Cool Links #97: Back To School Edition

Here in Texas, most public schools start the week of Aug. 24.  It became state law a couple of years ago, that schools can’t start before then.  That means teachers return next Monday in many districts.  I’m ready to get back to work.  I really do feel the like the long, recently hot, summer is over.  So, let’s cool it down with links.

1 – The wonderfully named Robert Picard thinks Journalism is in Good Health.  I suppose in a Darwinian way, as the number of journalism jobs decrease, those who are serious about the craft will win out over those who are not.  Let’s hope that the Business of journalism will find some health too.

2 – This is something we’ve struggled with – HD video.  We have cameras that do SD, widescreen SD, 720p and 1080i HD.  The One Man Band Reporter tries to explain why using HD in the newsroom is difficult and slow going.

3 – What will happen if yearbooks disappear?  How will we find embarrassing photos of actors and politicians from their high school years?

Who's this good looking young guy?

Who's this good looking young guy?

4 – This is so true.  How can these kids show up looking like $1 million bucks at the first bell and look so bad when they get to picture day?

Yearbook Photo Day Readiness

Yearbook Photo Day Readiness

5 – Adam Westbrook is running a series on Blogging.  How, why and everything else.  So far, my favorite one has been How To Build An Audience.  It’s really not just about blogging, but about appealing to those who want the content you’ve got.  The rest of the series is pretty good, worth putting into your RSS feed.

6 – This is a great little nugget – Lee Hood’s Broadcast Journalism Tips.

7 – This post really hit it right on the head.  So many adults today think that kids are born wired into the computer, but they are not born tech savvy, they are tech comfy.

8 – The JPROF has a super post – Seven Steps To An Audio Slideshow.  I think I will use this with my photojournalism kids this year.

9 – This is hilarious – a soccer team (football across the pond) in England banned photographers from their games and insisted newspapers buy the photos from their official photographer.  So a newspaper covered the game with an artist – like a court story here in the US.  Funny.

10 – PetaPixel has a fun video comparing the new Barbie Cam Doll with a Canon DSLR.

It's A Barbie World

It's A Barbie World

11 – I’ve been trying to find a way to spice up a lesson on historical photographers.  This looks like the kids might enjoy it – A Historical Facebook Page for an historical figure.

12 – This post from Copyblogger – 60 Ways to Increase your Influence online would be worth it just for #1 – David Meerman Scott. “Stop talking about your products and services. People don’t care about products and services; they care about themselves.” -@dmscott

13 – Photo Agency head Neil Burgess says Photojournalism is Dead.  I think that is overstating it a bit.  What I think he is really trying to say is that quality photography is dead.  The tyranny of good-enough is here.

14 – Mindy McAdams has posted a superb example on how to teach the five shot method for broadcast journalism.

15 – This is bound to be useful – a Final Cut plugin to change multiple fonts at once.  Thanks Alex4d.

16 – Black Star Rising has posted part 3 of a series – Why The First Amendment Matters.

17 – The Denver Post has a great collection of images from the 1930s in color – yes color.  Great collection from a time when nearly all the photos are black and white.

America - 1930s in Color

America - 1930s in Color

18 – There are a number of good collections of journalism videos on YouTube including: How to Be a Local Sports Reporter with Jamal Spencer, How to Be a Local TV News Reporter with Bill Albin, YouTube’s own Project Report, and the YouTube Reporter’s Center.

Have a great back to school week!

YLYB #3: Photo Marathon Begins

Today I took a lot of photos – dance team and cheerleaders.  We did group shots and mugs.  It was an all day fun-a-thon.  My 10-year-old (still 9 actually) son came along and was a lot of help.  He hauled lights, drug cords and generally played photographer’s assistant.  He did great.

For the most part, things worked out.  We were fighting the Texas heat and humidity today.  As you might already know, when you take a camera from the air conditioned building to the humid, hot outdoor realm, it will fog over.  And then taking it back indoors may do it again.  So, make sure you keep the camera in a camera bag and with a lens cap on, until the last minute when you have to go in-out-in really quickly.  If you are going out to shoot, you may want to acclimate your camera for 30 minutes or more so it is ready when you need it.

We dodged the rain drops and said nice things to the volleyball coaches.  In the end we shot all the shots we needed and didn’t miss a beat.  I did have a moment of panic when I wasn’t sure where the memory card was for about one minute today.  It was right where it was supposed to be and photos are now copied to my desktop.  Backup will commence after this blog.   One more day of it tomorrow and then we begin teacher inservice all next week.