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Mars Colonization Program Now Accepting Applications

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marsone2 The new Mars One program, run by the Dutch company of the same name, is accapting applications for a one-way trip to the red planet. The company has already received over 20,000 applications, and tickets won’t even become available until 2023.

The applicants don’t need any previous astronaut or sciences training, but will be picked to live on Mars based on their cooperation, flexibility, and their ability to deal with challenges. The 24 candidates that actually get to go will also be put on a reality television show where they will be voted on globally as to who deserves to go. The company plans to fund the mission with funds from the show.

I feel like the space age future that has been imagined in so many science-fiction creations is just around the corner, and the development of this project will be very interesting to see. I also see in this project a great opportunity for media coverage and I’m especially interested to see any photographs that are a result of this program. Check out their website for more information on the program, to watch applicant’s video submissions, or even to apply yourself.

Written by jessicaeking

May 1, 2013 at 5:51 am

New Survey Results Provide Insight on Muslim Ideals

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Researchers at the PEW Research Center have recently completed a survey that reports on the thoughts of an often under-reresented group, those who belong to the Islam religion. This article that I found on The Economist‘s website summarizes the important results, but you can see the complete results of the poll here.

This poll and its results are important because of the variety of questions (the topics range from the separation of mosque and state to the fate of nonbelievers). The article itself is significant because it shows that there is a demand to know what minorities think and believe about the government in their country and how it should be run. It is also worded compellingly enough to make me want to read it in its entirety, even though it seems like a less than intriguing topic. Overall, I feel like this is a good example of how to report on subjects and make it interesting.

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May 1, 2013 at 5:32 am

The Annual Tully Ice Harvest Festival

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Here’s the video I put together from footage and an interview provided to us from the annual Tully, N.Y. Ice Harvest Festival in February of 2009. The harvest itself is visually compelling and the process that is explained in the video by volunteer Gordon Howard is very detailed. It is very interesting to see how people kept their goods cold in the time before electricity and refrigeration.

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May 1, 2013 at 4:33 am

“Gentle Giants”: Paolo Patrizi Goes Behind the Scenes with Sumo Wrestlers

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I found this fascinating photo essay by Paolo Patrizi today while I was browsing the internet. Patrizi used photography to tell the story of the daily lives of sumo wrestlers in Japan, and does a great job with photos like this one.

Chef Tagonishiki prepares lunch at Takasago beya. I found the subject matter extremely interesting, the photos are of excellent quality, and the storytelling has a very clear narrative. The rest of the photos can be found here, and its definitely worth it to take a look at the whole story.

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April 18, 2013 at 2:59 am

An Argument Defending Publishing Graphic Photographs

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While reading all the updates on the Boston Marathon Bombing, I ran across a story that truly resonated with me. This article by Jason Farago on the New Republic website articulates the best argument I have heard explaining why graphic photos need to be published. Farago centered the article around this pervasive photo of a severely injured bystander that lost both of his legs as a result of the bombings:516d8e417f320.image

The photo, which was taken by Associated Press photographer  Charles Krupa, shows  Jeff Bauman being rushed to a waiting ambulance after being injured by the bombs. This photo made Bauman’s father, also Jeff Bauman, aware that his son had been badly injured, after Bauman tried to contact his son unsuccessfully. It is only one example of how photos can positively impact the world. The man in the cowboy hat,  Carlos Arredondo, was at the race handing out flags as a memorial for his son, who died in Iraq in 2004. Because of this photo, he can be recognized for his heroic act of picking Bauman up off the street and getting him help.

In the article, Farago explains the ethical decision making behind the publishing of graphic images such as this one. He articulates the point of view of photojournalists the world over, and I really appreciate it. His argument is what pops into my head every time I hear someone say that a photo shouldn’t have been published. It clearly and intelligently narrates what a photojournalist thinks when they press that shutter button.   The article itself is a very compelling and passionate piece of work, and I highly recommend you click through and read the author’s work.

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April 17, 2013 at 6:44 pm

The Southern Pines Animal Shelter Pet Photography Project (Video Assignment)

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Southern Pines Animal Shelter has started a volunteer group called the Pet Photography Project to help promote adoptable animals at the shelter.I talk to founding member and coordinator Rachael Fairchild in my video. Photos are posted daily on their Facebook page.

Mississippi Science Olympiad Audio Slideshow Assignment

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The 2013 Mississippi Science Olympiad was held on campus at The University of Southern Mississippi on Friday, March 22, 2013. This is the audio slideshow I put together for our class assignment about the Olympiad.

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April 2, 2013 at 9:47 pm