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Film School Students Aplenty, but What About Jobs?

LOS ANGELES — One after another, touring groups of prospective students and their parents stopped late last month to pose for pictures around a bronze Douglas Fairbanks, who wields his sword in a courtyard fountain here at the University of Southern California's School of Cinematic Arts.

Stations Welcoming Media-Savvy Graduates

Not even a month after graduating in with a degree in broadcast journalism from Hofstra University on Long Island, Maria Betzios had not one but two jobs to choose from in her native New York.

The job she chose — a part-time traffic reporting gig for a local cable news channel — puts her career right on track in the right place, she says.

MediaStorm Multimedia Workshop

MediaStorm in New York City will hold another Multimedia Workshop on November 12-18, 2011. The application deadline is Friday, September 16, 2011.

The MediaStorm Multimedia Workshops in New York City are intensive, hands-on educational experiences in advanced multimedia storytelling.

Over the course of a week, participants work in three-person teams, reporting and editing in collaboration with a seasoned multimedia professional to produce a multimedia project for distribution across multiple platforms.

The Grrls Who Said "NO" to Comcast

When Seattle's Reel Grrls – an award-winning program that teaches teenage girls to make their own media – criticized Comcast on Twitter for its hiring of FCC Commissioner Meredith Attwell Baker, Comcast came after them. 

A Comcast vice president immediately fired off an e-mail saying the company was cutting off $18,000 in funding it had pledged for a summer camp teaching filmmaking, editing and screenwriting. Without those funds, the Reel Grrls camp wouldn't happen.

Sony Teams with Maine Media Workshops for New Cameras

(Photos: Doug Jensen (top) and Francis Kenny)
Maine Media Workshops is joining forces with Sony Electronics to give students and working professionals a chance to get their hands on the next generation of digital production technology. Starting this summer, workshops are available based on Sony's new handheld Super 35mm PMW-F3 and NEX-FS100U camcorders and XDCAM EX camcorders.

Courses cover a range of topics, from nature and wildlife documentary to advanced digital cinematography to feature film lighting. A full schedule, with information on how to register, is available at

Future Media Concepts Hosts Apple Bootcamp in Orlando

Future Media Concepts, an authorized digital media training center, will host an "iTraining Bootcamp," consisting of a variety of Apple-authorized courses and exams, on May 17-24 in Orlando. This all-things-Apple event includes not only classes but travel, hotel, meals, and social opportunities in a single cost-effective package.

Designated an elite, Gold Level training center by Apple, Future Media Concepts offers 13 courses at iTraining Bootcamp, including Mac OS X, Apple Pro Apps, Apple Server, Xsan, iOS Apps Development, Final Cut Pro, iLife, and iWork. All courses are intended to lead to Apple certification, which helps professionals distinguish themselves and their organizations in today's competitive marketplace.

RTDNA Chairman Asks "How Close to the Standoff is Too Close for the Journalist’s Safety?"

ImageMark Kraham, RTDNA chairman and the news director of WHAG in Hagerstown, MD, has written an open letter addressing the dangers that journalists have encountered in the past several weeks, both domestically and in places like Egypt and Bahrain.

He condemns the censorship that is present in countries such as Libya and Yemen and, mentioning the troubling attack on CBS's Lara Logan, champions the perseverance and resolve that journalists have exhibited while covering breaking news in Egypt and elsewhere.

Free P2 Manual For Video Journalist Schools!

ImageIf you're using Panasonic's P2 solid-state production equipment to teach students, we have a unique offer just for you!

Panasonic, in conjunction with AMGMedia Publishers, is offering five copies of the Goodman's Guide to the Panasonic P2 System, written by noted cinematographer Robert Goodman, a $750 value, to any college or university currently using Panasonic equipment to teach students, for just the cost of shipping and handling. 

SPJ Offers Program For Early-Career Journalists

Since 2007, the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) has held the Reporters Institute program to benefit early-career journalists. Funded by the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation, the Reporters Institute brings 36 reporters together for three days of training, networking and camaraderie. Those in the first one to three years of their career are invited to apply for the June 12-15, 2011 or July 10-13, 2011 programs.

How The Miami Herald Cultivates Loyal Audience For Video

Not long ago, some news organizations were beginning to give up on online video. It required significant resources, and it wasn't generating as much revenue or traffic as they had hoped. News organizations that have stuck with it, though, have found that video provides them with a way to advance what they're already doing well, increase time on site, and engage users in ways that traditional narratives can't.