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February 22 2010


The dangers of Winter cabin fever

Death of a SnowMan by Wiskeyboytx

Winter is a dangerous time for me. I tend to get cabin fever just about the time that many conference and workshop organizers start planning their spring and summer lineups, then I start over-committing myself to a lot of interesting opportunities. It’s definitely an adventure, but makes you squeeze every 24 hour out of every day. This year is no different so far.

I’ll be at Poynter the second week of March teaching at the Essential Skills for Digital Journalists workshop , as well as leading a session for the Leading the New Newsroom: Digital Skills and Strategies for Today’s Managers

Immediately after that I’m heading back to Austin again for South by Southwest Interactive, where I’ll be moderating a panel on “Process Journalism: Getting it first while getting it right” SXSWi is always a blast, there’s a bunch of other cool panels and this one should be an interesting discussion, with the following panelists:

After that I’ll be wrapped up in work on our new CMS transition and mobile development projects at the day gig until late April, when St. Louis will be hosting the Illinois Press Photographer Association convention and contest judging.

May will bring the 4th Annual National Press Photographer Association Multimedia Immersion, which I’m co-organizing again. This year we’ll be in Syracuse, New York at Newhouse and focusing more on the use of HD SLR cameras for creating multimedia, which should be a really exciting change.

Then in June, I’m teaching multimedia distribution strategies at the Maine Media Workshops, which should be really interesting. I’ve never done these before so it’ll be a definite adventure and Maine in the early summer will be beautiful.

So if posting around here gets light over the next couple months, that’s what I’ll be up to. If you happen to be near or attending any of these events, please don’t hesitate to make contact and we can grab a beer or something.

Thanks for reading and keep up the good fight.

November 14 2009


Truth With a Camera Workshops open for registration

A photo from the Truth with a Camera Workshop last year in Guadalajara by Andrea Diaz, a Mexican Photojournalism student

Multimedia Super Hero, Western Kentucky University Professor, Fulbright Scholar and Multimedia Immersion Teacher, Josh Meltzer, sends word about one of his projects coming up in January, the Truth With a Camera Workshops in Quito, Ecuador. If you’re interested in photojournalism and social justice, definitely check out this great opportunity, registration is open now and filling quickly:

Truth With A Camera workshops is pleased to announce and open registration for the next workshop which will take place in Quito, Ecuador from January 9-17, 2010. Registration is now open, and typically the workshops have filled up fast.

Our mission is to educate photojournalists, not only in current technologies, but in understanding cultural differences and similarities and to contribute to truth, ethics, and social justice.

Our goal is to reflect honesty, sensitivity, and intelligence in photojournalism, and to use these as tools to inspire, educate, and promote change in the world around us.

Through the workshops, photojournalists will experience international location coverage and develop an understanding of their social responsibility to provide a voice to all members of society while stressing truth and ethics in an effort to bring about social change.

With a population of 2 million people, the capital of Ecuador is one of the most modern in the country, although the presence of social inequality and the urban poor remain powerful reminders that thousands of people live below the line of extreme poverty.

This will not be a vacation. During this intensive week, you will work with Ecuadorian students from some of the best universities from across the country. At the end of each day, you will edit your images with some of the leaders in the field of documentary photography from the U.S. and Ecuador. Your work will be shared with our partnering NGOs, which gives you the opportunity for your work to stand as a witness and defense of the lives of your subjects. It is an opportunity to strengthen your skills while donating your work to an NGO at the same time.


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