The Atlanta Photojournalism Seminar has announced the dates for their 2013 event, moving from their traditional early-December slot to November 14-16. Lots of benefits to this as it won’t conflict with the SEC Championship in Atlanta now.
More importantly, it won’t fall in the middle of exams for my students … hopefully this means more of them will get themselves there.
In 2010, photojournalist Daniel Morel was working in Haiti when the devastating earthquake struck. He started shooting immediately and posted several photos to Twitter. Agence France-Press, a wire service, picked up eight of this images, transmitting them to their clients and passing them off to Getty Images, a photo agency.
However, neither AFP nor Getty had permission, so Morel has filed a copyright suit against the two companies. It took another minor turn this week as a federal trial court judge has decided that the infringers are jointly and not individually liable, according to a post on the National Press Photographers Association’s Advocacy blog.
This means there is only one defendant (a joined AFP and Getty) as opposed to two separate ones, which will limit the damages payable to Morel.
If you haven’t seen it and you’re a fan of the Arrested Development series, you have to head over to NPR’s web site to see this insane, inside-joke app they created.
Then, head over to the Poynter Institute where Andrew Beaujon has interviewed it’s creator, Adam Cole, who says it started as a bit of a hobby project.
And for all those university kids who think their science classes aren’t very helpful, I give you this excerpt:
(Cole’s) schoolwork in biology came in handy: “My undergraduate thesis was about mussel beds, so I was very used to filling out endless spreadsheets with data.”
Journalism uses everything it can to tell a story – cameras, lenses, pens and spreadsheets.
This is mostly fun, now … but sixty years ago, if I had the same ethical standards I do now, I’d be pretty frightened by this book on how to retouch photos that Michael Zhang has written about at PetaPixel.
I will grant that most of the photos in the book are commercial or corporate images and not what we would consider pure journalism. But still … to “glamorize” an image by adding more smoke from a factory stack seems … well … odd.
This may be the best ad campaign I’ve ever seen for a news organization … Nail has created a campaign for the Providence Journal and it is brilliant.
(For mobile viewers, the video is in Flash, sorry about that.)
(Thanks to Seth Siditsky for the lead.)
Maybe, maybe, this time we’ll get this to happen – The New York Times is reporting the Obama administration has caked Sen. Charles Schumer to revive a federal shield law bill.
A democracy must have a free and open press, one that does not work under fear of the government.
Over at the National Press Photographers Association’s web site, Jim Colton has put together a series of posts on building the perfect portfolio.
In the third part of the series, he quotes MaryAnne Golon of the Washington Post:
You need to care deeply about every image in your portfolio. If you don’t care about your pictures, why would anyone else?
Damn straight …
The World Press Photo competition has submitted the files of Paul Hansen’s winning image to a forensic expert and have declared the image to be okay.
“We have reviewed the RAW image, as supplied by World Press Photo, and the resulting published JPEG image. It is clear that the published photo was retouched with respect to both global and local color and tone. Beyond this, however, we find no evidence of significant photo manipulation or compositing. Furthermore, the analysis purporting photo manipulation is deeply flawed, as described briefly below.”
So … was there someone on a grassy knoll with a reflector?