful Photography Tutorials
- Two amazing blogs by professionals created to make you better (if you read them!): Strobist and All Photo Buzz.
- From nytimesphoto: Take a look at the work of the four Pulitzer-winning photographers — and listen to one, too. Click HERE for this amazing presentation.
- Fresh Photo Manipulation Tutorials from noupe, a really cool design blog
- John Beale, photojournalism instructor at Penn State University and former newspaper photojournalist, has created an impressive website.
- Discover how to use your digital camera with at the Digital Photography School, a community of photographers of all experience levels who come together to learn, share and grow in our understanding of photography.
- Guide to Broadcast and Video
- Top five multimedia tools for journalists of 2011
- How to shoot video for news and documentary in iTunes
- The 50 Things Every Graphic Design Student Should Know by Jamie Wieck
- Get some practice with InDesign tutorials from Adobe
- Typography in 7 Minutes
- Five free tools for finding design inspiration. Very cool!
- You will enjoy designer superstar Tim Harrower’s website. Trust me. (Be sure to play around on the entire site.)
- Check out NewsPageDesigner at the Society of News Design.
- When Content Is Not King
- Why Good Journalists Simply Can’t Live Without Social Media
- Top 10 Twitter tips for journalists, from NPR’s own @nprweekend and @nprscottsimon
- A typographic dating game!
- “Color” web game
- Oh Hell No: 12 Iconic Logos Redrawn Using Comic Sans
- The Elements of Style rap video (really!)
- The Evolution of the Web (really cool!)
- Comic Sans Criminal
- Reporter For High School Newspaper Most Professional Journalist In Nation (from the Onion)
- Check out this funny video, “Font Conference”
- Download a First Amendment poster here.
- A mobile app is now available for free to help you learn the principles of the First Amendment. The app, available for your smart phone or your computer, explains the five freedoms protected by the First Amendment and features video clips of Dr. Dwight Teeter, a professor at the University of Tennessee and internationally known expert in First Amendment law. To download the app, click HERE.
- Check out NewsNow on ePals, a new journalism website that is encouraging high school students to read and comment on news articles with a critical eye, and, share their written work with us whether it be something they have written for school, in response to one of our “assignments” or an original piece.
- Teen Voices of Democracy is looking for informed opinions about social and political issues that affect teens, their families and the nation. For more information, click HERE.
- PBS NewsHour runs a current events website for students called NewsHour Extra. Using the national and international reporting from NewsHour, the site presents news to students in a “clear, fair way that provides more context than other sources.” A feature of the site is called the Student Voices section. Every week, its features a video, a report or an essay from a student ages 13-19. The site welcomes pieces reacting to issues in national or international news, and is especially interested in how students tie the news to their own communities. For more information, visit the website or contact Education Desk Assistant Veronica DeVore at [email protected].
- Show Off Your Work at NSPA View — Share your outstanding work with fellow student-journalists from across the country. Page designs, photos and graphics can be uploaded to NSPA View, a online gallery of student work. Go here to keep the thumbnails rolling.
- YourHub.com, the Denver Post’s regional supplement, is looking for teen writers and photographers to create content about school, community and teen issues. Click here to register.
- Become an iTeen Denver reporter. For more information, click here.
- Get a little national attention! Submit questions to Time magazine’s “10 Questions” by clicking here.
- Daniel Pearl’s Legacy Inspires New Global Youth News Service / Worldwide Teen News Service Seeks Aspiring Reporters — PEARL World Youth News — an internet-based international student-run news service established by the Daniel Pearl Foundation and the International Education and Resource Network (iEARN-USA) invites high school students around the world to become certified PEARL reporters.
STUDENT MEMBERSHIPS IN PROFESSIONAL JOURNALISM ORGANIZATIONS—
- A student membership to the Student Press Law Center is only $15.
- Become a student member of the Society of News Design —$60 a year with some neat benefits.
- For Society of Professional Journalists student membership information, click here.
- This is what it’s like to attend a great journalism school, Arizona State University. Check out THIS.
- Multimedia Journalism Degree Programs
- Top Journalism Schools: The Top Accredited Journalism Schools and Degrees
- Find your path to success with The Paths to Professions college rankings from The Wall Street Journal. Students can find the top 25 schools as picked by recruiters and the best schools in eight majors. With insights and tools to help parents and students think strategically about colleges and careers, Path to Professions is a sure step on the road to success.
- From Poynter: Two reactions to the post questioning the relevance of journalism schools.
- Best journalism schools — http://www.squidoo.com/bestjschools
- Searchable database of journalism schools
- Searchable database of journalism schools
- Princeton Review names best college newspapers
- The Future of Journalism Education: 2013 Poynter NewsU Survey
- What Should Reporters Learn in Journalism School?
- 10 Journalism Jobs That Didn’t Exist 10 Years Ago
- What Career Is Right for Me?
- Innovating Journalism for a New Media World
- Future of newspapers for those with skill, interest in serving local community
- Should I go to J-School? Google’s answer
- Beyond J-School from Mediashift
- “The Journalist’s Road to Success: A Career Guide”
- “Analysing data is the future for journalists,” says Tim Berners-Lee; inventor of the world wide web says reporters should be hunting for stories in datasets. Read the article here.
- College Journalists: 14 Things To Do Before You Graduate
- Newsrooms changing and new key positions evolving
HIGH SCHOOL JOURNALISM NATIONAL CONVENTIONS—
- April 10-13, 2014, Hilton Bayfront, San Diego. Get the informational flyer HERE. We will start the plan in mid-December and early January. What a perfect holiday gift!
- Nov. 6-9, 2014, Marriott Wardman Park, Washington, D.C.
- April 16-20, 2015, Sheraton, Denver.
- Nov. 12-16, 2015, Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel, Orlando
- April 14-17, 2016, Los Angeles
- Nov. 10-13, 2016, Indianapolis
- April 6-9, 2017, Seattle
SUMMER JOURNALISM WORKSHOPS—
- Discover the World of Communication, June 16-July 11, 2014 (two-, three- or four-week workshops), American University, Washington, D.C. Scholarships, application available HERE. See Newt for a brochure.
- Click HERE for the evaluation grade form.
- Issue/Deadline/Quarter No. 1 (past due)
- Your 1st Semester final exam is the VISTAj Google Docs important documents folder. (Due: Your final exam day.)
Thank you for being part of VISTAj!