Cool Links #109: Not Taken By The Rapture

Contrary to popular opinion, I have not been abducted by space aliens, raptured away or joined a cult.  OK, maybe I did join a cult – or at least my son did – I was drafted by the cult known as Boy Scouts.  As a yearbook advisor, I already have very limited time. Now as a Boy Scouting leader AND still a yearbook advisor, free time has become a mystical concept that is heard about, but never seen.  I am not blog-fading, just trying to figure it all out.  With summer upcoming, I should be able to get back into a rhythm of blogging again.  (I hope.)  Now for the links…

1 – After months of indecision, the Texas Legislature has finally settled on the amount of pain to inflict on public school districts.  If you live here and want to know how bad it will be for the next two years, take a look.  Thanks to the Texas Tribune for providing our state with the best info on every twist and turn of the crazy pink building in Austin.

2 – I love photography.  Didn’t start out that way, but I love it.  I am intrigued by famous photos, especially of “regular” people who just happened to be in a famous photo.  Listverse has a Top 10 of the lives of people made famous by famous photos – especially what happened after the photo was published.

3 – Here is a great tool for creating visualizations for news stories called Many Eyes.  It appears to be free.

4 – Are our First Amendment rights in danger? They are when Police see cameras like this

How Police see SLR Cameras

How Police see SLR Cameras

5 – I recently wrote about how teachers in the US are taking the blame for a problem created outside of schools.  And Finland has been held up lately as the solution to all our problems.  But Finland and the US are nothing like each other.

6 – I deeply respect Mindy McAdams, I think she is one of the best professors in online journalism today.  I mainly agree with her post – that it is not stupid to major in journalism today, as long as the student understands the landscape.  They must be prepared to never work for a traditional news organization, or only work for one for a short time.  They must be ready to work for a small online startup, maybe even a series of them.  Their career will be very different from journalists of the past.

7 – Now this is a Facebook style photo that is worthy of being called a photograph.

Houston, that is going on my Facebook page.

Houston, that is going on my Facebook page.

8 – I love my Mac, but I hate waiting for Photoshop or Final Cut to render.  The Macintosh Performance Guide has all kinds of ways to help you get the most out of your Mac and the software on it, like the Adobe line of products.  Worth studying.

9 – This is turning into a “stuff I love” post, but I’ve had nothing but great experiences with the wonderful people at B&H Photo.  Apparently a camera they were testing (a used one) mistakenly ended up leaving their store with the photos still on it.  This gave the outside world a glimpse into the world of B&H.  I love the photos.  I love the fact that B&H is closed on Jewish holidays, just like I love the fact that Chick-fil-a is closed on Sundays.  I respect businesses that have a positive ethos and B&H does this well.  They provide a great service at a good price, by friendly people.

10 – Need a free, easy to use HTML editor look no further, just click on the link.

11 – At my school, we ditched our photo company a long time ago – too costly.  We now take our photos ourselves, and this means training the students on how to take a good portrait.  But what is good for a thin person, doesn’t work with someone like myself – someone who has a higher BMI.  dPs has a top flight post on how to photograph larger people.

12 – If you are like me, many of the photos in your yearbook are taken by staffers who never took a photo class.  They got a quick and fast version of it in yearbook class and they shoot most of their photos with a point and shoot – often badly.  Clifford Otto has a terrific post about how to hold your point and shoot to get the best photos.

13 – I know this is how many teachers and students feel about school right now.

Not sure you get 100% in May

Not sure you get 100% in May

14 – Do ethics matter in online journalism, maybe more so than ever.  Check out this post from Mindy McAdams with 10 Rules for Online Ethics.  Best takeaway – #2 Assume everything you write online will become public.

15 – Petapixel has the best explanation of depth of field I’ve ever seen.

16 – This is a fun site to teach kids about ISO, shutter and aperture – Camera Sim.

17 – I’ve heard that the kerfluffle over staging shots of presidential speeches has changed the official policy at the White House, but it is sad that they ever did it this way to begin with.

18 – This is pretty geeky and contains math content, but it is interesting – the f/stop scale is logarithmic because humans are bad at telling the difference in brightness, unless it is really big.

19 –  The owners of Leica Camera were the Oskar Schindlers of the photo world.  The untold story of how they snuck Jews out of Germany before and during WWII.

 

I have more, but I’m saving some for later in the week.

