As I am trying to wrap up this semester (still have gigabytes to go …), I really want to start thinking about what we’ll be doing next semester. Before I can do that, though, there’s a little physical and virtual cleaning around the office spaces that needs to get done. Over at ProfHacker, Natalie Houston’s post on 12 Ways to Wrap Up Your Semester is a pretty good outline on what I need to get done.
Now to find the time … and maybe the will.
Heard this on my local NPR station (WUGA) as I pulled into work this morning, was definitely one of those driveway moments … Susan Stamberg looks at an exhibit at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington on 165 years of war photography.
It includes interviews with several of my heroes, including David Burnett (who I should probably just create a category for).
“Photographers, generally, who risk their lives are pacifists, but they sometimes question whether their work has accomplished what they hoped,” (John G. Morris) says.
Burnett agrees. “The more you’ve seen of death and inhumanity, the more it turns you into someone who really can’t stand the sight of war,” he says.
Jack Limpert writes about his days working in the Detroit UPI newsroom. Which got me thinking about my days in my last newsroom, which was almost as archaic as what he recalls.
It does give us a good lesson – you don’t learn much from a screen. Sure, there’s information on a screen, but not a lot of knowledge. As newsrooms shutter their photo staffs and push reporters to produce more short stories to generate more clicks, the only way to do that is from a newsroom.
I’m very concerned that the disconnect between journalists and sources that has been growing for the last decade is accelerating right now. And that is not a good thing.
(Thanks to Mark Hertzberg for the link.)
If I were to ever depart academia, one of my first stops would be the Chicago Tribune because I really want to work with Alex Garcia.
Today, on his Assignment Chicago blog, he put together a grid of about 300 photos the staff there shot.
Yep, just one week’s worth of images.
Go look, go read. You can’t do that with a smartphone.
Paul Anger, the editor and publisher of the Detroit Free Press writers about the arrest of staff photojournalist Mandi Wright.
From theca column:
We’d like answers, too. We also know that Detroit police have difficult jobs — that’s understatement — fueled by tension and adrenalin.
But they shouldn’t be worrying about rousting citizens who are within their rights to record actions of police officers on a public street.
We all know the officers have more important things to do.
The Orlando Sentinel's Gary Greene shares some of his experiences covering the George Zimmerman trial.
The one surprising thing for me: remote cameras in the courtroom. I suspect this is more common than I'm aware of, but thinking back to my courtroom coverage, that option would have been fantastic for better telling those stories.