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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.