 

Cool Links #94: The One About The Midpoint

Here in most of Texas, we are about mid-way through the summer.  And for many of us, summer will end early because of back to work tasks that can’t wait – like getting all the computers hooked up and running, taking football/band/cheerleader pictures and meeting with the new yearbook rep.  All things we yearbook teachers do off-the-clock and unpaid.  No one has any idea how many hours of unpaid work go into being a yearbook teacher.  Our stipends don’t even come close.  We work from before the year starts until long after it ends and get a stipend that pales in comparison to the lowliest coach.  But, enough about that.  On to the links:

1 – Here is a collection of sad graphics about the decline of the news industry – focusing on the last three years called A Quick Primer on the US News Industry.

2 – Thanks to the Principal’s Page Blog2 for this photo – it really brings to life the computing revolution:  size, price and power ready to take anywhere.  I really miss my old Bondi Blue iMac.  But I love my new iMac even more.  We retired our last bubble iMac from the lab this year – it was 8 years old and still going as a printer server.

iMac v iPad

iMac v iPad

3 – This is a great article for any young, would-be journalist at either the college or high school level to read.  Thanks Ms. Yada, I hope the job search is going well.

4 – OK, yes clip art is so, like the ’90s.  But sometimes you really need a good piece of clip art for a powerpoint presentation.  Here is a royalty free clip art site for teachers.   As always, check the guidelines before reproducing anything.

5 – I’m incensed about the BP oil spill in the gulf.  As of this week, tar balls have been sighted on Galveston beaches.  Just like the Louisiana gulf coast, East Texas gulf coast was hit by hurricanes Rita, Katrina and Ike.  Many coastal towns live on tourist dollars in the summer months to feed them all year long.  Others from shrimping and fishing.  The last thing these towns need is the oil disaster that BP has unleashed upon us all.  The whole gulf coast is feeling it, but BP and the White House keep lowballing the problem and trying to keep journalist from seeing the real devastation.  I hope brave photogs and video crews keep thwarting the rent-a-cops and Coast Guard to publish photos that keep the disaster fresh in our minds.

6 – Here is where our industry is heading, as ad dollars keep shrinking and publications close, those few that remain will be more beholden to the ad money they still get.  This is especially true for trade publications – those magazines that cover a single industry, or group of related industries.  A reporter for Motorcyclist Magazine was allegedly fired because he did a story critical of a major sponsor – a helmet maker.  Who will be watching the watchers?

7 – This confirms something I’ve know for a while, minorities use the mobile web (smart phones/laptops/netbooks) more than Anglos.  I suspect it is because phones and netbooks are cheaper than a traditional desktop or high-end laptop and provide the user the mobility to seek out wifi at places like McDonalds, the public library, schools, Starbucks, etc.  That is a powerful combination for those who don’t own a home (rent) or have a need to be mobile due to their work (truck drivers, construction workers, seasonal laborers, etc.).  I think this is an important finding for those who wish to market to minority groups (yearbook).  You have to go where the customers are – online via mobile.

8 – Everyone has a story.  Eight million people live in the NYC area, each one has a story.  This is a great way to show your student journalists how to get personality profiles.

9 – If you don’t have great video of the event, then you need great storytelling/standups.  The ever-great Kaplitz blog has a superb example.

10 – I ran across this little tidbit while working on a lesson about Matthew Brady – how photos were made in the 1860s.

11 – If you create a web site, then you should validate the code.  This helps to make sure that your page is compliant with all web standards – All Web Design Info has a list of several sites to do just that.

12 – Working with type on the web?  Then you need these Six Super Helpful Typography Cheat Sheets.

13 – Here’s another resource for teachers wanting to learn the Google tools for your classroom – a 33 page guide from Free Tech 4 Teachers.

14 – And we wonder why journalists are held in such low regard and no one wants to pay for our work?  It is no wonder when well-respected publications keep violating the most basic of ethical standards – don’t modify photos.

Economist modifies photo of Obama

Economist modifies photo of Obama

15 – Want to use a popular song in a YouTube video, but you don’t want to pay an arm and a leg for the rights.  Now you can – Rumblefish is a service that is supposed to sell the musical rights to video creators who want to post to YouTube.  The rights are usually between $2-25 for a song and are only good for YouTube.  Try it out and let me know how it went.

