Over at the Poynter Institute, Benjamin Mullin has compiled a list of 33 journalism fellowships and internships with upcoming deadlines. Some very good leads in there, worth poking through them.
Agence France-Presse’s Roland de Courson posted a chilling piece about their photo editors who have to look through all of the images coming out of the Middle East. Reading this gives you an entirely new perspective on hell.
Commenting on how the job has changed since the start of the Iraq war more than a decade ago, photo editor Marina Passos said:
What has changed is that the horrific images used to come once or twice a month. Now it is every day.
I hope AFP is offering counseling to those editors. Regardless of whether they feel they want it, they will need it.
For the last nine years I’ve lead some sort of a workshop every semester for my advanced photojournalism students. This past weekend, we tackled something new – a 16 hour day at the Georgia National Fair and the Macon Telegraph posted a massive gallery of 265 images in addition to a section front (seen at left).
There are really two big challenges to putting on these workshops – how to fund it and who to bring in. The fiscal problem was solved by my colleague Diane Murray who first found a grant from the University of Georgia’s Office of Service-Learning and then put us up on the university’s crowd funding site. (I could write many, many things about the crowd funding aspect – looking at the donors and seeing how many are alums from the program really made me feel good.)
The second issue hasn’t been much of an issue, either – the willingness of regional professionals to donate their time to my kids never ceases to amaze me. The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer’s Mike Haskey, Georgia Public Broadcasting’s Grant Blankenship and independent photojournalists and educators Sara Corce, Minla Shields and Billy Weeks all donated their time.
Special thanks goes to the Telegraph’s Woody Marshall, though. I sent him one email late on a Thursday last month and by noon the next day, we had a workshop. He’ll shy away from taking the credit, that he just made a few phone calls, but because of the relationships he has built over the years this event took place. I cannot thank him enough for his help.
Very proud of the work ethic, attitude and images my kids produced. More than a fair day in the end.
Now, on to the next one, which will be our (ahem) Tenth Annual UGA Photojournalism Weekend Workshop in the spring.
Opening later this month is 1,000 Times Good Night. The synopsis:
Rebecca (Oscar-winner Juliette Binoche) is one of the world’s top war photojournalists, but she’s also a wife and mother, leaving behind a husband and two young daughters every time she travels to a new combat zone. After a near-death experience chronicling the ritual of a female suicide bomber, husband Marcus (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) levels an ultimatum: give up the dangerous profession or lose the family she counts on being there when she returns from each assignment. With an offer to photograph a refugee camp in Kenya, a place allegedly so safe that daughter Steph (Lauryn Canny) is allowed to join her, Rebecca comes face to face with just how much she risks each time she steps back into the fray.
(Thanks to Seth Gitner for the link.)
Why the odd title? Go read and find out.
You can’t cross the streams unless you take a chance.
Short piece by the Washington Post’s Jackie Kucinich on Senator Patrick Leahy’s photo exhibit. Towards the end of the video is a nice segment about how he’s the only one photographing president’s actually signing documents – it’s a nicely different perspective.
Leica is celebrating 100 years of photography with an interesting video. (Note there is some nudity in it.)
This hits close to us here in Georgia … the Atlanta Photojournalism Seminar has announced a $1,000 grant in honor of the late Associated Press photographer Dave Martin.
Application dealing is November 1, details at the link above.
(Thanks to Stanley Leary for the link.)
Steve Fox is my hero.
He’s on the faculty at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and, last spring, taught an investigative reporting class that looked at heroin usage in Massachusetts. This week, the Boston Globe ran a story reported and written by two of his students that looked at one UMass student who was convinced to become a confidential informant in exchange for not being charged with heroin possession.
The student, who wasn’t required to go through any rehab or treatment program, later died of a heroin overdose.
As a direct result of the reporting by students Eric Bosco and Kayla Marchetti, the University of Massachusetts has announced it is suspending the use of confidential informants.
To Bosco and Marchetti, excellent work – your story was well researched, well reported and well crafted. It dove deeply into a troubling issue and handled it with professionalism and grace. It’s a classic example of the power of journalism.
And to Professor Fox – awesome work guiding and inspiring your students to do something so remarkable.