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What are students really buying in an education?'s Robert Niles wonders: "Will journalism education make some of the same mistakes as the journalism industry? It's a reasonable question to ask because Internet publishing threatens to roil the education industry every bit as much as it disrupted the news publishing business.  Fortunately, I've heard from several journalism educators who are eager to get into distance learning, and to find ways to use the rise of the Internet to their schools' advantage, rather than wait for the Internet to change the marketplace so radically that their schools are forced to react. But moving lectures from a classroom to the Internet is simply a medium change. Like newspapers starting websites, that won't be nearly enough for institutions of higher learning to prosper in the Internet age."

MediaStorm's 2012 Workshop Dates Announced

MediaStorm is now offering a series of workshops in 2012 involving video and multimedia storytelling.  One day multimedia storytelling workshops in Brooklyn, NY. provide an overview of multimedia storytelling approaches while engaging participants in discussion about the most appropriate ways to create a multimedia story. Through real world examples, Brian Storm will share tips and techniques to improve reporting, editing and distributing multimedia projects. This workshop is designed for anyone interested in multimedia storytelling, no experience is necessary.

LIN Announces Minority Scholarship Program for Aspiring Video Journalists

ImageLIN Media is accepting applications for its Minority Scholarship and Training Program and will award one broadcast television scholarship/ internship and one digital media scholarship/internship at the NAB Show in April.  LIN Media has been awarding two-year scholarships to ambitious students interested in a wide spectrum of fields in or relating to broadcast television since 1998. LIN says the scholarships are "an integral part of the Company's strategy to strengthen its talent base and deepen connections within its local communities by building on the cultural diversity of its workforce."

Alliance for Women in Media & Verizon Launch Student Competition on Internet Safety

Winning Student Will Receive $2,500 to Create a Short Video on Internet Safety
ImageThe Alliance for Women in Media (AWM) Foundation and Verizon announced today a student contest that will focus on a critical topic in today’s society: Internet safety for teens.  This competition will challenge students to create a 60-second video examining Internet safety. ..."This contest with AWM is aimed to engage students and empower them to educate their peers on healthy, responsible use of the Internet in a language other youths understand."

The 2012 PLATYPUS Workshops

ImageThis will be our 12th year of producing these award-winning workshops which teach HD video storytelling and editing – the skills that are now essential in developing into a fully rounded photojournalist.  Run by award-winning photographer Dirck Halstead.

FLORENCE, ITALY: March 17-25; at the Florence University of the Arts – Contact: David Weiss at

SAN MARCOS, TEXAS: May 19-27; at Texas State University – Contact: David Nolan at 

ROCKPORT, MAINE: October 14-20; at the Maine Media Workshops – Contact: Kerry L. Curren at

All American Games and NewTek Announce the 2012 All-American Video Crew

ImageAll American Games, producer of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, and NewTek, a maker of video and 3D animation products, have announced the winners of their 2012 All-American Video Crew competition which sought out the best high school video production students in the country.  The four students selected will be part of the All-American Video Crew at the 2012 U.S. Army All-American Bowl events during bowl week in San Antonio, January 3-8, 2012.  The video crew will be operating the same technology currently in use by MTV, NBA Development League and the New York Giants―the NewTek TriCaster portable live production system, and 3PLAY instant replay system.

Study Will Try to Discover Keys to More Effective Online News

ImageThe Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute (RJI) and the Missouri School of Journalism will partner with HCD Research to conduct a national study among 18-70 year-olds to determine their media use and reactions to how news sites are structured and navigated.   The study is under the direction of Reynolds Fellow, Paul Bolls, an associate professor of strategic communication and co-director of the PRIME (Psychological Research on Information and Media Effects) Lab in the Missouri School of Journalism.

Arizona State University Opens New Chyron Media Center

ImageArizona State University (ASU), in Phoenix, is home to the award-winning Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. The program continues to produce some of the nation's most promising news professionals, working across a wide spectrum of disciplines.   As part of this stored program, the school maintains a TV production department that is responsible for such noteworthy programs as its nightly "NewsWatch" newscast (in English and Spanish), a sports show (that airs on Fox Sports Arizona) and the News Service, a wire feed of news coming out of the state of Arizona that's produced daily by students. 

Anton/Bauer Awards Scholarships for Maine Workshops

Anton/Bauer, a maker of batteries and charger systems, recently awarded scholarships for two students to attend one of Maine Media's Film and Video Workshops.  As a long-time sponsor and educational partner of Maine Media Workshops (MMW), Anton/Bauer awarded scholarships to Alyce Ornella and Elizabeth Casinelli, covering the tuition for each student as they attend a one-week digital video production workshop in 2011.

Meet Dan Oshinsky: Reynolds Fellow to chronicle his entrepreneurial startup in journalism

ImageAs a freshman at the University of Missouri, Dan Oshinsky traveled to New Orleans to help Hurricane Katrina victims rebuild their damaged houses. "I was just shocked at how much damage happened," he says.   "They were not getting the coverage they deserved." So he decided to become a one-man newsroom and return to the Katrina story.