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26 Jul Journalism is addicting

[caption id="attachment_297" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Kate Parry, Minneapolis Star Tribune. Photo by Bradley Wilson"] [/caption] When Kate Parry of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune spoke at the opening of the ACP Summer Journalism Workshop at the University of Minneapolis, she spoke of the seduction of journalism and how addictive journalism is. I agree. But more importantly, Parry talked about how journalism...

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28 Jun Computers make life easier — ha

It was fun teaching advisers at Ball State University this past week. Teaching the fundamentals of InDesign and Photoshop provided real-life skills, everything from basic text formatting to making a PDF and indexing. We decided that it's best not to let the computers get the best of you when learning new stuff. Computers weren't designed to...

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21 Jun Good enough isn’t good enough

I had the privilege of teaching some excellent design students this past week at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I was impressed with their knowledge of the software. As each year goes by, I find myself teaching software less and less. That's good. I was also impressed with their work ethic. Sometimes, high...

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14 Jun Adviser

[caption id="attachment_271" align="alignleft" width="177" caption="The adviser is a coach. Artwork by Kevin Necessary."][/caption] Adviser — an educator who advises students in academic and personal matters. An expert in a particular field of knowledge. The adviser walks a fine line between leading the organization and giving the organization the strength to lead itself. The adviser is an...

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26 May And photographers worth platinum

I was looking over the Pulitzer-Prize winning photographers' work today. And it reminded me that a great photographer is worth his or her weight in platinum. (At $1,147/ounce, that's not chump change.) Seriously, good photos grab a viewer into the page or story both online or in print. I always tell designers and reporters, "If...

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25 May Good reporters worth weight in gold

Are books a thing of the past? Are newspapers dying? What about yearbooks? When blogging first started getting hot in the early years of the millennium people were dying to start blogging. The blog was the new journalism. Now, the power of the press didn't belong to he who owned a press, it belong to...

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