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Timber & Frame Video Production Q&A: Ben Severance

Ben Severance is a recent graduate of the Western Kentucky University photojournalism program. As the founder of Timber & Frame, an award winning production company, Ben has worked with humanitarian organizations from Sarajevo to Kingston to Alabama. His work has been recognized by the Associated Collegiate Press and William Randolph Hearst Journalism Awards. Originally from...
Designing a Better Portfolio Website: Part 3

Designing a Better Portfolio Website: Part 3

There’s no law against bad design. Good thing, because many popular websites are terrible. For media outlets, the challenge of presenting reams of rotating content often produces visually unfriendly pages. The New York Times may practice great journalism, but according to Andy Rutledge, the website “presents a rather typical example of terribly-designed news.“ It doesn’t take Nancy Drew to...
Designing a Better Portfolio Website: Part 2

Designing a Better Portfolio Website: Part 2

You’ve read Part 1 of this series. You understand your potential audience, you’ve edited your photos with clear navigation in mind and you’ve professionalized yourself on social media. You’re feeling inspired and productive. You sit down at your computer, ready to put your work online. And…uh-oh. Suddenly, building a website feels as daunting as hand...
Designing a Better Portfolio Website: Part 1

Designing a Better Portfolio Website: Part 1

A photojournalist needs a website. Having a portfolio website in 2011 is as pro forma as getting your pictures in focus. Editors use portfolio websites to find freelancers, gauge job and internship applicants and follow the progress of photographers they know. Potential subjects use websites to see if you’ll present them fairly. Yet for some...
Fantastic Multimedia from Mountain Workshops 2011

Fantastic Multimedia from Mountain Workshops 2011

This year, students at the 37th annual Mountain Workshops chronicled the lives of people in Somerset, Kentucky. Here are four intimate stories from multimedia participants Maya Sugarman, Andrea Wise, Catherine Spangler and Mimi Schiffman. Maya Sugarman is a staff photographer for the Antelope Valley Press in Palmdale, Calif., and a photo/multimedia journalist based in Southern...

Powering a Nation launches new material

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill launched a new edition of Power a Nation.  This update features oil spill coverage in Venice, La.

Internship Perspective: NPR

May-Ying Lam is a 2009 graduate of the University of Texas at Austin. Lam recently completed a multimedia internship with National Public Radio. For more information on this and other NPR internships, see the bottom of this post. Jose Briceno, of Boston, was one of thousands from around the country who descended on Washington, D.C....

Soul of Athens is live

Soul of Athens, a multimedia storytelling project by the School of Visual Communication at Ohio University, is now live.  Go here to view Soul of Athens.

Evolving In The Industry: Steven King

Steven King is the Editor of Innovations and Special Projects at washingtonpost.com. King, a graduate of the photojournalism program at Western Kentucky University, was Multimedia Editor of Content Development at washingtonpost.com. King spent two years in Chiang Mai, Thailand as an overseas correspondent for the International Missions Board. He also helped create CommissionStories.com, a multimedia...

Powering A Nation: UNC at Chapel Hill

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill won gold in the Large Group Multimedia Project in the College Photographer of the Year Competition.  The project, called Powering A Nation, is a News21 project. UNC also won silver, bronze and the award of excellence in the same category.  Ashley Zammitt and Sara Peach were both...