This afternoon at 4 p.m. at the Fall Convention in Boston I will be moderating the On-the-spot JEA Write-Off contest in Information Graphics. This short presentation will be part of that moderation. Thank you to all the participants, and best wishes for the judging.
The five essential skills:
Handle a camera with mastery
Using a documentary approach, tell stories through interesting photos
Crop photos to improve the composition
Save and file photos correctly
Color balance and tone images
Download the presentation here:Take 5 Basic photo skills v.2
This question comes up frequently: “I have some money to spend on photo equipment for my publication; what should I buy?”
Any answer depends on how much money you have to spend. I recently worked with a local camera dealer with this in mind and we came up with five packages of the best equipment for high school photojournalism ranging from a low end of about $300 to a top of just under $3,000. (Some of these prices include rebates that may not be current when you buy.)
The most affordable package is built around the Canon Powershot SX260 HS, a point and shoot camera that excels at the low light conditions your students will encounter covering school events. It is easy to learn and will do a decent job on sports.
Nikon SLRs are the choice if you have more money to spend. We chose Nikon equipment because of their performance and durability. We selected the Tamron f2.8 80-200 zoom lens on these packages because they offer great performance and a good price.
Each of the packages include cases, memory cards and insurance, something that I think is important when working with high school students.
My partner on this project was Dave Johnson of PhotoPro in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Even though you can save a few bucks by buying photo equipment at online superstores, a good full-service photo dealer can be competitive, and they offer advice and service you can’t get online. It’s impossible for most of us to keep current on what equipment is available now and in the near future. Dave’s advice on these packages was extremely valuable. So if you have a full-service dealer in your area, buy there; otherwise you can buy from PhotoPro online.
Package 1, $300- Canon SX260 camera: PP -278740
Package 2, $600 – Nikon 3100 Kit. PP- 278743
Package 3, $1375 – Nikon D5200 with two lenses PP- 278750
Package 4, $2,400 – Nikon D7000 with two lenses PP- 278753
Package 5, $2,700 – Nikon D7000 with f2.8 17-50mm and f2.8 70-200mm lenses PP- 278778
After a full year without a current Pulitzer winner to read, I am doubly excited about this week’s announcement that The Orphan Master’s Son has won the award. With all the news about Korea I have hoped to find something to let me get inside the heads of those who live there. Their thinking seem so incomprehensible judging from news development alone. This book promises to give some insight into that.
The opinion section if your newspaper of magazine is the place to perform many of the roles readers expect of a publication. The presentation linked here will show what these roles are and what publications need to do to become the leading voice of the student body.
The presentation develops in some detail a strategy for writing a staff editorial that will engage readers and win them over to your point of view.
You can download the presentation here: Lead with Opinion.
A handout explaining the editorial lead and a template for an effective editorial here. Writing staff editorials
InDesign can be intimidating, but over last two years I have seen two staffs with no previous experience do the layout on newspaper startups with just a little coaching. Here is what I’d recommend:
Researchers usually find that students flourish where there is stability in the school, with an experienced staff, clear expectations, small classes, and a rich curriculum.
In Kentucky, first state to implement and test the Common Core, student scores fell and achievement gaps widened.
This teacher in Connecticut foresees rough weather ahead as the state and federal government launch a massive experiment: