Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Time for a relaunch

This blog has been inactive for the better part of two years, but it's time to refocus and redevelop this into a solid resource for those with a passion for journalism, and particularly those with a passion for grammar and AP Style.
Pretty much everything I am involved with will be posted here, but I promise all of it will be relevant to mass media and college student media going forward. Keep an eye out for the posts and updates!

Monday, December 1, 2014

Well, I don't post often these days...

Life has been busy. And frankly, Twitter and Facebook more responsive to my rants. But just in case your head has been under a rock, check out my newest blog:

http://www.fireraywatts.com

Save UAB Football. #FreeUAB

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Even more on the Sun-Times debacle

Jack Lail, a journalist I respect, has written a short missive on his blog about this debacle. I encourage you to read it:

Does the audience even need journalists -- or photojournalists?

He makes an obvious statement that I think can't be repeated enough: "There's a vast difference between between a profesisonal photojournalist and someone who takes pictures."

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Sun-Times Follow Up

I'm recording an episode of the podcast Polarizing Images discussing this topic as I type this. However, I had to share this memo from the Sun-Times Managing Editor sent to the staff shortly after the Thursday layoffs:

MEMO TO SUN-TIMES EDITORIAL STAFF FROM MANAGING EDITOR CRAIG NEWMAN

From: Newman, Craig
Date: Thu, May 30, 2013 at 3:33 PM
Subject: photo and training for editorial employees

All, thank you for your patience and understanding after today's announcement.

In the coming days and weeks, we'll be working with all editorial employees to train and outfit you as much as possible to produce the content we need.

These sessions will be mandatory and will concentrate on several areas:

• iPhone photography basics
• Video and basic editing
• Transmission and social media

And other sessions as needed or requested. We will start training this Friday with two sessions - 11 a.m and 4 p.m. - concentrating on iPhone basics in the 9 West conference room. This blog post [URL and password deleted] will offer some tips and techniques to be covered. The blog itself will become a standing resource for documentation and discussion points.

We will focus on downtown employees for this first session, but will set up similar sessions next Friday for suburban employees - details TBA.

In the meantime, I welcome any questions on training and technique. Suggestions on topics, in particular, are definitely worthwhile. 

Thanks for your time.

-Craig
I am speechless. Here's an expanded story from The Verge.