Saturday, July 31, 2010

Multimedia Immersion Rap

I hope everyone is having a great weekend!

My best friend Rachel Leamon knows what my two passions are: music and journalism. So because she is the best, she shared this hilarious -- yet great -- music video with me.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.....

In celebration of the kick off of the NPPA Multimedia Immersion workshop in Syracuse, N.Y., Evan Vucci and Matt Ford produced this silly music video about being multimedia journalists.

Multimedia Immersion rap from News Photog on Vimeo.


Friday, July 30, 2010

This Week in Words and Pics

A lot of good things happened this week and a lot of bad things happened. The common thread in this statement is they both came at a huge price.

It has been said that this month has been one of the most violent in Afghanistan. It's been nine years since September 11 but it seems much longer than that.

Reporters struggle to be creative in delivering soldiers' stories and the public lacks the interest to read them because it never gets easier to comprehend.

But we must try as journalist to make them listen.


Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Writers are the Best Kind of Loners

Have you ever heard the term, "what doesn't kill you only makes you stronger"?

Yes, well, writers invented that phrase.

The only difference is that for writers, the phrase really means "what doesn't kill you only makes you write about it better."

This can best be applied to poets; they have the natural ability to transform pain, pleasure and every emotion into beautiful pieces of writing.


Monday, July 26, 2010

How to Be a Super Journalist

Lois Lane
Super Journalist
I've come across some incredible tips, articles and posts that fellow journalists have written. They offer so much information about how to become the "Super Journalist" you are striving to be.

How to Tell a Journalist from a Blogger
This is extremely helpful, clear and full of valid points. In today's society, it's easy for a journalist to turn into an opinionated writer via a blog post. But there should always be a clear distinction between the two.

1. A journalist is trained in journalism.
Whether in the hallowed halls of higher learning or in the less-hallowed halls of a professional newsroom, the journalist has been trained as such. The journalist’s work has been pruned mercilessly by the red pens of professors, peers, and editors.

A bachelor’s degree in journalism, media studies, mass communication, or some similarly named program along with at least a few years under the tutelage of editors is the best preparation for calling oneself a journalist.....


Sunday, July 25, 2010

Dedicated Reporters

Does anyone feel like the weekends are never long enough? I know I do.

Well, no worries. Here are two videos to keep you in good spirits. They are a good distraction from thinking about heading back to the office or newsroom tomorrow....

Reporter Owned By Sled:

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Reporter Owned by Skateboard

And I would just like to say, these two reporters are clearly dedicated. They kept reporting even after their embarrassing moment.


Friday, July 23, 2010

This Week in Words and Pics

This week's news was all about how important it is to educate yourself.

Whether you are trying out new software, testing the waters with Twitter, creating your first multimedia news story or learning about the latest political debate ....

keep educating yourself!

This week's news kept reiterating how important a well-rounded education is. And more importantly: that the schooling doesn't end just because college does.

(Why the picture of Renee Zellweger from the movie Bridget Jones's Diary? Because this movie teaches us that even though learning the ways of the world is tough, you always come out with a better understanding of who you are and what it is you want)


Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Curves, Cleavage and the Kardashians

Work off the calories, but not your curves.

J.Lo started it but the Kardashian sisters have taken it to a whole new level. The sisters have given a new perspective on how to stay healthy and fit while also staying sane and sexy.

Kim and her sisters Khloe and Kourtney have given hope to curvy women around the world by promoting a new body type -- one that is more realistic.

In an article from Life & Style, the sisters share what works for them when they are trying to lose weight; And more than that, they admit that they are human and indulge themselves in their favorite treats.


Saturday, July 17, 2010

The Definition of Writing

I've been writing a lot lately. Not just for this blog, but for work and my own pleasure. One could say a wave of inspiration hit me this week and I just can't seem to put my pen down or close the lid to my laptop.

And it's wonderful.

I can't remember the last time I felt so clear that the words in my mind automatically migrated to the screen. In addition to this experience, I have been coming across insightful quotes and poems that try to explain what "writing" is.

I would like to share:


Friday, July 16, 2010

This Week in Words and Pics

This week was booming with social media news. All the news, blogs and pics seem to revolve around the public's new obsession. So here are my picks for the best coverage of the week.


-ABC Good Morning America

A lot of people are creating Twitter and LinkedIn accounts -- but not a lot of people know how to use these social networks. For every profession it's different.


Wednesday, July 14, 2010

"The Girl Who Played with Fire" ....not so hot

I'm genuinely upset. I was looking forward to the second book so much because the first one absolutely blew my mind. But all I have to say is The Girl Who Played with Fire doesn't hold a candle to the first one.

First, let's start off with the plot that reads well but wasn't an entertaining read:

Michael Blomkvist, crusading publisher of the magazine Millennium, has decided to run a story that will expose an extensive sex trafficing operation. On the eve of its publication, the two reporters responsible for the article are murdered, and the fingerprints found on the murder weapon belong to his friend, the troubled genius hacker Lisbeth Salander. Blomkvist, convinced of Salander's innocence, plunges into an investigation. Meanwhile, Salander herself is drawn into a murderous game of cat and mouse, which forces her to face her dark past.