16 – What makes a great teacher? No one thing, maybe these 12 things each contribute to being a great teacher – I think number 5 and 6 are pretty important.

17 – I’m always looking for more of these Photos That Changed The World to add to my collection.  Some great ones in this collection – Ghandi and Brady.

Keep having a great summer.  I just finished an 8 hour InDesign CS4 tutorial that took me about two weeks to complete – up next Photoshop, then Flash.

Cool Links #93: The One About Independence Day

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”  If only we could live up to these ideals.  But the first link today shows that we don’t.

1 – The First Amendment is dead.  Just ask Anderson Cooper.  Link via ShortForm Blog.

2 – If you live in Boston,  it may be too much to visit USC or if you are in Washington, then University of Miami is a long commute for a campus visit.  But youniversitytv can help your student get a look at a far away campus they are considering for a college choice.

3 – The Journal Register Company, a small chain of 18 publications is now running it’s entire operation open source.  Check it out at the Ben Franklin Project.  Freedom of the Press is for those who own the presses.  The Press is now FREE!

4 – I hate the pen tool.  In photoshop, illustrator, etc.  I don’t like it.  I don’t get it.  All Web Design Info wants to change that and help me and you learn how to control the pen tool.

5 – Don’t know how to post a video to YouTube?  It’s only seven basic steps away.

6 – Google Apps For Education has some training available for you at the right price – FREE! Learn all the basics for all the Ed Apps.  And then get certified.

7 – Royalty Free music is hard to come by – Adam Westbrook has Five Places for Cheap or Free Music for your video project.

8 – On a day when Freedom is supposed to ring, we are hearing the slow death of freedom.  At a time where nearly everyone carries a camera with them every day in their pocket, a photographer was harassed for trying to shoot video in Miami.  You have to watch this.  I can’t believe this is America, sounds more like the Soviet Union to me – “where are your papers, comrade?”  What scares me the most is that nobody seems to care.

9 – Maybe we need to show this to everyone!

10 – All Web Design Info has a simple series of graphics that explain how CSS3 Properties work.

11 – Great advice for young, starting off journalists from 10,000 words blog.  My advice via my j-prof:  “Get the secretary to like you.  The world is run by the secretaries.”  Best advice since my high school band director – “If you’re early, you’re on time.  If you’re on time, you’re late.”

12 – The Denver Post followed one kid from high school graduation to boot camp, to Iraq and back.  Great photo story telling.

13 – Not sure where I found this presentation about HTML 5, but make sure you start on slide 16 and skip the Java Script stuff unless you need to know about that too.

14 – Adventures in Pencil Integration has Six Lies We Tell Ourselves about Technology.  The biggest lies we teachers tell ourselves is:  If only I had this piece of technology or software, then everything would go smoothly in my classroom.

Have a happy Independence Day.

Cool Links #84: The One About Sleeping In

I really enjoyed my day of rest on Friday.  We didn’t have any school and so I took the time to sleep in and enjoy a day of peace and quiet.  I did go up to the church to see the recreation of the passion.  It was well done and inspiring.  I am energized and now ready to go back to school and finish up the year.  I’m even ready to deal with another trouble ticket for the yearbook on Monday.  It’s all good and so are the cool links.

1 – Thanks to ShortFormBlog for this link to Weird Al Yankovic’s short Youtube video with a grammar lesson.

2 – This speaks for itself.  Not sure why it would be censored?

Censorship = Evil

Censorship = Evil

3 – In the last week or two, I’ve become a fan of using non-destructive forms of editing in Photoshop, especially layer masks.  This tutorial has most everything you need to know to apply layer masks for adjustments.

4 – This video is about a printer who decided to reprint the engravings from a really old Webster’s Dictionary.  He did all the work by hand with old-fashioned letterpress printing equipment.  Even the book binding is done by hand.  Great video for yearbook kids to see how it used to be done.  I’d love to show it to my students, but Vimeo is blocked at my school, and I don’t know of any way to download from that site.  Any ideas?  Please send them to me.  BTW I use a Mac, so PC only software is out.

Bookbinding the Old Fashioned Way

Bookbinding the Old Fashioned Way

5 – The great design blog Hongkiat.com has a post about the 52 Worst Photoshop Mistakes.  I’ve seen a ton of them before on Photoshop Disasters.  But it’s great to revisit some old favorites.  Beware, a few are NSFS.

