UPdate 05.28.13 | VISTAj | Aerie | Eagle Eye | VistaNow.org | Journalism
“Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.” —Vince Lombardi
“Ability is what you’re capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.” —Lou Holtz
EP!C! journalism = Details + Context + Emotion
THE LEAD (YOU KNOW, THE MOST IMPORTANT INFORMATION!)
- All the President’s Men Revisted and ‘All the President’s Men Revisited’: Watergate again, but not just a nostalgia trip
- This paper and its website, get it: RedEye
- Check out this photography app for $1.99. PhotoHelper: Camera Settings For Better Pictures by Dynamic Process Technologies, Inc.
- iPad download: The Denver Post Year in Photography
- This is really cool: SND34 Best of Digital Design
- “Snow Fall: The Avalanche at Tunnel Creek” by the New York Times. Amazing!
- Top 10 multimedia skills new journalists should have from Journomel.com
- To close out 2012, the Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard University asked some of the smartest people they know to predict what 2013 will bring for the future of journalism. Click HERE to read what they had to say.
- Why Students Should Use Twitter
- New York Times Year in Pictures
- TIME Picks the Top 10 Photos of 2012
- TIME’s Best Portraits of 2012
- The most popular image in Twitter history is HERE.
- Why Students Should Use Twitter
- HBO is airing a four-part series on photojournalists. “Witness” takes viewers into war zones in Libya, Mexico, South Sudan and Brazil with young photojournalists.
- Some great story ideas can be found on Kicker, a website run by Holly Epstein Ojalvo, formerly a deputy editor of The New York Times Learning Network.
- Be EP!C! Telling the untold stories
- The No. 1 Enemy of Creativity: Fear of Failure
- Wordle for our 2012-2013 VISTAj Staff Goals.
- You must check out the best of the best, 2012 NSPA Awards. (Pay special attention to the Design of the Year category!)
- Mayborn National History Writing Contest — Historical narrative emphasis…they are to be journalistic in nature (ie: factual) and can cover a broad range of historical issues. For more information, CLICK HERE. Deadline: June 8.
- NSPA Individual Awards — Categories include Print Story of the Year (News, Sports, Editorial, Feature, Diversity/Multiculturalism), Multimedia Story of the Year, Picture of the Year (News, Feature, Sports Action, Sports Reaction, Environmental Portrait), Design of the Year (Newspaper Page One, Newspaper Page/Spread, Yearbook Page/Spread, Infographic and Illustration) and Cartooning (Editorial Cartoon, Comic Panel/Strip). All but Print Story of the Year (mail entry; received by June 17) are online submission HERE. Deadline (received by): June 17.
- Are you the best? Show us. The next edition of Best of the High School Press, Volume 19, will be published in early 2014. All contest entries are considered, but additional submissions will also be considered for Best of the High School Press. Contest submissions are automatically considered. PDF files can be sent to NSPA either online or by mail. Get the details or start uploading HERE. Deadline (received by): July 12.
- 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).
- First Freedom Student Competition | A first-semester national essay and video contest that examines the history and current-day relevance of religious freedom. Prize: $2,500. Information HERE. Deadline (0nline student registration) Nov. 18, 2013. The postmark deadline for mailing the entry and its accompanying materials is Nov. 25, 2013.
- The First Draft, a blog by the Society of Professional Journalists Generation J
- Pretty cool new digital magazine: The Next Web.
- Looking for royalty free images? Check out this Free Media Library, a database run by Penn State University.
- Looking for education-related stories, check out Story Starters. This website connects you with the resources you need to make your coverage great.
- The Importance of Asking Good, Dumb Questions, advice of “CEO whisperer” Adam Bryant, who writes the Corner Office column for The New York Times and is the author of the book, The Corner Office.
- Seven Reporting Tips from the Planet Money Team
- Check out all these student publications on issuu.
- To see the best of the college press, click HERE.
- Investigating Power
- Amazing! Check out FastForwardNews.
- Where professionals go to learn: SPJ’s eCampus
- How to Get a Press Pass, a how-to article from the Society of Professional Journalists
- Awesome online grammar checker and proofreader at PaperRater.
- Great story ideas and resources at My High School Journalism.
- Magazines galore at Zinio! Click here.
- Six Ways to Make Your Writing Better.
- Great tutorials for photo, design, web at Tuts+.
- Please read this from the New York Times Learning Network: Student Journalism: A Guide to Rights and Responsibilities.
- The 50 Most Perfectly Timed Photos Ever — By Internet standards, a perfectly timed photo occurs when two of the following three conditions are met: (1) Perfect Place; (2) Perfect Time; and (3) Perfect Angle.
