Searching for a theme…. I did like the simplicity of http://aejmcnewspaper.wordpress.com, but not the lack of author names or CSS control… but it will be the weekend before I even peek at others.
The Best of Multimedia Design 2009 winners include two gold, two silver awards and seven awards of excellence for NewYorkTimes.com.
A Judges’ Special Recognition Award also went to nytimes.com, “to acknowledge their work in raising the bar for special events coverage with Election 2008,” according to the SND citation.
Among the Times winners:
* Choosing a President (gold award)
* You Finish, You Win (gold award)
* One in 8 Million (silver award)
* Tracking US Airways Flight 1549 (silver award)
Other silver awards went to:
* Andaman Rising carolinaphotojournalism.org
* Hurricane Tracker msnbc.com
* Indy 500 Car Tracker indystar.com
* Ted Kennedy boston.com
For the full list of winners, and judges’ comments, see SND Update: The Best of Multimedia Design Winners
Event-design as Rorschach test… Am I the only one who mistook the jagged white Rocky Mountain profile ranging through next year’s AEJMC Convention logo for an optimistic graph of media industries’ ups and downs, showing a slight upturn on the right? On second thought, the line looks exciting, dangerous and cracked, which reminds me of someone…
Getting a crowd of journalism educators together in Hunter Thompson territory in August could be a lot of fun. I hope I can attend… (I hope anyone can attend, given the state of academic travel budgets, if my own institution is any indicator.)
Thinking of Hunter inspired a rewrite of this post and gave me a panel discussion idea for the event: “Going Gonzo: From Uncle Duke to Johnny Depp, how do journalism faculty and today’s students deal with Hunter S. Thompson‘s legacy?” He’s in my students’ textbook, on a page headed, Journalism heroes, legends and folklore. He’s relevant to bloggers and skeptics, rebels and iconoclasts, lefties — and libertarian lovers of recreational firearms.
So let’s make that a discussion question for any journalism educators who see this post: How DO you treat Hunter Thompson in your classes? Is he in the textbook you use? (In my case, it’s a “yes” for Tim Harrower’s Inside Reporting.) Is he discussed in writing classes? In magazine classes? Reporting classes? History classes? Ethics classes? Do students read him? What do they think?
A possible new home for the AEJMC Newspaper Division web editor’s blog.
This is just a trial balloon at the moment, but the server that housed my AEJMC Newspaper Division weblog for years is going offline in December. Its archives are still here.
Actually a subsection of my original “Other Journalism” blog, that collection of postings was linked to and from the more static (and more official) website I edit for the organization, http://aejmc.net/newspaper
Lost newcomers: AEJMC is the Association for Education in Journalism & Mass Communication, publisher of various journals and convener of various conventions for journalism school professors and students In short, it’s where we publish, so as not to perish.
My other Web stuff is linked to my personal hub: http://stepno.com
I’m also @bobstep on Twitter