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Switching to points for hybrid

Switching to points for hybrid

Okay, I know I am not the only one in struggle city right now. We’ve been hybrid for six weeks now. Spoiler alert. It isn’t easier. No, it’s not easier. I’ve gotten better at juggling and figuring out the new pace for the year. It 

News 5-week deadline cycle

News 5-week deadline cycle

This was originally intended to jumpstart the news website upon our return in January from winter break. I see myself modifying it though, with the help of my staff, to be a more permanent way to run our cycles. It’s basically a menu for students 

A field guide to photography

A field guide to photography

This is a quick post because this is a quick thing! I really wanted to have an easy, fast reference for students before and while they are shooting photos. There’s a lot to remember, even for me.

I hate when they forget something small that makes a huge difference. Things like looking for depth and repetition could mean finding an amazing shot. That’s why I first made the field guide.

It sat in the binders. Callie Williams said she laminated her copy and put one in each camera bag, and that is genius. Now they have them wherever they go.

I’ve attached it in jpeg and a pdf. Enjoy 🙂

Mini-deadline yearbook rubric

Mini-deadline yearbook rubric

The idea for this is that the staffer and the editor agree on the item requested and the completion day and time. These tasks are typically one-two days in length. Not only does that help me get in some needed formative grades, but there is accountability for students who aren’t doing things on time.

30 days of Instagram for student publications

30 days of Instagram for student publications

If you’re reading this, I assume you are here for the same reasons I began this project. I assume you want your social media to work for your publication, gaining exposure for your work and helping you with your marketing. There may be other reasons 

Stop taking bad photos. Stop. it.

Stop taking bad photos. Stop. it.

For context, this is when I show the Mad TV sketch video about a woman coming to see a therapist who keeps yelling at her to “stop it!” when she lists her issues.

It’s a funny video, and it is often in life I reflect on it. How often do we teach something, then walk away, just expecting the kid to stop it? These behaviors are ingrained in them. Often, they don’t understand the concept in the first place. What’s an adviser to do?

First, we have to be extremely clear about the expectations of the photos kids take. Second, we need to constantly hold them to those expectations. In this presentation, I break down a few of the biggies when it comes to performing better in your photography. You’ve just gotta stop the bad behaviors that are holding you back.

If you’re bored writing it, they are bored reading it.

If you’re bored writing it, they are bored reading it.

Alternative copy took the yearbook world over quickly, and there is no great surprise why. With professional publications creating content with variety and interest, scholastic journalism would, of course, follow in those steps. And now we have. Alternative copy for yearbook means you don’t always 

Another caption handout

Another caption handout

If it feels like I go handout crazy at the start of the year, it’s because I go handout crazy at the start of the year. You’re welcome. You’re going to need these and be thanking your stars you have them in the coming weeks. 

Photo Story Assignment

Photo Story Assignment

We’re going to be warming you up to photography as quickly as possible. Since all students on the staff take photos, I want to be sure that by the end of the first nine weeks, you’ve used the camera a handful of times. You gotta be comfortable.

So here is homework assignment #1 – create a photo story with three captions. We’ve been practicing how to create specific, important three-sentence captions in class. It’s time to try that out in the real world.

You can take these photos in a class, at an event, or even at a meeting. The important part is that you practice using photography to tell stories. That’s the heart of photojournalism, which you’re going to be doing a lot of in the next year.

Review the following handout, which I will also provide you in class. Projects are due Sept. 10, 2019.

Photography Introduction

Photography Introduction

We practiced this all during our boot camp the week before school starts, but you may have missed it. Or, gasp, forgotten it. So let’s review. First, this file is the original presentation we viewed to go over the basics of how the camera works