So I busted out an old Fuji a few days ago and threw in a roll of Ilford 50, it has been a while, I shot at 400 ISO and these scans are low quality, but it was just fun to shoot film again, it’s honestly been a couple of years . . .










Image of the Virgin of Guadalupe with prayer card, this project is nearly wrapped up.


Final Days of News21

So the days are winding down . . . videos being exported, writing being edited, codes being written and while I was nervous the whole summer that the work we did wouldn’t be what we expected, today I think it is even better. It’s a good start and I can say that everyone’s work, I mean everyone’s work is amazing and exceptional. It’s one thing to be given the financial opportunity to do work like this, but it is something else to see every single one of the journalists I worked with create pieces of work that make me alternately proud of our program and jealous because I wish I had thought of it. Below are some of the portraits we took to do our intro video and Christopher Cameron, a master of Motion put together an amazing video . . . bet you can’t wait to see it . . . just a few more days . . .


Chris Cameron, above, and Chrystall Kanyuck, below, worked on a project about Latinos in the military. You wouldn’t think it, but Latinos make up a large force in our country’s all-volunteer military and yet they receive little coverage.


Below are reporters Travis Grabow and Emily Graham that worked on stories relating to religion and Latinos in the United States. Many Latinos today in the United States find themselves raised as Catholics and living secular lives. Some find their way to the Mormon faith, to Protestant faiths, and some to Judaism.



In the area of education Jeremy Pennycook and Elizabeth Shell did a series of videos focusing on early elementary education, high school, and higher education. Their videos use a function that allows links and extra information run alongside the video.



Christine Rogel focused on e-verify, the controversy surrounding the program and the rewards and costs of utilizing the system in Arizona. Can’t wait to see what her stand up looks like on this one . . .



Evan Wyloge is doing a study of the 1986 Amnesty program and a theoretical look into what amnesty would mean today. Some of my family got their citizenship through the amnesty program in 1986, can’t wait to see his work on it.

Another interesting story comes in the form of Dave Kempa’s look into the personal side of immigration. Kempa went down south, I mean all the way to Campeche, Mexico, so you’ll have to look at his work when it’s all wrapped up.


As for my story it ended up being an amalgam of the Virgin of Guadalupe and examples of cultural spread through out the United States and some parts of the world. I can’t wait to show you more of it, I can’t believe we’re almost done.

Catching up


A picture of a high school journalism bootcamp. It was fun watching these kids as they talked about story ideas and media platforms. They have so much interest and passion, more than I think I may have ever had as a 15-16 year old, it’s good stuff to see.

I haven’t posted in a while because I have been on the move between the border and Phoenix, but I’m spending today and tomorrow catching up on work.


Another starting day


Just one that I like from a wedding I shot this weekend. We started News21 today as well, I feel a little overwhelmed with information and what I need to do, but excited as well. I’m trying to focus on the cultural side of la virgen de guadalupe . . . along with another thread from that story concerning the movement of culture crossing the border.

La Virgen at the basilica in DF:


Flyp Media . . . A new way to look at an old media

FLYPMEDIA was shared on the ASU News21 site. It is an amazing example of how we can use the traditional magazine media and translate it into today’s new media.

Here is the homepage:

And the story Big Trouble in the Big Easy, where you receive a soundslides introduction, followed by a regular print layout and followed by an interactive map:




See a job like this? Well yes I could totally see myself doing something like this.

Where is the future of journalism then?


Amy Webb with the Webb Media Group spoke to us about different technologies that have strong possibilities in the near future. I can’t cover them all here but I’ll talk about the ones that interested me the most. For example these new iphones So these new phones, the iphone, blackberry, and the new and less expensive Palm Pre are all equipped with GPS tracking unit and internal compasses. So lets say you take a picture of . . . well anything . . . you can post it online with an exact time, GPS location, and date. Isn’t that amazing!

Bluetooth Advertisements
this is exciting, remember the movie Minority Report? When Tom Cruise walks past the Gap an ad comes up saying his name and information, well imagine you walk by the Gap and it sends messages to your phone about the sales, perhaps all blue shirts on discounts.


Reverse Image Search
Lets use an example, say you find a photograph of someone, something truly interesting but you can’t identify it, well that is where Tin Eyecomes in. The reverse search engine allows you to upload a picture (like the ones above) and find a match. It’s still new, but the technology is very interesting. Combine this with Picassa that ‘recognizes’ a face after you have tagged it several times and you have a very interesting and very CREEPY technology. Imagine Picassa being able to identify you, your face, through software. I’m a big fan of Orwell’s book 1984 but this face recognition is just a little worrisome.


And last but not least:

Hyperpersonal Conent
No matter where you arnalyzing your location (using that GPS system) and analyzing your consumer habits to provide a slew of advertisement, interests, events and news to you immediately.

There was much more that I wish I could share, I will add some interesting websites below, but overall I can’t help but feel that these improved mobile devices are creating yet another barrier between the individual and the rest of their community.

Other Sites:
*NAVTEQ provides the maps your GPS system uses
*BOXEEallows you to create your own tv/video content and allows for live tv streaming, very interesting
*So ever want to know where everyone is when you arrive at downtown Phoenix for a Friday night? Well citysense uses that GPS feature to tell you where everyone is, what is nearby, how to get there, etc.
*LOOPTsee citysense, allows you to also upload photos, students from News21 participated in uploading GPS located photos from First Fridays event
*.TIN EYE reverse image search. Insert your image and it will ‘identify’ what you are looking at. This is being used in Picassa to identify faces in albums. Yeah only a little bit creepy right?

News21 Synergy conference




Right now I am sitting at the News21 Synergy conference preparing for the work to come this summer . . . Dan Gillmor pictured here is lecturing us on how we can use the web, links, participation to become better journalists. Conversation, or you know, talking to people but then he stressed listening . . . good point. Apparently journalists have trouble with that . . . I totally agree! At times I feel so exhausted at the barrage of online applications for journalists, constant tweeting, our ning site, emails, mashups, ahhh! Its good to start learning though . . .  🙂