- This is How You Should Crop a Portrait
- 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
- Sports Illustrated’s 100 All-Time Greatest Photos
- 12 tips to become a better smartphone photographer from CNN Tech
- 8 Tips for Taking Sports Photos Like a Pro
- Jostens Photshop Lessons
- President Barack Obama and his daughters, Malia, left, and Sasha, watch on television as First Lady Michelle Obama takes the stage to deliver her speech at the Democratic National Convention, in the Treaty Room of the White House, Tuesday night, Sept. 4, 2012. Click HERE for the picture by Official White House Photo by Pete Souza.
- Photographer’s Rights
- How AP photographer captured Gabby Douglas Olympics photo: Practice, practice, practice
- 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
- 60 brilliant examples of infographics
- Typeface Timeline Shows Us The History of Fonts [Infographic]
- Data Visualization: Journalism’s Voyage West (but you all should check this out!)
- The 50 Things Every Graphic Design Student Should Know by Jamie Wieck
- The Society of News Design has announced the world’s best designed newspapers, including a searchable database of the winners of its 32nd annual contest. The best designed newspaper is “i” from Lisbon, Portugal.
- Here’s a short and sweet 15-minute tutorial for Adobe Illustrator from my friends at Ball State University.
- The 10 best podcasts for designers
- In Digital World, Advertising Age Redesigns Print Publication
- The Top 10 Alternative Newsweekly Covers of 2011
- For those of you who enjoy all that is type, click HERE for a cool flyer
- Get some practice with InDesign tutorials from Adobe
- Typography in 7 Minutes
- Dieter Rams’ Principles of Good Design
- Ron Reason’s Facebook page. Reason is one of the best news designers in the world.
- To learn InDesign and a ton of cool stuff from a friend of mine, a journalism professor at Wichita State University, click here.
- Five free tools for finding design inspiration. Very cool!
- 10 Takeaways from the Society of Publication Designers’ Judging, a blog by Joe Zeff
- “What Font Should I Use?”: Five Principles for Choosing and Using Typefaces by Dan Mayer in Smashing Magazine
- Check out this amazing website focusing on the art of information: WallStats
- Datavisualization.ch bills itself as the premier news and knowledge resource for data visualization and infographics.
- 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
- 7 Ways to Improve Your FB Page
- Top 10 Twitter tips for journalists, from NPR’s own @nprweekend and @nprscottsimon
- 10 Twitter users that every journalism student should follow
- Five forces that are shaping digital media in 2011
- 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”
- Tinker Tour
- 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.
- I-News is working on a project to look at how different school districts, including Douglas County, are meeting the requirements of providing at least 30 minutes of physical activity a day. I-News wants to pair high school journalism students with University of Colorado journalism master students as a major part of the project. Two high school journalism students will each be paired with one CU masters student, all working closely with I-News staff. Students interested in being part of the project can email project oordinator Burt Hubbard at [email protected].
- 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
- Reports of CU journalism department death are exaggerated (March 1, 2012)
- 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
- 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. 14-17, 2013, Sheraton/Hynes Convention Center, Boston. Get the informational flyer HERE.
- April 10-13, 2014, Hilton Bayfront, San Diego. Get the informational flyer HERE.
- 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.
SUMMER JOURNALISM WORKSHOPS—
- ReThink Colorado (June 10-15) at Rock Canyon High School. Informational flyer HERE.
- Jostens Colorado Yearbook Workshop (June 21-23) at Colorado School of Mines for all yearbook staffers who want ideas, training and a dedicated three days to design the plan for their 2014 publication. Information HERE.
- Jostens San Diego Yearbook (and Newspaper) Workshop (July 29-31 or Aug. 1-3). Details HERE. Brochure HERE.
- ILPC Summer Workshop (June 21-24) is a four-day intensive summer workshop at the University of Texas at Austin. Classes offered include newspaper, yearbook, video editing, new media, design software, photography and adviser classes. Students take one class, taught by outstanding high school advisers and professionals, for the entire four-day period. (I will be teaching at this workshop and you are welcome to join me!). Download the workshop packet HERE.
- “Media Mashup” at the Ball State Journalism Workshops, July 14-18 in Muncie, Indiana. (I will be teaching at this workshop and you are welcome to join me!). Download the workshop packet HERE. Download the registration form HERE.
- Investigative Journalism Institute for High School Students | The I-News Investigative Journalism Institute gives high school students an opportunity to spend the week of July 15-19 at the University of Colorado at Boulder learning how to think, question, and dig for the truth like an investigative reporter. Take your research, reporting and storytelling to a new level with instruction and guidance from the award-winning journalists of The I-News Network. Cost: $1,000. A $250 scholarship is available; see Newt for details. For more information, click HERE. Application deadline (online): June 15.