UPDATED: Wednesday Web Links 2/16/11

This is a new feature of smalltownphotojournalism.com that I am working on. Starting today and continuing every Wednesday, I will post a list of links to photojournalism related stories.

  • The New York Times has a a great blog called Lens. If you are not reading it you probably should. This week they have a post titled “Through My Eye, Not Hipstamatics” about the controversy surrounding Damon Winters winning POYi entry.
  • As a counter point to the above link (or maybe you should read this one first), Chip Litherland’s blog has a post titled “There’s an App for Photojournalism” also about Damon Winter’s POYi entry. There is a lot to think about here.
  • This is not really a story but it should be of interest to all the Backpack, multi-platform, one-man-band, jack-of-all-trades, visual story teller, journalists out there. I am going to do everything in my power to make it to the NPPA 2011 Multimedia Immersion workshop this year. It has a great faculty lined up including Wes Pope, formerly of the Rocky Mountain News.
  • I stumbled onto the blog of David Stephenson, a freelance multimedia photojournalist who has had stories run on Time.com. Stephenson’s projects are primarily shot on the venerable Canon 5D Mark II and he does it well.
  • The Boston Globe’s photo blog the Big Picture and features a gallery on the 135th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. Kids and dogs. Kids and Dogs. It’s what sells newspapers.

That’s it for this week. Post a comment if there is something I should be reading and it might make it onto next weeks web links.

iPad for Photographers Link Roundup

Now that the iPad with 3G is out I figured it was time to take a look at how photographers could utilize one. I have rounded up a selection of links related to the iPad, photography and blogging. Check it out.

  • iLounge.com – Reviews: Apple iPad Camera Connection Kit
  • photo.net – Is The iPad a Serious Tool for Photographers?
  • youtube.com – Photogene (app) for iPad video
  • youtube.com – PixelMagic (app) for iPad video tutorial
  • wordpress.com – WordPress for iPhone OS 2.4 with iPad support for mobile blogging
  • photoshelter.com – Wider Angles: The Apple iPad. Publishing Evolution? Photography Revolution?

great story about saving a small newspaper

The Silverton Standard and The Miner is a roughly 1000 circulation paper based in the old mining town of Silverton, Colorado. The town has a full time population of just over 500 people. The paper has been bought and sold over the years but has remained part of the community since the late 1870s. When it was about to go out of business, the current editor asked the local historical society to take over operations to keep the paper from closing.

In an unusual move the owners of the paper donated it to the historical society. A short documentary about Silverton and its paper can be found here. Its a feel good story illustrating how the readers of a paper are ultimately what will determine it’s success. It does make me worry considering the editor is also the reporter, photographer, circulation manager, copy editor, etc. I thought I had a lot on my plate being the only photographer at the paper I work at.

On a side note it was shot and edited by former Rocky Mountain News staffer Sonya Doctorian. It’s good to see more and more of the former Rocky still shooters/videographers working both in Colorado and in the journalism industry.