52 Photoshop Mistakes

52 Photoshop Mistakes

6 – As a yearbook photography teacher, I’m constantly dealing with photos that have to be shot indoors, with unflattering light, in low light or mixed lighting conditions.  DPs as is their habit, has another super post 5 Tips for Consistently Good Indoor Photos. Best Takeaway:  Make friends with your flash and learn how to maximise natural and manmade light.

7 – This is what I worry about the future of media: that it will become a literal walled garden for only the wealthy.  This is both for content creators and consumers.  Basically, as serious well-reported journalism shrinks, and fewer agree to pay for content, that content will increase in price and decrease in availability.  And as that happens, only the wealthy will care about and support serious journalism.  And the corollary to this is that journalism schools will shrink, disappear or become the territory for the rich.  For only the rich will be able to support themselves while they earn the right to work at one of the few elite media outlets that actually pays a salary.  Most middle class and students who come from poverty simply can not afford a life without a paycheck.  Many struggle now without loans and suffer under the requirements of a (usually) unpaid internship.  This means a summer without a summer job and the income that affords them.  As a journalism teacher in an urban high school, I see that as a terrible future.   Our country once saw equality of opportunity as a guiding principle.  Too bad that is not likely in the future.  Money has always been a big help in journalism – buying newer and better equipment.  Now it will be the only thing that matters.

8 – Want to learn HTML coding.  Here’s a great site that shows you how, step-by-step and in an interactive way.  Davesite.com also has CSS and Design tutorials too.

Have a great week and don’t let the testing demons get  you down.  Just a few more weeks until school’s out.

We Hold These Truths To Be Self-Evident

Declaration of Independence

Declaration of Independence

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”

These words from the Declaration of Independence are the first stirrings of the freedoms that we now enjoy, including the Freedoms of Speech and Press.  Without which, none of what we in the Fourth Estate do would have any meaning.  So, today we must remember the meaning of July 4th – Independence Day.  Have a Happy Fourth.

Cool Links #40: Post Apple Store Edition

I didn’t put out any cool links last week because all my bookmarked stuff to share went down in flames with the Firefox crash last week.  But, thanks to Nathan at the Houston Galleria Apple Store, I’m back in business with more cool stuff.

1 – Live TV is always five seconds away from disaster. At least when I worked in TV it was.

Here’s more trouble in the field!

Wet and Wild

Wet and Wild

2 – The One Man Band Reporter blog has become a regular source of great stuff.  Here’s a tutorial for creating lower thirds. Those are the names that appear in the lower third of the TV screen when someone is first on camera in a news story. He uses Photoshop and Final Cut.

3 – Betty’s Blog explores the virtues of texting and IM language.  Yes, there can be virtues to know how to do things quickly.

4 – The New York Times has a wonderful photo story about the “Tank Man” of Tiananmen Square.  Four different photographers captured the same instant and tell their tales of how they got the photos out of Communist China.  It’s hard to believe that was 20 years ago.

5 – Here are two Mac OS X menu bar add-ons that I have found useful this week.  The first is Check Off, a simple To Do List right where you need it.  The second is F.lux a strange little app that changes the lighting on your screen to match the time of day.

6 – The Pew Institute has a fun little News IQ Quiz..  I scored a 58% which is better than average for nearly every category.

7 – If  you are creating podcasts with your students, you may want to add music.  Do it the legal way with podcast safe music.

8 – This is fun or at least interesting.  Find out info on your school’s ZIP or all the ZIPs that feed into your school.

9 – This looks like fun, creating cusom icons and art in photoshop or illustrator with 22 well written tutorials.

10 – Thanks to News Videographer for this link to a great use of natural sound in video.  Too often we want to talk it to death in TV.  Let the power of video and sound work it’s magic.  This story is really compelling to me.  We flood here in Houston in the summer, I never thought of a flood in winter conditions.

11 – Viewfinder Blues shares this well-edited piece about editing from the BBC.

12 – As school is ending for most of us, here’s a great little blog post about why time off from teaching is so important.

13 – Here is an article from the LA Times about a unique, intersting and scary school that is performing miracles in a tough LA neighborhood.  But I don’t think they could replicate this success in any school where the students are not self or parent selected.

14 – The Philadelphia Inquirer reached a milestone this year – 180 years, but will they see 181, or 190 or 200?

