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From Bradley

10 Aug Local news is where it’s at

"We still think community newspapers have an audience and it's not going away," Richard Connor, publisher of The Times Leader in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., said. "There will always be an audience for local news." Amen. It's this thinking that will keep newspapers alive for a long time to come. The regional newspapers such as the Boston Globe, the Raleigh...

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27 Jul Having fun

My photojournalism class at Virginia Tech had a great time. And the students took some really quality images. Perhaps the most fun is working with people like Matt Johnson formerly of Oakton High School in Virginia and soon to be a freshman at Wake Forest. Great talent. Fun personality. It makes all the hassles with...

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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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20 May Getting scooped

DEBBIE AYLESWORTH — In the newspaper business, no one wants to get “scooped.” That is the process in which one newspaper beats another in the same market with breaking news. Scooped is often the “one up-manship” of the newspaper business....

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20 May What is news

I helped to write a textbook on journalism a while back. "Journalism Today." On page 79, we said, "Once a journalist is trained and experience, news judgment becomes a matter of instinct, of course. Professional journalists make judgments without reference to techniques beginners often rely on." But for beginners, there was the "Who cares?" technique...

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