Saturday, October 31, 2009

Working without much light

Photo journalism students at Flagler College shot these photos at night or under low-light conditions.
Photo credits:
Meredith Marshall
Nick Fronczak
Bethany Maddox
Ivey Jones
Danae Stringfellow

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Facebook deprivation

A Flagler College student deleted his Facebook account, then made a video about his experience.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Movie executive visits Flagler College

Paul Cohen

Paul Cohen, an independent motion picture executive, spoke Wednesday to students at Flagler College in St. Augustine, Fla.
Cohen is director of Florida State University's Torchlight Program, which teaches students about the business side of the motion picture industry.


A one-page ad like this one in the New York Times can cost more than $180,000, Cohen said. He talked about more affordable ways to promote movies.

The student who played the TV news reporter in Rundown is shown in the photo above

Cohen also showed examples of student film work, including Rundown, an award-winning psychological thriller. The movie "tells the harrowing tale of a television news reporter who must cover the story of the hit-and-run crime she committed while driving to her debut as an anchorwoman," this FSU article says.

The movie, which lasts less than 15 minutes, won a Student Academy Award in 2007.

The Torchlight Film Series

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Photojournalism students turn world upside down and inside out

Planets at or near Flagler College in St. Augustine, Fla.

Using Photoshop to create so-called "planets" was one of the latest in-class assignments in photojournalism class at Flagler College. Students took all kinds of creative and interesting approaches, as you can see from the results on this page.

Creating a planet in Photoshop is easy. Here are the steps:
1. Pick a panoramic photo. Select Image, then Image Size and turn the picture into a square image. Length should equal width.
2. Rotate the image 180 degrees.
3. Select Filters, then Distort, then Polar Coordinates. That's it, you should have your very own planet.
A detailed tutorial on creating planets is here.
A gallery of planets on Flickr is here.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Thursday, October 22, 2009

New study: Most print journalists happy despite newspapers' troubles

American journalists: Let's get on with it

A study called Life Beyond Print says most newspaper journalists are eager to join the digital revolution. The 66-page study says:
America’s journalists want a quicker transformation from print to digital delivery of the news, a study of almost 3,800 people in a cross-section of newspaper newsrooms shows.
The study, conducted earlier this year in 79 newsrooms, indicates most journalists are eager to compete in a digital world and almost half say their newsroom’s transition from print to digital is moving too slowly. Only 20 percent of the workforce like things the way they are or yearn for the good old days.
The study also said most newspaper journalists are happy.
Despite industry turmoil, great optimism: The study found that 77 percent of journalists are somewhat or very satisfied with their current jobs.
More than 2 out of 3 think it somewhat or very likely they will be in the news business two years from now; and more than half (59 percent) think they’ll likely be with their same newspaper.

Students run wild during First Amendment Free Food Festival

Rachel Frey runs off with a cookie. Caroline Young is close behind.
Caroline Young is president of the student chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, or SPJ
Flagler College students on Thursday signed away freedom of speech and other basic rights in exchange for free pizza.
Dozens of students took part in the First Amendment Free Food Festival. The Flagler College student chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists sponsored the event, aimed at raising awareness of the importance of the First Amendment.
Below are links to photos I shot at the event:
* Top 55 pictures are here.
* The rest - some 133 images - are here.

A student puffs despite the blue tape across her mouth.

Slideshow is here

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Student self-portraits show creative flair, individualism

Looking inward

Photojournalism students at Flagler College shot these great self-portraits. The assignments are still coming in. I'll post more later.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Northwestern College won't turn over student journalists' notes in murder investigation

Source of photo is here.

Student journalists at Northwestern University are fighting to keep private e-mails, student grades, unpublished notes and other materials related to their investigation of a man convicted in the killing of a security guard in 1978 in Chicago.
The students researched the murder as part of the university's Medill Innocence Project. The Daily Northwestern reported today:
The Medill Innocence Project is caught in an ongoing legal battle with the Cook County state’s attorney office, and will not turn over the documents subpoenaed in the case of a man convicted of murder 31 years ago, said Medill Dean John Lavine.
The attorney’s office has requested access to all e-mails, student grades, course syllabi, expense reports and unpublished notes and tapes from students formerly involved in the Investigative Journalism class, who investigated the case of Anthony McKinney. McKinney was convicted of killing a security guard in 1978 in Harvey, a Chicago suburb, and has been in prison for the last 31 years.
Beginning in 2003, students in Prof. David Protess’s Investigative Journalism class — as part of Medill’s Innocence Project — researched McKinney’s case at the request of McKinney’s brother.
According to the Medill Innocence Project Web site, nine student reporting teams were involved with the project over three years, and in 2006 their research was given to the Center of Wrongful Convictions at the NU law school’s Bluhm Legal Clinic.
In Oct. 2008, the Bluhm Legal Clinic filed a post-conviction petition for McKinney in the Circuit Court of Cook County.

Indigestion, al-Qaida style

August 2009 target of butt bomb attack: Saudi Prince Mohammed bin Nayef
Source of photo is here
Terrorists have learned a thing or two from drug smugglers. They're jamming contraband up their rear-ends.
Their stuffing of choice? Not cocaine or heroin, but three-inch explosives.
Europol's Counter Terrorism Unit reported on the trend in this 10-page report.
Warning about graphic content: Photos show bloody remains, what's left of dead suicide bomber. Skip pages 8 and 9 to avoid it.

Washington Post story on attack
Suicide "bum bombs" inspire full-body X-rays

Monday, October 19, 2009

Guns, bees, 'gators and more

Bethany Maddox captured this stunning image of a Putnam County sheriff's deputy.

Flagler College photojournalism students turned in some great environmental portraits. The photos show tremendous variety and originality.

The assignment was to take a portrait in the home or work environment of someone. The goal is to shoot a photo that tells something about the subject.
Credits for photos on this page:

Rachel Bruce
Jacquelyn Campbell
Alaina Cordes
Nick Fronczak
Ivey Jones
Bethany Maddox
Nick Reiter
Cy Solsona
Steve Strait
Danae Stringfellow
Maggie Studwell

Friday, October 16, 2009

Photojournalism students turn cameras - and creativity - on each other

Nate Hill finds a perch.

Students took pictures of each other and came up with some wonderful, creative images during an in-class assignment at Flagler College in St. Augustine, Fla.

Credit for photos above: Cy Solsona
Photo credit: Steve Strait

Photo credit: Nick Reiter

Photo credit: Bethany Maddox

Photo credit: Halie Trammell
Photo credit: Nick Fronczak
Photo credit: Meredith Pack

Photo credit: James Webb
Photo credit: Maggie Studwell
Photo credit: J.D. Bray
Photo credit: Desi Pappas