UPdate 04.21.14 | VISTAj | Aerie | Eagle Eye | VistaNow.org | Eagle Vision TV | Journalism
“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!)
- Seven lessons from Humans of New York’s Brandon Stanton at SXSW
- Here’s what happens when the readers choose the front page story
- You might have heard: Nate Silver’s new FiveThirtyEight relaunched on ESPN
- 7 Things “Star Wars” Taught Me About Productivity
- Behind the dialect map interactive: How an intern created The New York Times’ most popular piece of content in 2013
- Planet Money Makes A T-Shirt
- A Day in Denver Timelapse
- 20 amazing calendar designs for 2014
- One Time A Guy Gave A Homeless Man A Computer, And The Recipient Did Exactly What The Giver Expected
- Epic Pay It Forward Journalism: “Billy Baker of the Boston Globe and an inspiring story of hope.” First, the Storify story compiling the Twitter story and then be sure to watch the video at the end.
- Read “7 Things Smart Learners Do Differently” and compare the list to our principles. Just sayin’!
- 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
- Korva Coleman Excellence Awards recognizes outstanding youth work in digital media | Youth ages 14-23 are invited to submit entries in the categories of audio, video and online print. To enter, click HERE. Deadline: April 30.
- The Harvard Crimson 2014 National Journalism Awards | Categories: general news, features, sports and arts, opinion, and overall reporter, along with multimedia such as photo, video, and newspaper design. Deadlines and information HERE.
- 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).
- SXSW 2014: Journalism’s Future Tied to Social, Mobile, Data
- Everyone in the World Has a Story
- Jostens Yearbook Love — a teaching and learning website to make you a better journalist.
- “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
- ‘Timestack’ Photos Collapse Entire Sunsets Into Single, Mesmerizing Images
- Best concert photos of 2013: Vampire Weekend, Danny Brown, Nine Inch Nails and more (from Denver Reverb)
- How to Create an Online Portfolio for photographers
- Digital Photography School Here’s an example of the kind of content this website delivers: Start To See Photographically In Six Easy Steps
- Photos of the Year 2013 from The Denver Post
- 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
- 10 things no graphic designer should be without
- The 50 Things Every Graphic Design Student Should Know by Jamie Wieck
- The 12 Best Sports Infographics Of 2013
- Typography is a practice
- Information is Beautiful: ideas, issues, knowledge, data — visualized!
- The Anatomy of a Magazine Cover
- 10 Commandments of Typography
- Ten principles for good design
- How to Get Really Good at Typography in One Month
- For journalists who care about typography: A pocket guide to master every day’s typographic adventures
- Butterick’s Practical Typography
- 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.
- Online Journalism Courses Schedule 2014 (free digital journalism classes): Audio Slideshow Storytelling (February, August); Writing for the Web (March, September; Google Mapping for Communicators (April, October); Introduction to Data Visualization (May, November); Mobile Video Storytelling (to be announced); Introduction to Social Media Reporting and Marketing (to be announced); Introduction to Web Metrics and Analytics (to be announced.
- 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.
- Colorado Public Radio’s Public Insight Network relies on you. Your work, education and life experience, even your hobbies, give you knowledge and insight. As part of our Public Insight Network, your personal experience can inform the reporting that you hear on Colorado Public Radio. For more information and to sign-up, 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.
- The best journalism school in America is…
- The website of the proposed new College of Media, Communication and Information (CMCI) at CU-Boulder. And, then there is this, “Journalism at CU — an oversimplified explanation in four steps,” created by former VISTAj editor Rob Denton, who is a senior journalism major at CU Boulder.
- Sports Journalism Program at Arizona State University
- 5 Exemplary College Journalism Projects from 2013
- RTDNA Survey: The top 20 journalism schools
- 6 Most Popular Colleges for Journalism Majors
- 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
- Becoming a Journalist in the Digital Age
- Journalism Degrees and Programs
- 10 Things We Should Be Teaching Today’s College Students
- 10 Reasons Why a Young Person Should Still Want to Be a Journalist
- Call me an optimist, but the future of journalism isn’t bleak
- 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—
- 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—
- ReThink Colorado | June 9-13 at Rock Canyon High School. Information: TBA. Cost: free! Deadline: TBA. (I am teaching at this workshop.)
- Jostens 5280 Yearbook Workshop | June 19-21 at Colorado School of Mines. Information HERE. Commuter cost: $215 or free! Deadline: May 23. (I am teaching at this workshop.)
- Media Now STL | Amp your digital media skills, June 22-25 at Media Now STL on the campus of Lindenwood University in St. Louis, Missouri. Cost: $265 (by April 22); $280 (by June 1); $300 (after June 2). Plus travel and expenses. Classes: Writing— Write better stories more quickly. Intro Web Development– Intro—Create a Website and/or learn WordPress. Advanced Web Development— Take your current website to the next level. Mobile (Smartphone/Tablet) Journalism— Harness the power of your iPhone, iPod, Android, tablet or other smart device. Design: Newspaper— Work to take your newspaper to the next level. Yearbook— Plan a yearbook your students are excited to buy and your staff is excited to produce. Essentials Broadcast/Video— Learn how to tells stories with video and edit it into a great package. In-Studio Broadcast/Video— Learn tips from professionals, learn how to write for video and work in a TV studio. Essentials Photography— Learn how to use a DSLR and take great photos. Feature Photography— Learn tips from professionals and fine tune your portrait taking skills. EIC Editorial Leadership— For the staff’s top leaders, reinvent the way you see your digital newsroom and yourself as a leader in it. Section Editors Editorial Leadership— Learn tools which will help you have a great section and manage your team effectively Click HERE for an informational flyer and HERE for the website. Deadline: April 22 (early) or June 1. (I am teaching at this workshop.)
- Jostens San Diego National Workshop |July 29- Aug. 1 at the University of San Diego. Click HERE for an informational brochure. Deadline: June 1. (I am teaching at this workshop.)
- Cronkite Sports Broadcast Boot Camp | A special summer program exclusively for high school students interested in sports journalism July 20-Aug. 1 at Arizona State University. Cost: $2,500 (before April 15). Information HERE.
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