Owens Community College sent our entire visual storytelling class to Atlanta, Georgia for four days to attend this amazing conference. Professionals and students from far and wide came together to share their knowledge and experience in the photojournalism world. I was very impressed with how well this convention was put together and how many different topics being discussed.
Do Your Own Serial: The Case of AJC’s “Breakdown”: Bert Roughton and Richard Halicks Atlanta Journal Constitution
Burt and Richard shared with us their experiences with transitioning their news presentations to also include pod casting. They chose to report on Adnan Masud Syed murder conviction in 2000. The series covering this story was fourteen episodes in length and brought enough attention to the injustice that the courts reopened the case.
What Makes a Good Student Podcast?: Chris Thomas Lyons Township High School (WLTL Radio) and Tyler Moody CNN Newssource
Chris and Tyler shared how to put together a new podcast and how to get it to the masses. Some of the tools they shared included finding the right topics, making sure that the background is not full of static and how to share your stories with the world.
Should I Take It and Should We Run It?: The Ethics of Photojournalism: Bill Roa: Perimeter College (Georgia State University)
Bill spoke about the ethics of photojournalism and some of the emotional dilemmas of being a photojournalist. There are some situations that needs finesse while the camera is out. He suggested that the photographer should consider the audience as well as the subject of interest before publishing a graphic shot.
What Goes Where in the Frame?: A Lesson on Photo Composition: Michael Schwarz: Freelance photographer and videographer
Composition is key to making or breaking a photo. With that in mind Michael showed us how to properly compose an image with a tight shot.
Chicken Salad 1: Suck Much Less Much Faster: Michael Koretzky: SPJ National Board
Michael taught us about what it is like to be an editor under pressure and how to pull it all off in limited time. He showed us, using real student newspapers, how to keep the brilliance without over thinking.
Editor-in-Grief 3: Fear and Chaos: Michael Koretzky: SPF National Board
During the seminar he shared his experience of what it was like dealing with issues he experienced as a college instructor. There was a situation where one of the stories that was published in the school newspaper that contradicted what the school wanted the public to know. The entire story was fascinating and really focused on not backing down when there is a story that needs to be told.
Make Your Social Media Page Stand Out in Crowded Field: Will Goodman: “Rockets Are Cool”
These days practically everyone is on one form of social media or another, this seminar taught how to maximize effectiveness when competing against so many others. We learned why it is important to separate your private life from your personal life while using social media as a tool.
I’m Sorry, Is MY Personality Getting in the Way: Adrianne Harris: Roger Williams University
Personalities come in all shapes and sizes, Adrianne explained each of the four main personality types, what their strengths and weaknesses are, how they communicate with others and how they may be perceived by other personalities. Learning about how to interact with different personalities is something that is very important in both your personal and professional life.
It’s a Dark World, Light It Up: Mark Johnson: University of Georgia
Lighting conditions effect every photograph taken, Mark discussed how to trouble shoot some of the worst lighting conditions. He showed examples of the difference an external flash can make in these tricky situations.
Score Your First Job. Then Learn How to Do It.: Chris Baxter: NJ Advance Media
We learned skills on how to present ourselves to potential employers, land our first reporting job and how to be viewed as the right choice to our colleagues. Chris explained how online work profiles are necessary and making sure that what you want your future employer to see is what is showing up on Google searches.
Finding Your Niche: How to Make Your Blog Stand Out: Catherine Lee: Asiancajuns.com, Gavin Godfrey: CNN
Standing out in a sea of blogs it is imperative that you find a way to make it your own. They discussed some ideas on how to make small changes that will gain big attention to what you have to say.
Get Out of That Bubble: Picking Up Internships and Study Programs (Even in the Middle of Nowhere): Terry Mattingly: The King’s College (NYC)
College educations are very important, but first hand experience is what is most important out in the real world. Terry explained how to find portfolio building internships, even if you live in a small community, like myself. Having credible experience is key to getting recognized in such a limited opportunity field, such as this.
DOUBLE SESSION: Premiere: an Advanced Tutorial: Gregg Stickels: CNN
Adobe Premiere is becoming an industry standard with photo editing tools. We learned some of the tricks and shortcuts to the program and Gregg explained how he personally prefers it to other programs on the market.
Keynote Speakers: Tom Luse: The Walking Dead Randy Havens: Stranger Things and Catch Fire, Scott Tigchelaar: Riverwood Studios, Inc.
They spoke about how film industry grew in Georgia and how important being in the right place at the right time can make all the difference. I am not personally a Walking Dead fan, but it was intriguing to learn how they pulled it off.
During the conference I met many wonderful people and picked up many great tips to try. I am very grateful that I had the opportunity to go and would like to attend more conferences in the future.