Posts Tagged ‘Journalism’

A Teachers Blog-Week 2

After two weeks together, the third year Journalism and Communications students, and I wrapped up our course at the National University of Rwanda.
I couldn’t be happier with the results.

The students came back with some surprisingly solid images given the fact this was the first experience shooting a photo essay, and using a camera for most of them.

On top of that using point and shoot cameras with 10 people to a camera provides it share of challenges, to say the least.

Here’s a look at some of the images they brought back from a great two weeks together. In three weeks I will start a new course in Kigali at the Great Lakes Media Center.

Students Pictures-National University of Rwanda – Images by 3rd Year Students

A teacher’s blog- Week 1

The first day wreaked of havoc from the beginning. I arrived into a tightly packed classroom of 71 students only to discover my fly was down. As I turned around to subtly pull it back up, I realized the zipper was broken. Great. Not only that, but the speakers, laptop, and everything I had prepared weren’t exactly going to work all to well in a brightly sun-lit classroom, with one plug.

Things turned around quickly though. We moved the class into a much larger room, found an extension cord, and started to project images and multimedia onto a white sheet. The rest of the week has been golden… sort of.

To give you a little background, I’m here in land of 1000 hills, otherwise known as Rwanda, teaching multimedia and online journalism. I’m currently at the National University of Rwanda in Butare, and following that, I’ll be at the Great Lakes Media Center in Kigali for three weeks.

I was brought here by Rwanda Initiative, a Canadian NGO that recruits teachers from all over, and brings them to Rwanda to teach.

So far, the biggest challenge has been supplies. I came with several cameras in tow, donated by the Toronto Star, but even combined with those, we have 7 working point and shoots for 71 journalism students… not exactly ideal.

At the University sits a box of old Nikon D1s that have been donated from media organizations all over the world …none of them are working.

So, we’re doing what we can. Groups of 10 are going out with one camera, and learning to build sequences, shooting wide, medium and tight, how to white balance, shoot environmental portraits, features, and photo essays. They’re
excited, and so am I. Each day, the pictures improve ten fold.

All in all, things have been great so far. The students are very attentive, and have learnt quickly to come to class on time after realizing I was serious about blocking the door with a desk at 8:35 each morning. Deadlines are deadlines:)

100 Best Blogs for Journalism Students

Definitely worth a peak for any student out there, keeping in mind, we’re all students.
100 Best Blogs for Journalism Students
Thanks to Richard Hernandez for pointing this list out.

The Great Debate

edgeoflifeI hate to bring this up, but at the same time I feel I have to.
Sonya N. Hebert of the Dallas Morning News has an incredibly powerful 5 part series on life and death in 21st century medicine.

But what about the music? Where do we stand on this? Does the music evoke emotion that isn’t already there?
This became a great debate at a recent course I was a part of, and in the end, no one really had an answer. Most agreed that music was okay in funny, feature pieces, but it wasn’t fair to use it to further tug at our heartstrings. Some felt it made them feel manipulated, like someone was trying to pull the wool over their eyes. Others felt it okay as we are constantly making these decisions with the way we shoot, our choice of light, composition, and even when we choose to click the shutter.

I’m wondering where people stand on this, and, if one day there may be a common set of guidelines pertaining to newspaper and multimedia storytelling.
Until then, we march to the beat of our own drum…

Photos of the Year

The annual MSNBC photos of the year.