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Dignity and Photojournalism

Terrace C
11 a.m. Feb. 26
Presented by Francine Orr, Los Angeles Times Photojournalist

Award-winning photojournalist Francine Orr presented two projects that took her months to complete. Orr shared her works including “Living on pennies” and “Autism.”

She said that she did not want this to be a “formal” workshop. She talked about the harsh reality of photojournalist’s decline and that photojournalist now have to wear many hats.

Getting the Shot Without Getting Shot

Terrace B
10-11:50 a.m. Feb. 27
Presented by Frank LoMonte
Director of Student Press Law Center

“If you wouldn’t drop your pants there, it’s a public place,” said Frank LoMonte, the Director of Student Press Law Center. LoMonte explained the rights of student journalists in his workshop.

He cracked down on the myths of journalism rights, specifically for photojournalists and videographers. He set the record straight, as a lawyer and former journalist, that it is not unethical or illegal to take pictures of anyone—including children—in a public place. It is not illegal to use those photographs for profit unless it is in a situation where revenue can come forth, such as a commercial or advertisement.

Student Press Satire

Terrace A
11-11:50 A.M. Feb. 27
Presented by Dan Reimold from St. Joseph’s University

“Satire is parody with a point,” said Steven Colbert in a video clip played during Dan Reimold’s satire workshop. Reimold, a professor at St, Joseph’s University, established that his goal was to make the entire room boom in laughter.

Reimold showed both the funny and serious sides of satire. He showed the do’s and don’ts of making “fun” of serious topics. His four steps to being funny are, “Identify your target, pick out pressure points, recognize your angle, and simply call bullshit.”

Mythbusting Campus Secrecy

Terrace C
1-1:50 P.M. Feb. 27
Presented by Frank LoMonte
Director of Student Press Law Center

Frank LoMonte spoke on the rules of privacy and the rights to private records. “There are no grounds for invasion of privacy. If they ask, you can say no,” said LoMonte.

His advice to journalists who get involved with the police is to call a supervisor. Let them know where you are and what is going on so you have support.

Under the Privacy Protection Act, a workplace for journalist that is private—including where they download and hold all of their files, both text and visual—can not be searched by the police without a court hearing.

Taking the Pulse of Your College Student Body

Terrace A
10-10:50 A.M. Feb. 28
Presented by the staff of The Independent (Steven, Tra and Diana)

The Independent’s editor-in-chief, news editor and design manager presented on taking student polls. There was a successful turn out with half of the room from the Indy.

A thorough slideshow demonstrated how to conduct and organize a poll. The presenters also made the presentation interactive with a poll during the presentation that was posted on Twitter.

Keynote Speaker Brian Stelter

Former New York Times reporter Brian Stelter filled in as a keynote speaker for 58-year-old David Carr on Feb. 27 during the 31st Annual ACP National College Journalism Convention after Carr’s sudden death a week prior.

Stelter’s speech was titled “What David Carr Taught Me About Journalism.” Stelter spoke both of his own uprising into journalism and how Carr became his mentor and father-like figure.

The audience included students and advisors who were attending the conference.

“If I could sum up what I think David’s message would be to you, it would be to have passion,” said Stelter.

“I kept my head down and wrote anything that came my way,” said Stelter, who was hired onto the TImes at the age of 21.

“I wish I wasn’t here speaking, but I am happy to be here,” said Stelter.

Stelter spoke about the advances of multimedia reporting and importance of being plugged in to every news source.

Stelter held a Q&A at the end of his speech. For about 20 minutes, students and advisors took turns, bouncing between each mic. Some asked serious questions, when others kept it light-hearted, asking, “By the way what color did you think the dress was?” after Stelter ranted about the photoshopped dress that took media by storm over the few days the conference was held.