Success for UAB Blazers at SEJC (Southeast Journalism Conference)

February 17, 2009

Last week we had good news and bad news. The good news was that class was shortened. The bad news was that there was a quiz before the class was shortened. The good news is that most folks did pretty well on the quiz. The bad news is that your were left with a lot of homework.

Your instructor was in Nashville for the Southeast Journalism Conference, a three-day confabulation that focused on student journalists through a variety of symposia, on-site competitions, and education outside the classroom.

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Newspapers are fighting back

February 17, 2009

In a full page ad in the New York Times, a consortum of newspapers announced that they are fighting back against what they termed is the premature obituary for the newspaper industry.

Does this bring to mind Mark Twain’s famous retort when it was widely reported that the literary icon had died: “News of my death has been greatly exaggerated”?

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Starting a blog… tips from the pros

February 12, 2009

As we experiment with blogs in MC106 this semester, it might be helpful to consult some experts. Just what is blogging? How fast is it growing? What are the basics of blogging? How do I get started?

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Class Reminder: Quiz on Thursday

February 12, 2009

This is a reminder that there is a quiz on Thursday, Feb. 12 on Chapter 2 and Chapter 3 (through page 48). Good luck.

I am off to the Southeast Journalism Conference being held at Belmont University in Nashville. I am accompanying six UAB students who will compete on site and attend various educational sessions.

You can read about it online by CLICKING HERE.

One session will compare notes from student editors at two schools in the Southeast — Ole Miss and Belmont — that hosted Presidential Debates. Should be interesting.

We will see you Thursday, Feb. 19, for a discussion of interviewing principles and covering the news.

The evolving skillset for today’s journalists

February 3, 2009

Research reported today on a new media blog seems to underscore a couple of notions.

  • First, students need to acquire a varied set of diverse skills to be competitive out of the box when they graduate.
  • Second, the job market out there is pretty bleak.

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Panorama photos of Inaugural, super-sized

January 30, 2009
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Credit: gigapan.org

Of the thousands of pictures taken at Barack Obama’s Inaugural, few have the impact of the massive image knitted together from over 200 separate images and taken from the left side of the viewing area.

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Numbers joining social networks exploding

January 28, 2009

Over one in three adults now have joined a social network on the Internet during the past four years. These findings were revealed by the Pew Foundation following research by its Internet and Amrican Life project that showed eight percent of adults who have joined in to a social network had exploded to a 25 percent share by 2009.

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Multimedia report covers inaugural celebration in Birmingham

January 23, 2009

UAB Kaleidoscope Photo Editor James McConatha covered the inaugural celebration ceremony at Birmingham’s Boutwell Auditorium. The slide show is featured on the newspaper’s Web site as part of an effort to expand multimedia content. The report, created with SoundSlides software, provides audio highlights of the ceremony along with James’ photos.

Boutwell Auditorium, Birmingham, Alabama--January 20, 2009

Boutwell Auditorium, Birmingham, Alabama--January 20, 2009

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Today’s introduction to blogs

January 22, 2009

Everyone is signing up… and to some it is self-explanatory, according to the first comment posted. Yup, it’s all self-explanatory… but we will be reviewing it anyway at our next class on January 29.

Barrack On! Some Inaugural Fun

January 22, 2009

billobama1Paste Magazine has devised a fun, interactive way to get involved — graphically speaking — with thee inauguration. Visit their web site HERE.

Click CREATE, upload a picture and you can create your own Obama Graphic Icon in the distinctive style of its creator Shepard Fairey.

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