15 – Free Technology For Teachers blog has a link filled post about the perils of teaching copyright.

Cool Links #32: Easter Egg Edition

I’ve been feeling a lot better, both mentally, physically and spiritually.  So, I thought I’d hand out a special Easter edition of Cool Stuff!  Enjoy!

1)  It seems our cousins across the pond didn’t read their Orwell.  Here’s a great Flickr image of a photoshopped version of a real poster seen in the wild in Britain. Check out the real poster here on their Flickr feed.

Didnt Read Their Orwell

Didn't Read Their Orwell

2)  Here’s a great nugget from NASA, the orginal Earthrise photo from the Apollo 8 Mission. Beautiful even in black and white.

Earthrise

Earthrise

3)  Another rock solid interactive map from the NY Times, immigration and jobs in the US, by country of origin and job type.  Very cool and easy to understand. The NY Times does graphics better than anyone on the internet right now.

4) All teachers, especially high school ones, have seen these moves in their classes as students try to check their text messages.  Short and worth the watch TED talk about the anti-social nature of cell phones.

5) Web design teachers and yearbook teachers can find a lot of use in this post about the basic online column layouts and their most used percentages.

6) Here’s another YB/Web two-fer, 8 Simple Ways to Improve Typography.  I know that this is one of the easiest ways to improve your publication or web site’s look is back to basics.  Look at your text.  Make it readable and tweak it until it looks great.  Then lock it in for at least a year.

7) Yearbook teachers, if you’re like me, then this year’s book is done.  Next year’s book is already started and you are running out of things to do.   Here’s 25 FUN Things You can do with photos! Fun!

8 ) Not sure what LOL BRB L8R or noob mean?  Here’s a Text Message translator so you can either figure out what they are texting about you, or so you can just figure out what your son/daughter/editor sent you in that last text message said!

9) If you teach photography, you probably get some smart-alec kid each semester who wants you debunk some “ghost photo” that he/she saw on TV or the web.  This site has scientific explanations for how several ghost photos may have happened.

10) Tired of the same old look, spruce up your designs with 25 Free modern looking fonts. FREE!

Have fun egg hunting.  Happy Easter.

Cool Links #24: Jack’s Back

I am an on again, off again fan of the TV show 24.  I usually don’t watch it on FOX television because it has always competed with a show I like better.  So I wait patiently until the DVD sets come out and then I watch it marathon style, renting it on the Internet and getting the discs in my mailbox.  Yet another way tech is killing old media.  But that is not what today’s post is about – mostly.  Today is about cool stuff!

1) The Credit Crisis Visualized.  I saw this via Neatorama and it is worth the watch.  Why aren’t more online newspapers doing creative, easy-to-understand, almost fun online graphics like this? (If it is possible to have a fun graphic about the meltdown of the global economy?) This is the best explanation of the credit crisis I’ve seen yet.

These posts were created by a grad student – Jonathan Jarvis.  Great job.  Too bad someone didn’t produce this two years ago and show us all the danger we were in. Isn’t that the media’s job?

2) Our cousins down in New Zealand need our support, even if we can’t help directly.  The government of that beautiful country seems to have lost their minds and has decided that you are guilty before anyone proves you did anything wrong.  Their new “copyright” law will make Kiwi’s averse to creating anything on the Internet for fear of being accused of violating someones copyright.  The mere accusation is enough to put them in jail.

New Zealand's new Copyright Law presumes 'Guilt Upon Accusation' and will Cut Off Internet Connections without a trial. Join the black out protest against it!

3) A professor of journalism at the University of Scranton posted this list on his blog, J-Scranton.  The list is a must learn for 21st Century journalism. He writes…

According to an excerpt of the memo posted by The New Republic:

Stories need to be both interesting and illuminating–we don’t have the luxury of running stories folks won’t click on or spend several minutes with in the paper.

a) Would this be a “most e-mailed” story?

b) Would I read this story if I hadn’t written it?

c) Would my mother read this story?

d) Will a blogger be inspired to post on this story?

e) Might an investor buy or sell a stock based on this story?

f) Would a specialist learn something from this story?

g) Will my competitors be forced to follow this?

If you teach journalism students, please read his entire blog post and then find a way to convey this to your students.  I think the list can be tweaked for student media very easily – mainly letters e and g.