The book starts off great because the reader is thrown into an interesting investigation about Sweden's sex trafficking that is fascinating as well as disturbing.


Monday, July 12, 2010

A Monday Mood Booster

Mondays are rough. You just had a fun or relaxing weekend and the last thing you want to do is walk into work with a to-do list waiting for you.

But here is a quick list of some things you can do for next Monday:

Early Morning Gym Session:
Start your week off right and healthy: go to the gym. Your endorphins will kick in and you'll feel accomplished before even being "work" productive.

Shower and Stretch:
Wash the sleep out of your system and wake your body up -- even if your brain isn't.


Sunday, July 11, 2010

"The Newsies," a movie review

The weather forecast predicted a lot of rain this weekend. So I took this opportunity to spend some quality time staying in and watching movies.

One of the movies I was eager to watch is an all-time classic and personal favorite: The Newsies:

July, 1899: When Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst raise the distribution price one-tenth of a cent per paper, ten cents per hundred, the newsboys, poor enough already, are outraged. Inspired by the strike put on by the trolley workers, Jack "Cowboy" Kelly (Christian Bale) organizes a newsboys' strike. With David Jacobs (David Moscow) as the brains of the new union, and Jack as the voice, the weak and oppressed found the strength to band together and challenge the powerful. Written by Kaitlin Dwyer Rankins

I remember watching this movie when I was eight years old and loving it. Although I didn't understand the history and plot background, I loved the music. Who knew Christain Bale and Bill Pullman were so musically talented?

But as I watch it now, I realize how much of the background and plot can be applied to today


Friday, July 9, 2010

This Week in Words and Pics

As stated before, every Friday I'm going to feature the best pictures, blog posts and articles of the week.

The articles were either written well, interesting or took on a different style that I think stands out. The blog posts will be the ones that I thought were the most well thought out and creative. The pictures will be mind blowing and good examples of photojournalism.



CNN fires Middle Eastern editor over Tweet
This was one of the most talked about articles in the media world. I can't say that I'm 100 % decided but what I do think this event raises, is: Is Social Media getting ahead of itself?


Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Back to the way things SHOULD be

I'm old school. Old school in the sense that I rarely argue with my parents and typically accept 99.9 percent of what they say. It's not me being young and needing them to think for me. It's me genuinely thinking they are intelligent in what they say.

HOWEVER, the one thing me and my father always disagree on is politics.

I'm naive in the way that I truly believe our President wants to do his job. My father is stubborn in thinking that no Democratic president can do that. I'm silly in believing that the American people can turn the world around. He's confident that the world is headed for disaster.

Regardless of our beliefs, the one thing we cannot even come CLOSE to agreeing on is Israel's relationship with Obama. And I have to say, I can't help but agree with him -- only because the media keeps it that way.


Monday, July 5, 2010

Multimedia Journalism

I haven't been writing lately because I've been completely engulfed in Stieg Larsson's, The Girl Who Played with Fire. The book is so suspenseful that I just can't put it down. But I also can't read it fast enough to finish because every word carries a clue.

So the following is a multimedia project I have done in the past to keep you entertained until I finish the book and write the review.

"A College Love Story" is my baby. I worked three months on this project, which takes a look into college relationships. Why they work, why they fail and what challenges couples need to face to survive.

Cindy and Stephen (the couple in the video) are a perfect example of a healthy relationship. However, their relationship was not protected against common college obstacles. They really opened up to me and discussed personal issues that I think a lot of adults can relate to.


Sunday, July 4, 2010

July 4th Weekend in Words and Pics

I'm going to start something new, "This Week in Words and Pics."

Every Friday I will post articles I thought were excellent, blog posts that were well-done and pictures that blew my mind. It's a great way to end the week and get ready for the next.

I think this will also be helpful in broadening the range of reading you get on this blog. It will connect you to writers I enjoy reading as well as journalists I still learn from.

Each weekly post will have a theme. As an example, this one will be for July 4th weekend, dealing with freedom and war (because you can't have one without the other)......


Thursday, July 1, 2010

How are Journalists Portrayed?

I'm currently reading The Girl Who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson. Instantly, I was drawn into the book. Unlike the previous book, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, this book is suspenseful right off the bat.

One of the things I love is how Larsson portrays journalists and the journalism industry.

Larsson was the editor in chief of the magazine Expo in Sweden. he was the editor of the Swedish Trotskyist journal Fjärde internationalen. He also wrote regularly for the weekly Internationalen. As a science fiction fan, he was co-editor or editor of several fanzines, including Sfären, FIJAGH! and others; in 1978-1979 he was president of the largest Swedish science fiction fan club, Skandinavisk Förening för Science Fiction (SFSF)

His own experiences in the industry gave him the materials to depict the journalism world. And I love it. It's fascinating to read what dirty secrets financial journalists face everyday. It's also interesting to read about how hard it is to stay moral and ethical in the journalism world when it's the scandalous secrets and harsh truths that make headlines.