Multimedia StoryTelling

By the students of MCJ300 at The University of Southern Mississippi

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This photograph captures the struggle a mother raising a daughter with Cerebral Palsy who cannot take care of herself goes through every day. This photograph is heart-wrenching. It is hard to imagine what it would be like as a photojournalist to be in the room capturing this. This photograph is a perfect example of how good photojournalists have to have a certain amount of dedication and passion to the subject they are reporting on. In this situation, the mother gave the photographer full access to her and her daughter’s lives because of the time he spent with the family. I think that this is what separates good photojournalists from  outstanding photojournalists who are able to capture the most intense emotions in their photographs. Compassion is feeling that every single person can relate to. A little of it can go a long way. This photograph was taken by Cameron Knight. More of his work can be found here.


Written by Shanning Celeste Newell

April 9, 2013 at 1:58 am

2013 Mississippi Science Olympiad

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On Friday, March 22, 2013 I had the chance to cover the Mississippi Science Olympiad at the University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg campus. This audio slide show is the result of my coverage.

I went to several events and took pictures at each, and interviewed Sheila Hendry, the director of the event, to get a sense of what some of the events are all about.

I had a lot of fun covering this event. I got to see first hand what went in to each of the science experiments and capture junior high and high school students at work through my photography.

It was a great experience for me as a budding journalist.

Multimedia- Photography

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“Gaines Ray Newell, a 67-year-old retiree from Richton, Miss., hangs plastic grocery bags on the fence surrounding his pea patch in attempt to scare deer away from eating his crop”

The first photograph I took illustrates the rule of thirds. My grandfather is standing along one of the vertical lines, and his head is hitting the upper-right “golden point.”


“Three tomatoes are plucked from the garden prematurely for a traditional country favorite- fried green tomatoes”

This next photograph illustrates taking the advantage of the repetition of lines in a scene. It also plays with shapes- circles and rectangles.


“A rambunctious puppy takes a split second out of his outdoor playtime to satisfy his curiosity”

The last photograph illustrates an extreme close up shot. It also plays with depth of field.

Written by Shanning Celeste Newell

March 20, 2013 at 4:48 pm

Photography assignment

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This first picture of an abandoned building in downtown Hattiesburg, Miss. illustrates the concepts of balance and repetition in photography. The windows’ shape and colors are repeated and displayed symmetrically across the building, and parallel lines on the top and bottom add to the geometrical aspect of the whole.


This second picture of the same building shows a good example of framing and depth: The wall on the foreground has a frame that opens on a second level and wall, deeper in the background. The side walls give an idea of the building’s depth.


This last picture illustrates the concepts of repetition and contrast: the patterns of the floor and the shoe are repeated, and the geometry of these patterns, as well as the colors clash and form contrast between the subject and the background.

Written by Noé Cugny

March 20, 2013 at 3:34 pm

Photography Assignment

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This photo demonstrates the rule of thirds. The stop sign is in the far right corner of the picture while the road takes up the majority of the rest of the picture. I was passing through Lumberton on my way to the coast with some friends when we came across this road and its peculiar name. I thought it was interesting so we stopped and took pictures of it.


This demonstrates depth of field. The flower is the main focus, and the background is blurred to bring the viewer’s attention straight to it. The picture has a small depth of field. Every year these flowers pop up around my house, and they’re my favorite. It had just rained the night before I took this and you can see that the petals are kind of shriveled and wilted.

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This photo demonstrates perspective. From this point of view, it appears the saguaro cactus is very tall. The way I took this photo shows how it appeared to me when I was standing by it. I took this on my recent trip to Arizona when I visited the Saguaro National Park in Tucson. It was a clear day and the lighting was perfect for this photo.

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

Photo Assignment: Spring Is Here!

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Almost like a switch, it went from being cold and blustery to warm and sunny once Spring Break came around. The weather is warming up finally, and it shows all around.

The first picture is one of local stores stocking up their allergy medicines. Spring does have its downsides, such as runny noses and watery eyes. No need to worry. The stores are making sure to offer medicinal relief so you can enjoy this wonderful weather. This picture uses repetition and a slight diagonal.

The second one is of the trees in bloom on the Southern Miss campus. The sun is shining through the branches and leaves, making for too beautiful of a day to be cooped up in class. This photo uses the rule of the thirds because the path is in the lower left third of the frame. It’s also an example of a long shot.

The last photo is an example of an extreme close up. The picture is of a bikini top with a sunglasses pattern on it. With spring here summer isn’t too far off, so everyone better get ready for those days laying out by the pool or on the beach.

Written by yolandacruz93

March 18, 2013 at 10:16 pm