4) Mindy McAdams has a great post in her series RGMP (Reporters Guide to Multimedia Proficiency) and this one is all about photojournalism.  It has so many links, it is going to take me a while to go over it all.  Lots of goodies.  Thanks Mindy. There are six other previous posts in this series too.

5) This is a great post on how creative lighting, makeup and technique can be used to make one model look 10 – 20 – 30 – 40 – 50 – 60 years old.  This should show anyone in photography that photos can, do and will lie – it doesn’t always take Photoshop either.

6) The Nieman Journalism Lab has posted the top 15 papers based on visits and out of the list 14 have increased their total number of visits from 7 percent to 132 percent from the same time last year.  Most posting increases of more than 30 percent with an average of nearly 40 percent.  The only one with a decrease was the Houston Chronicle.  I think this is evidence that even in this economy, online can support news gathering to a certain degree, especially when newspapers stop duplicating content and cut the costs associated with that.

7) If you are trying to increase yearbook sales or “market” your yearbook more effectively, then you might want to consider reading the Definitive Guide to Word of Mouth Advertising.  Word of mouth seems to be the only way to reach teens these days.

8) The Tennessean.com has an interesting article about how journalism is not dying, it’s just returning to its roots.  The article compares the models of hyperlocal online to broad sheets of the 1700s.

9) There are some days where I really think my kids are doing great work and then there are days where I think we can do so much more.  Watch Out! makes me want to do more.  Here’s a group of middle school kids creating great video projects.  Awesome.

10) It just works.  Cueprompter is an online telelprompter solution that is free and works great.  I think we are going to put it to use in our studio.

11) This is mainly for US readers who are also bloggers, the Electronic Freedom Foundation has a great blogger’s rights site.  There is a lot of info on their rights in the US including a legal guide for bloggers.

12) I love listening to TWIP (This Week in Photography) with Scott Bourne and all the others, he has a simple, easy to follow explanation of how to use levels to tone a photograph in Photoshop.

13) “You are smarter than your camera.” What great advice.  I tell this to my students too.  The Digital Photography School wants you to use your camera on manual mode and they have a great guide for doing it.

That’s it for this installment.  The links you saw were presented in real time.


Cool Links #12: It’s Like A Party In Your RSS Reader

To start off my cool link bonanza, I’m going to recommend watching this short video about what an RSS Reader is and how to use one.  Like a lot of people, it took me a while to “get” RSS and then use it.  Then I had to learn again how to use it right.  Short cut all that and just go straight to Google Reader – it is a great RSS reader and easy to use.

2.  100 Cheat Sheets for Web Developers.  I guess as teachers we shouldn’t encourage cheating, but you can’t possibly ever know all the CSS, HTML, Ruby on Rails or WordPress shortcuts, codes and more.

3.  I just couldn’t stop looking at what a great site Crayon Virtuoso is and to top it off the site master is following one of the great online photo courses and posting their results on the site.  Very cool.

4. As a yearbook teacher, I’ve got to stay on top of trends and I know that Grunge is back.  So it is time to brush up on photoshop tutorials that grunge up text, photos and more.

5.  Cindy Green is blogging about a court case that could make Hazelwood look like small change.  Some court said that a middle school kid had to get a flyer approved before passing it out.  This could set the precident that ALL printed material MUST be approved before distribution.  So much for first amendment rights and the school house door. Keep us updated Cindy.

6.  Great collection of video tips and how to’s from Camp VJ. Wish I knew how to download them, because NING is bound to be blocked at school.

Cool Links #11: The Future Is Now

Sometimes links come in a bunch and with their own built in theme.  This week they did.  Too many times people in journalism are crying that real journalism is dead.  But I think it is not dead or even dying – it is going through changes.  Painful metamorphasis, but in the end journalism may be more vibrant and powerful.

1) Eat Sleep Publish surely believes that the future of journalism is less about brands (newspapers and magazines) and more about the individual writer or videographer.  We journalists have not been interested in “star power” but we need to get used to it.  We will have to create a brand around ourselves in the future.  That is where the only credibility will exist.

2) The future of our business is with the journalists we are training now.  That is why we must do a good job of giving them all the skills they need to be successful.  And they are creating their own networking tools online that will help them succeed.  Two of these tools are College Media Matters and College Rag.   They are already helping to fight against censorship and giving college journalists a group of fellows to help in any struggle.

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