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Tully Ice Harvest Festival

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The annual Ice Harvest Festival takes place in Tully, New York, which is around an hour south of Syracuse. The video is from the Festival in Feb. 2009. Gordon Howard is an volunteer. He is the person talking about ice harvesting in the video.
Howard explains the process of how ice is harvest and how it is stored. Howard also explains how to clear the snow, cut it into 18-inch square blocks and transporting the ice to the ice house.


Written by Anthony P

May 1, 2013 at 3:55 pm

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.

Written by jessicaeking

May 1, 2013 at 5:32 am

Former Southern Miss Player Drafted

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Jamie Collins was pick 20th in the 2nd round of the NFL draft by the New England Patriots. Collins , a native of McCall Creek, MS, started his freshman season at Southern Miss as a safety. The Patriots will begin their season Sept. 8 when they play  the Buffalo Bills.

Written by Anthony P

April 27, 2013 at 8:57 pm

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Jackson Officer Killed inside Police Department

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A shooting at the Jackson Police Department Head Quarters leaves homicide detective Eric Smith  and the suspect dead. Smith, who has been with the department since 1995, was murdered inside an interview room late Thursday afternoon after questioning the 23-year old murder suspect Jeremy Powell inside. Police said in a news release that Powell was in the process of being arrested in the Monday killing of 20-year-old Christopher Alexander. The victim and the suspect got into a heated argument and the suspect overpowered Smith grab his gun and shot him. Around 20 minutes later the victim was shot by another officer. The shooting happened around 5:40 p.m. central. Smith leaves behind a wife and 2 children.

Written by Anthony P

April 5, 2013 at 1:34 pm

Multimedia Storytelling #3 My Family:)

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In my Multimedia Storytelling class, or next assignment was to take photographs by using the rule of third, which we learned in class. This was a very fun assignment and I enjoyed taking all of my pictures.


This first picture is a picture of my mom when we were in Alabama. We had a lot of fun that day. The rule of third used here was a medium shot. As you can see, my mom’s body is in the first vertical grid of the rule of third.


The following picture is a picture of my baby=) He was actually trying to get a treat from my mom. Since this picture was taken, he always tries to eat our table food. This is an example of an extreme close up. My dog’s head touches all four of the grid lines.


This last picture is a picture I took of the sunset when my family and I went to Dauphin Island, Alabama. It was very cold that day, especially on the beach. =O The sun is on the vertical line of the rule of third.This is also an example of a medium shot.

Written by Keionda Hearts Books

March 20, 2013 at 1:00 am

Rules for Photographers to Remember

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ImageWhen taking photos, you can have a wide, mid, or close up shot.  This is a mid shot.  You can see most of the subject’s body but there is more detail shown than if it was a wide shot.  This picture was also shot at eye level which is generally the angle at which you want to take a picture.  I took this picture of a Maasai boy while in Kenya.  This was taken during a goat roast in a small community during the summer of 2011.

ImageThis picture follows the rule of thirds.  To follow the rule of thirds you divide a photo into 9 boxes and place the center of interest of the picture where the lines meet.  These are called golden points. It is also a close-up shot of my friend Bailey.  A close-up shot means that a certain point of the subject takes up the whole frame.  It is not a picture of her whole body, but just of her face.  This picture has a shorter depth of field, meaning that the background is not in focus, just the main subject of the picture.  This picture was also shot at eye level.  I took this picture of my friend Bailey last summer.


This photo is a wide shot of slums around Lima, Peru.  It follows the diagonal rule which says that a photograph looks more dynamic if the objects fall or follow a diagonal line.  In this picture your eyes follow the diagonal lines of the dirt roads across the photograph.  This picture also has a wide depth of field meaning that most of the photo is in focus.  I took this picture while on a trip to Lima, Peru during spring break 2010.  We spent a couple days walking around the slums, talking to people, and playing with children.  Seeing the way these people lived made me appreciate the life that I have been blessed with.

Written by stephaniependergrass

March 19, 2013 at 6:46 pm

Photographing moments of grief

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This article on NPR’s photo blog is not a multimedia story, but instead a piece about photographing people in moments of grief.  This ethical issue is one that journalists everywhere seem to face, but this is especially true for photographers.

The woman involved, Marie, was captured praying after the Newtown shootings.  She says, however, that she was not asked to be photographed and the experience made her feel like a “zoo animal.”

Of course, the photographer says he did what he thought to be least intrusive. Letting Marie grieve without interruption, taking her picture only to do what journalists do…tell a story.

I guess the point of this is that there is no “right” way to handle these sorts of situations. Journalists want to capture these moments of raw, human emotion and communicate such emotions to the world. The goal is to always be respectful, but how to obtain this will, more often times than not, be situational.

Written by dustymercier

March 18, 2013 at 1:45 pm

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